Changing Worlds, Transforming Lifeways
NAU in Peru: Archaeology and Ecology Field School
This summer, the Changing Worlds-Transforming Lifeways field school will be offered in northern Peru.
Session I: June 1- July 3rd
Session II: July 6th – August 9th
This experience focuses on four key themes of transition:
- Effects of globalization and modern lifestyle in urban Peru
- Colonialism and the independence from Spain
- Reclaiming traditional lifeways and the Quechua language in the nearby highlands of Incahuasi
- Changing cultural and natural environment of the Pomac Forest over the past thousand years, the social/cultural impacts of disasters like El Niño and especially drought, and what that means for local residents living both in the countryside and in the city
Students interested in education, history, anthropology, and/or ecology (to name a few) will witness first-hand how inhabitants of one of the most ecologically and culturally diverse locations on the planet have survived and thrived over the last several millennia when faced with various transformative events.
2024 field school experience will focus on locating the origin point of ancient canals, metal and pottery workshops, and households used by ancient people at the site of Huaca Letrada over 1000 years ago in the La Leche Valley, Lambayeque, Peru. To do so, we will combine non-destructive drone-based archaeological survey and digital field methods, with traditional excavations and laboratory analysis. Expanding on our international and inter-institutional collaboration with local educators and communities, we are planning a series of school workshops and museum exhibits to share our findings.
How will YOU make a difference?
Dr. Kayeleigh Sharp, NAU Archaeology Professor, leads the project in Peru.
The project includes opportunities for credit. Visit the Center for International Education page to apply.