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Archaeological Field School

2018 Fieldwork season

This season will focus on site mapping, followed by archaeological excavation in three main areas of the site: the main church, the Mercedary monastery and the household area surrounding the plaza. The main objective of the 2017 season will be understanding the economic activities that characterized daily life at San Miguel de Piura, as well as the commerce and trade networks stablished with surrounding local communities and other far away Spanish colonies.

Laboratory work will take place in a nearby household, fully equipped to host the students during the day. During laboratory sessions, students will learn how to identify and classify archaeological remains. Likewise, we will explore the manufacturing process, chronology, and stylistic features of several materials such as pottery, glazed ware and metal artifacts.

Learn about Historical Andean archaeology, excavation and laboratory methods by digging in the first Spanish town founded in Peru

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About the Program

The Universidad de Piura, one of the leading research institutions in the Peruvian North Coast, announces the first season of the archaeological field school “San Miguel de Piura, first Spanish foundation in Peru (1534 d.C.)”. Fieldwork will take place at the archaeological site of San Miguel de Piura, located in the Morropon province, La Matanza district, in the northern city of Piura. Our field school has a strong research background since it derives from the ongoing research project that the Universidad de Piura, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Municipalidad Distrital de La Matanza have been conducting in San Miguel de Piura since 1999, under the autorization of the Ministry of Culture.

This academic program offers personalized training in archaeological fieldwork in historical contexts and introduces students with the most important methods and concepts of archaeological fieldwork and laboratory analysis. Specifically, training will include survey, excavation, architectural and laboratory analysis. In this way, students will be able to understand the processes behind the settlement planning of San Miguel and the history of its occupants. Likewise, students will have hands on experience in preservation and analysis of amazingly well-preserved botanical remains, ceramics, textiles, lithics, animal and human bones, among others.

Additionally, workshops on a variety of subjects will be carried out each weekend to complement the training, which will include visits to the most representative touristic sites and traditional communities in Piura.

Our program offers academic credits (*), depending on each student’s request, which can be submitted to the student’s home institution.


Room and board

The Region’s capital, the city of Piura, is only one and a half hour away from the site location and has supermarkets, ATMs, movie theaters, hotels as well as many touristic sites to visit.  Students will spend the nights and weekends on a family household located fifteen minutes away from the site, in Morropón district, where they will have access to internet, water, TV, electricity, local hospital, stores, and restaurants.  During the day, the team will work and rest in a family household two blocks away from the site. Meals will be provided every day except for Sundays, when our weekly fieldtrips are scheduled.

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What to bring

Field Supplies

  1. Trowel (this ones are the best)
  2. Sun block
  3. Chapstick
  4. Bug repellent
  5. Aloe vera (for sunburn)
  6. Water bottle (2)
  7. Comfortable clothing for the field that will also protect you from the sun
  8. Sunglasses for the field
  9. Large hat (to protect your head from the heat!)
  10. Medium size backpack
  11. Work gloves
  12. Hiking boots and breathable hiking socks
  13. Pocket knife
  14. Pencil case

Everyday Items

  1. Medicine (you can buy it here unless it requires a prescription)
  2. Bath towel
  3. Bathing suit (optional)
  4. AC adapter (Peru uses 220V)

Suggestions for Entertainment

  1. Laptop
  2. Movies (you can buy them here)
  3. iPod (MP3 player) (not allowed in the field)
  4. Board games or cards

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Fernando Vela Cossío

Archaeologist. Licensed in Geography and History (Major in Prehistory) (1987). PhD in Geography and History by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2003).

Professor at the “Architecture Design Department” of the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid”. Certified by the “Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA)” as University Professor.

Director of the “Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT)”, created in 1996 through the collaboration between the “Universidad Politécnica de Madrid” and the “Ayuntamiento de Boceguillas” (Segovia), sponsored by the “Junta de Castilla y León y de la Unión Europea (Programa Leader)”.

Vice principal of the “Ordenación Académica y Relaciones con Latinoamérica”. Chair of the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid”.

Director of the “Interior design career program” and of the “Masters in Interior Architecture and Design” of the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid”.

Academic Fellowships

  • Fellow of the “Sociedad Española de Historia de la Construcción (SEHC)”.
  • Fellow of the “Instituto de Investigación del Patrimonio Cultural del Perú (Universidad Ricardo Palma)”.
  • Fellow of the “Real Academia de Historia y Arte de San Quirce de Segovia.”

Research Interests

  • Urban History and Architecture
  • Archaeology of Architecture and History of site construction
  • Latin-American Architecture and urbanism
  • Cultural Heritage

Jorge Pável Elías Lequernaqué

Historiador: Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad de Piura.

Historian: Humanities Faculty, Universidad de Piura.

Masters in Andean History: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador)

PhD. candidate: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. PhD in Andean Antropology, Archaeology, History, and Linguistics.

Historian: Humanities Faculty, Universidad de Piura.

Masters in Andean History: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador)

PhD. candidate: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. PhD in Andean Antropology, Archaeology, History, and Linguistics.


César Astuhuamán Gonzáles

Archaeologist, graduated with honors from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru, 1998) and Ph.D. from the University College London (England, 2008). Lecturer of the undergraduate program of the Archaeology Department, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. He has conducted several research projects about the Inca Empire and Landscape Archaeology in the North and Central Andes of Peru.  Astuhuamán has presented his work at a variety of national and international academic meetings, editing some books (El concepto de lo sagrado en el mundo andino antiguo: espacios y elementos pan-regionales, 2017; Historia de la

Arqueología en el Perú del siglo XX, 2013). He has published on a wide range of subjects, focusing on: the Inca occupation of the Highlands of Piura; the explorer Alexander von Humboldt; the life and career of Julio C. Tello; the Andean deity Apu Pariacaca; and the Early Colonial Period at San Miguel de Piura. He has received honors and awards for his academic trajectory, such as the José Mejía Lequerica Award (Concejo Metropolitano de Quito, 2017), International Partnership and Mobility (British Academy, 2016), Post- Graduate Fellowship (Ford Foundation, 2004-2006) and the National Award for the Social Sciences 2005 (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2005).

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