Peru 2016

The past four weeks have been a unique and thrilling experience for the students who have been learning on the job at Centro Mallqui, and exploring the culture and landscapes of Peru. We’ve learned what it is to be a bioarchaeologist or a radiographer abroad, and we’ve had first hand experience with working on real …

The past few days have gone by quickly as we anticipate our side trips to Lima and Cuzco, as well Ollantaytambo and other fun towns near Machu Picchu. This week, we tie up loose ends, check our work and go over the final pieces. Thursday, we pack up and clean the lab, leaving it tidy …

Already into our last week at Ilo, it feels as though time as slipped us by. All the amazing things we have experienced, and all of the hard work we have put in the lab has left us exhausted in the night but ready for adventure every morning. The second week has been packed with …

We are staying at the Hostal Torrelio in Ilo, which is a small city on the southern coast of Peru located in the Moquegua District. The hostal is conveniently located and everything we need is within an easy walking distance. There is a small grocery (Superton) at the corner where in the mornings you are …

Peru has a new President! The presidential election was held on Sunday, but the winner was not announced until Thursday afternoon. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) of the Peruvians for Change party, narrowly beat Popular Force candidate, Keiko Fujimori. How narrowly? By less than half a percentage point with PPK receiving 50.12% of the popular vote …

The first week in Ilo has flown by, and we’re already going on our second week of work at Centro Mallqui. The teams have gone through a record amount of work for the first week of the trip this year, getting tons of valuable data and making many important observations about the population in question, …

We’ve Arrived! First Day on the Job

We’ve Arrived! Thanks to hospitality of our airlines, hotels, drivers, and our excitement for the trip, we’ve finally made it to our home away from home. The Anthropology and Radiology teams met up during a short stay in Lima, we took off for our flight to Tacna and were treated to a spectacular view of …

Hello and Welcome to the blog for the WCC Anthropology study abroad. For the past 3 years, Dr. Christopher Barrett has been taking a group of students to Peru to do research at the Centro Mallqui facility located near Ilo in southern Peru. Centro Mallqui roughly translates to “Mummy Center”. My name is Liz Barrett …