You will have the opportunity to assist Professors Matthew Sayre and Silvana Rosenfeld of the Department of Anthropology at USD—alongside faculty and students from Binghamton University—in this project of archaeological mapping and excavation in the sierra of Peru. In this program, you will gain skills and insights in archaeological fieldwork, learn about Peru and its prehistory, as well as take part in an ongoing faculty research project.
Before traveling to Ayacucho, you will visit archaeological museums in Lima and get to know a little about the local culture. In this program, you will learn about archaeological field methods and Andean archaeology. In addition to fieldwork and labwork during the day, your training will involve evening discussions and visits to museums and other archaeological sites in the area.
- Learn a variety of archaeological excavation techniques and related field activities.
- Learn how to catalogue and analyze different types of archaeological material in the lab.
- Learn and appreciate a different culture in current day Peru and learn about daily life in a developing country.
- Develop an interest in global travel and issues while broadening perspectives on the global community and fostering a desire for future travel opportunities.
- Learn and appreciate the Andean past and the current cultures of Peru.
- As a part of a global community, students will develop a broader, more enlightened, perspective of the world which will help them develop an international perspective.
- Students will learn the importance of speaking another language, as they will be part of an international trilingual excavation team.
June 1-July 1, 2018
ANTH 431/531 Field Methods in Archaeology, 3-6 credits (ANTH 431 syllabus / ANTH 531 syllabus)
Participants will stay in shared accommodations arranged by the program.
Wondering how much it's going to cost? See Budget Sheet for information about total program costs, payment schedule, and the withdrawal and refund policy.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How am I going to pay for it? See our Financial Assistance page for a list of USD and external scholarships.
To inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact the Office of Financial Aid as early as possible (non-USD students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution). NOTE: To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer or 12 credits during fall/spring semester.
Applications—including all required pre-decision materials and recommendations—must be submitted online by the deadline specified in the Dates/Deadlines section on this page. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. To start an application, click the Apply Now button on this page. If the Apply Now button does not appear, applications are either not open yet, or it is past the deadline.
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This program is open to students of all majors.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Matthew Sayre is an anthropologist and archaeologist with extensive experience leading students through South America. He has worked in Ayacucho and previously supervised USD's archaeological field school at Chavín de Huantar, Peru. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Silvana Rosenfeld has extensive experience in Peru and worked in Ayacucho in previous field seasons. She is an archaeologically grounded and anthropologically informed scholar engaged with the major themes of food, ritual, and inequality. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University.
For general inquiries, contact the faculty directors (Matthew.Sayre@usd.edu and Silvana.Rosenfeld@usd.edu) or the Center for Academic & Global Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To schedule an advising session with Søren Peterson in CAGE, go to http://tinyurl.com/USDabroad-smp.
For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion.