Peru 2012
Aug08

Peru 2012

My Peru 2012 was absolutely amazing. I am home now and realize how much I learned and experienced through my adventures. Dr. Celeste Gagnon is an amazing influence and instructor, she opened doors for enlightenment as well as opportunities for the future. The experience as a whole was one of the greatest I've had. I had so much fun with all my new experiences. Diversifying myself with food, culture, knowledge, were all tools that just...

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Last day in Huanchaco
Aug06

Last day in Huanchaco

Sat was our last day in Huanchaco.  We finished up in the lab in the morning and then after lunch said goodbye as is appropriate... on the beach!

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Our Last Week in Peru
Aug01

Our Last Week in Peru

Hey all, sorry I have not written sooner. This is our last week here in Peru, how unfortunate! This past weekend was awesome though! Besides it being Peru’s independence day, “Veinte Ocho”, we went and visited two other archaeological sites up north and let me tell you, it was amazing. It was very similar stuff to the Huacas we study everyday but different at the same time. It was cool familiar with all the information to be able to...

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Peculiar Pacay
Aug01

Peculiar Pacay

While here in Peru, I have recently discovered the strange looking and strangely delicious tasting pacay fruit; well, technically it is part of the legume family. But when we live in a world where tomatoes are fruits and watermelons are vegetables, I think classification of foreign delicacies should be rather lenient. The pacay fruit is a relative of snow peas, mostly because of the way it is packaged. The fruit is encased in a long,...

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All kinda teeth
Jul31

All kinda teeth

So we have hit a number of people with mal-eruption and extra teeth. Both are vary uncommon in Peruvian prehistoric samples.  People generally have very straight teeth, the result of breast feeding and eating a diet that requires much chewing.  

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Simbal, Simbal. Que tal?
Jul26

Simbal, Simbal. Que tal?

On Saturday, June 21st, we hiked to the archaeological site of Huancha, located in the mountains on the edge of Collambay, a community outside the small town of Simbal. There, I had a chance to step into the shoes of an archaeologist conducting field work. I learned many lessons that day, both the easy and the hard way. Lesson # 1: Wear multiple layers of sunscreen on any and all exposed skin. Peru is located very close to the...

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Things are looking up!
Jul25

Things are looking up!

Lately things have been tough in the lab for us here in Peru. We have been studying a lot of commingled remains that have been tough to take data from.  Recently things have started to turn for the better! The remains have been getting more organized and better for data collection. We must of just hit a rough patch. The organization of some of the remains are a bit hectic, but we make our way through it. Things are moving along and...

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