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  • Locations: Churunga, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Payment Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/22/2018 08/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline: Archaeology Language: English
Sub Discipline: Field Archaeology
Program Description:

In January of 1943, workmen at the Churunga Valley discovered extraordinary Wari and Inca objects at Corral Redondo. The finds included imperial Wari face-neck jars, dozens of spectacular Wari feathered textiles, silver Inca objects and high-end Inca ceramics, miniatures and textiles.  The site was likely a huaca – a sacred Andean site. The nature of the recovered objects suggests that the site functioned as a capachocha, an important ritual location where high-end objects were interned as part of elite ceremonies.  This alone makes Corral Redondo an important site. The fact that such high-end objects were interred at the site over an extended period of time (AD 600-1550) suggests that Corral Redondo was remembered for centuries as a potent ceremonial location – an extremely rare occurrence in the Andes. This project will excavate the site and attempt to recover additional objects, understand its architecture and through ground survey, contextualize Corral Redando is time and space. We will also help create a local museum where finds from the site will become part of the cultural heritage of the local community.