Announcing a new Meetup for Nashville Backpacker Meetup!
What: Archaeological Survey in the Peruvian Andes
When: Come for 2.5 weeks to 3 months between June 15 and September 10, 2009
Price: $75.00 per week
Where: Callejon de Huaylas Valley, Ancash, Peru.
I am an archaeologist (30 yrs old, advanced graduate student in the department of anthropology at Vanderbilt University) running a research project this summer in Peru and I am looking for interested participants! I will be doing a lot of archaeological survey, which means we will spend our days hiking the Andes looking for and recording ancient sites with standing architecture (this includes ancient settlements, ritual centers, mounds, etc. all from the prehistoric period, i.e. Inca and earlier). We would spend our days describing and mapping these archaeological sites, as well as collecting artifacts from the surface of the ground (such as decorated ceramic fragments, stone tools, etc.). I need people to assist me in this who like a good adventure, like to travel and hike, find archaeology interesting, would enjoy living in the local communities of the rural Andes, and want to have a life-changing experience. The work is challenging and fun! The setting is the world-famous Cordillera Blanca and Callejon de Huaylas valley of the north-central Peruvian highlands where people come from around the world to trek, climb glaciers, and simply take in the beautiful scenery. (I will also be doing a month of excavation as well if people are also interested in that.)
I will be down there working from June 15 to September 10, and I would take people anywhere from 2.5 weeks to 3 months. I can send more information if you'd like (or meet up with you in Nashville to show you pictures and discuss the project), and I also posted a few pictures on my profile of the area if you want to see what it looks like (also type in Cordillera Blanca, Ancash, Peru into Google Earth and you can check out the landscape as well as the links to pictures others have posted).
As far as cost, you just pay your flight down, the bus ticket from Lima to Huaraz (the nearest city where we will work, about $40 round trip) and $75 for each week you are there simply to cover some minimal costs of housing and feeding you, and I cover the rest of your expenses while you work with me (every 8 days or so we will go to Huaraz or another nearby city to relax, check email, etc. and you will be on your own for hotel and food...but it is super cheap!).
Peru is on the other side of the equator, so our summer is their winter. In this area of Peru the days are usually warm (usually around 60-70 deg F) and the nights cold (as low as 20 deg F) So, you will need to bring layers, a warm jacket, a warm sleeping bag, and a sleeping mat (as well as hiking boots of course). Most of the time we will be living in houses rented from the local villages in the archaeological survey area and hiking or driving to the different archaeological sites each day, while at times we will be backpacking and taking supplies by donkey to more inaccessible sites to camp for several days at a time. The houses in rural Peru are either concrete or dirt floors and the walls made of adobe bricks (the dirt floors are the warmest at night and the adobe is quite cozy). The cities have the usual amenities: modern buildings, internet cafes, restaurants, etc.
You must be in decent shape to handle the hiking, have a positive attitude, be genuinely interested in helping with the archaeological research
, follow direction well, and be ready for an adventure!
Please get in touch asap if you are interested. I reserve the right to be selective in who I bring down; if I don't think the project is a good fit for you, I will kindly communicate this. Please call me or email me with any questions you have.
Learn more here:http://backpackers.meetup.com/166/calendar/10403987/