ARC 402: Field Methods in Archaeology, Cochabamba, Bolivia
This archaeological field school is a 4 week, 6 credit
course. It will begin towards the end of May and conclude at the
end of June when we return. Unlike most other summer
courses, your involvement in this course will be virtually every
waking hour of every single day between the dates mentioned
above. This course will involve the practical application
of the basic skills used in the excavation of archaeological
sites including survey techniques, methods of surface collection
and excavation, compilation of field data, and laboratory
processing and analysis. It includes hiking, digging with sharp
shovels and trowels, screening dirt, carrying equipment and
artifact bags, and careful paperwork, to name a few of the tasks
you will be engaged in. For more information on this and
other archaeological field schools offered through UW-L
Archaeological Studies, click
For more information on this and other archaeological field schools offered through UW-L Archaeological Studies, click here.
The field school will be based near the
In addition to your training in archaeological field
methods, you will spend time in the major Bolivian cities of
Finally, you will learn firsthand about Bolivian culture by working in an indigenous village, observing and taking part in community activities (festivals, market days, etc.), and working closely with Bolivian archaeologists and local villagers hired to assist in excavations. Thus, you will gain a great deal more than exposure to the methods implemented by archaeologists in the field. You will live and work in a third world country and you will be exposed to a rich and diverse cultural landscape composed of indigenous Quechua and Aymara populations.
This course is offered every other summer.