10 Life Lessons I Learned in Peru
Aug06

10 Life Lessons I Learned in Peru

CAUTION. Corny moments may ensue. 1) Travel. Travel now. It’s so rewarding to be able to go and see another culture. The landscapes might even be similar to what you’ve seen (like living on the Pacific shore, meanwhile I am from Long Island), but there is something magical about seeing it in a new place. The people have all new perspectives and outlooks and it is nothing but beneficial to you to learn from them and acknowledge them. ...

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4 Days?! No!!
Aug02

4 Days?! No!!

Wait, what do you mean I only have 4 more days?! No!! This past week was an awesome work week. I started and got through most of my interviews and helped organize and analyze some cool sets of human remains! The interviews are for the documentary that I’ll be making at the end of this trip. What documentary? Well! This field school counts for two Anthro classes (for me, but it varies student to student) and so I need to do a final...

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Work, Museums, and Markets–Oh My!
Jul21

Work, Museums, and Markets–Oh My!

Hello all! Here I am, typing to you with clean hair! Yay! Showers are kind of a luxury around the hospijade here. With 16 or so people living in one house and the water shutting off around 6pm, the reservation water runs out quickly! It doesn't get turned on until 7am. It's something to get used to, but it definitely could be worse!! No worries--I am clean for now! This was a really awesome weekend, finishing off a good week! We...

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An Archaeological Work Week!
Jul12

An Archaeological Work Week!

Today marks the last day of my first work week at field school in Peru! I can't believe it's actually been a full work week. And when I say "full," I mean FULL. Bioarchaeologists do not waste any time whatsoever!! I guess I should further explain my situation here, huh? A field school is a credit-awarded program for students interested in anthropology and/or archaeology, essentially. There's about 16 students here altogether--I'm the...

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¡Hola Summer Hawk-Talk Blogger!
Jul01

¡Hola Summer Hawk-Talk Blogger!

So, it’s 1:15 in the morning, but you need to know at this very moment that I am in successfully posting this from Peru! But first—who am I? Hint: the answer is not 24601. Sorry, Valjean, you gotta come clean.   I’m Corrine! Long story short, I transferred to Wagner a little over a year ago after deciding that astrophysics was too introverted for me. So, there I was, taking my first-ever anthropology course; it was covering some...

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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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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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visitamos Huacas de Moche
Jul16

visitamos Huacas de Moche

A friend arranged an amazing tour today of the Huacas de Moche archaeological site. We are working on human remains excavated during the early 2000s, but new work continues every day.

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Work and Play
Jul16

Work and Play

Hello everyone! Peru is still awesome and I do not think that is going to change anytime soon. The weather has changed a bit since I have first arrived. It was originally sunny and hot every day, which is odd for this season in Peru, as it's the beginning of their winter. But most recently it has been cloudy and a bit cooler, but still beautiful and full of new and interesting facts to learn every day. I am having an amazing time...

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Hola from Nick!
Jul11

Hola from Nick!

Hello there! It's Nick reporting from Peru! It has been an amazing time since the start of the trip. Traveling from the United States into Lima, and then from Lima into our current location Trujillo has been great! Day 2 of our lab research was very exciting. In the lab we are analyzing remains, and most recently we have been even analyzing juvenile remains. We are located in a museum between the Huaca de Luna and Huaca de Sol, two...

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al Museo
Jul09

al Museo

We got started working in the lab on Friday! Here are a few photos: These are the remains of a middle-aged male recovered from Plaza 2b, tomb 4. Nick worked hard to pick through the fragments to see if there are any more identifiable pieces. What remains are tiny pieces of skull bone (light colored bits) and fragments of dessicated brain (dark...

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Hemos llegado
Jul05

Hemos llegado

We arrived in Lima early this morning and headed to our Hostel - El Patio, in Miraflores.  Most things went smoothly. Tonight we fly up to Huanchaco!

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Vamonos a Peru!
May29

Vamonos a Peru!

This summer 3 Wagner students, 1 alumna, and 1 professor will be traveling to the colonial town of Huanchaco, on the north coast of Peru. Working with Museo Huacas de Moche and MOCHE Inc they will do some archaeology, some ethnography and some community service/development work. Follow the adventure!        

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