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 Redondo 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.
The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.
Dr. Maria Cecilia Lozada Director
University of Chicago
Dr. Hans Barnard Director
Ms. Vanessa Muros
UCLA/Getty Conservation Program
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A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program. This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).
Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.
A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.
During the initial days of the program, students will reside at the La Casa de mi Abuela (lacasademiabuela.com) hotel in Arequipa. From there, the team will travel to Iquipi at the Churunga Valley, where field work will take place. At Iquipi, students will stay at a house rented by the project that will have common rooms and clean, but rustic and basic facilities. Beds are provided but students are responsible for linen or may use sleeping bags.
All weekday meals are provided by the project and will be communal events. Meals will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet in Peru is heavily based on rice, corn, potatoes and meat. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are impossible to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options limited.
Students will be met at the Arequipa airport (AQP) on the first day of the field school and by project staff members. It is highly recommended that students fly to Arequipa and not take the bus from Lima as the Panamericana highway is notorious for its many traffic accidents.
If your flight is delayed or you miss your connection, please contact Dr. Maria Cecilia Lozada immediately via phone or email. Dr. Lozada local cell phone number and contact information will be provided to enrolled students.
US Citizens must have a valid passport and evidence of return or onward travel to enter and depart Peru. Travelers entering Peru on a U.S. passport receive a card and an entry stamp from Peruvian Immigration upon arrival stating the length of approved stay (usually 90 days). Extensions are not available, and overstays will result in fines. It is imperative that all travelers entering Peru – especially those crossing at a land border – obtain an entry stamp from Peruvian immigration authorities at the time and place of entry. Travelers without an entry stamp will not be allowed to exit the country. Immigration authorities often insist that travelers must return to the point of entry in order to obtain the stamp.
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the Peruvian Embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirement.
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