up the mountain
Jul25

up the mountain

This weekend we got out of the lab and into the field. We headed up into the Andes to work on some looted tombs. On Sat we hiked to the site on Cerro Huancha, at 3184 ft above sea level on the south side of the Sinsicap valley. On Sun, we hiked up the north side of the Sinsicap valley.  

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A weekend in Simbal
Jul23

A weekend in Simbal

This was one of the most excellent weekends I have experienced while I have been in Peru. On Friday after having a pretty rough day in the lab, we set off on our adventure to Simbal. Simbal is a "campo" community located about an hour up the mountains from Huanchaco (where we are currently staying). We had the opportunity on Saturday to travel up to another archaeologist's site and help out, which was greatly embraced. We sifted...

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Waka Huaca
Jul23

Waka Huaca

Last week, I took my first visit to Huaca de la Luna. The Moche once used this platform mound as an administrative center for religious rituals and political ceremonies. The Huaca walls are covered with ancient architecture and art from generations of Moche governments. Every time a new person would come into power, the new government would construct a new building and sculpt new paintings to commemorate the new ruler. However, they...

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Round Two
Jul20

Round Two

Today was a great day here in Peru. The weather was clear, warm, and over all a beautiful day. As a group we got visit Huaca la Luna and the museum today. This is my second time visiting Huaca la Luna and the museum. I had a blast and learned some new information that I didn't get the first time around. The lab has been great! It was a rough start analyzing all the commingled bones, but now the burials seem to be a bit more complete....

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a Chan Chan
Jul18

a Chan Chan

Chan Chan is the largest prehistoric city in the Moche Valley. The occupation is AD 1100-1400.        

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Moche bling
Jul17

Moche bling

Today was an interesting day in the lab. We found an individual who had silver decorations implanted in his canine teeth. As far as I know, this is the first such case found in the Moche valley. This is the right canine with the drilled hole for an implant visible. This the the left canine with the hammered silver circle still in...

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All Aboard for Sandboarding!
Jul17

All Aboard for Sandboarding!

This was one of the best impulse purchases in my entire life. I decided to embark on this adventure less than 24 hours before it took place with people that I did not know, in a country whose language I did not understand. I now fully understand what it means to trust your instincts because most of the time they're right! For anyone who does not  know what Sandboarding is, first off, you're missing out. Secondly, I can explain it with...

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