Field Living Conditions

The 2019 archaeology field school will take place in the Puno region of the Andes Mountains, southern Peru. Information on camp living, weather, basic expectations, safety, and transportation is below.

All field school students will be provided a detailed field manual explaining the conditions, equipment recommendations, hazards, emergency procedures, resources, etc. Here we offer a brief overview of conditions to help you evaluate our program's fit for you.

Camp Living

Participants will sleep in hostels or on sleeping pads in rural houses near the field sites. Houses are not heated. All food is provided as part of the field school, and all meals are prepared by camp staff and field school participants as a community effort. Breakfast usually consists of oatmeal or other cereal, fruit, coffee, and juice. Lunch, which is packed before leaving the camp for the dig site, typically includes a sandwich, fruit, a sweet snack, and drinks. Given the limitations of foods in the remote region, dietary restriction may be difficult to accommodate, though efforts will be made to do so to the extent possible.
Students supply their own sleeping bags. Electricity is available but internet and cellular service will only be available on the weekends. Showers and modern restrooms will be available on weekends only.


Though it will be summer in the northern hemisphere, it will be winter in Peru. Moreover, the field sites are located at high elevation--over 12,600 ft (3800 m) above sea level. Expect daily high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 20s. Houses and buildings are not heated. Precipitation is rare during the austral winter, but snow and hail are possible. Solar radiation is intense at this high elevation, so sun protection including wide-brimmed hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen are recommended. Layered clothing is recommended to accommodate changing conditions.

Basic Expectations

Be prepared for hard, physical work and life without typical amenities and comforts. Students are expected to be participate in all aspects of the field effort for the entire duration of the four-week course. Work will proceed Monday through Saturday of each week with Sundays available for personal time.


Field research entails certain risks. Compliance with safety procedures is essential. The Department of Anthropology has prepared field encompassing water sources, sanitary facilities, hygiene, medical cautions including vaccinations and first aid, fire safety, skin protection, wildlife, dangers associated with archaeological excavation, and avoidance of becoming lost. All participants will be provided this manual and are expected to have read and be familiar with these guidelines.


The field school will provide all transportation, including air travel, to and from the camp and work sites, as well as on excursions. Students who are interested in altering their travel itinerary must do so in consultation with Dr. Haas and at their own expense.