Peru - Taraco


The northern Titicaca area, located in the department of Puno, Peru, is one of the few areas in the world where complex societies independently arose.  The archaeological site of Taraco, located on the edge of the Ramís River in the far northern Basin, was one of a few political and economic centers in the region during the late Middle Formative (ca. 1300-500 BCE). The importance of this site, together with its long, uninterrupted occupation, makes it an ideal locale to study processes of increasing social and political complexity in detail.  In the 2014 season we will focus on understanding the development of non-domestic, public forms of architecture at Taraco. The relationship between so-called “corporate” architecture and increasing social and political complexity is well established in the northern Basin, and figures prominently in the wider anthropological and archaeological literature.  We will continue our excavation of a sunken court complex situated on the Huayra Mocco Mound (Area I), located across the river from Area A. These excavations will allow us to assess the degree to which Taraco’s political and economic success during the Formative Period was linked to the intensification of civic-ceremonial activities, or with transformations in their forms and organization.  

Peru Taraco Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Peru - Taraco18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jun 22 - Jul 26 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 4,950 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Abigail Levine



Abigail Levine

Dr. Abigail Levine

Dr. Levine ( is a Research Associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.  For more information, click here





Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,450 USD Tuition: 4,540 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,550 USD Tuition: 4,640 USD 


Students will live in comfortable, but modest, field housing in the village of Taraco, and will be provided with hotel lodging while in Puno.  The site of Taraco is located at 3,840 meters above sea level (ca. 12,500 feet) so a period of adjustment to the altitude will be necessary and mandatory.  Conditions at the field house are basic and hot water is not always guaranteed.  Students will likely sleep on bank beds or on mattresses on the floor and will share large communal rooms. 

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events and 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 near impossible to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options limited.