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Subject: Pre-Program Archaeological Conservation Field School

Pre-Program Archaeological Conservation Field School

From: Ioanna Kakoulli <kakoulli<-a>
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Summer Course
Pre-Program Archaeological Conservation Field School
Place: Tarapaca Valley, Chile
June 22 - July 26, 2008

Organizer: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA


This summer field school is intended for students who are
considering careers in archaeological conservation.  Working under
the supervision of experienced conservators, conservation scientists
and archaeologists at the Tarapaca Project (Chile), students will
engage in intensive learning and hands-on experience documenting,
studying and preserving a wide range of organic and inorganic
archaeological objects.

The Tarapaca area contains extensive and diverse archaeological
remains in one the most breathtaking regions of South America. This
program allows students to study the history of human adaptation to
one of the world's driest areas, the Pampa del Tamarugal (Atacama
Desert). Because of its aridity, all types of materials preserve at
local sites, including human remains, textiles, basketry pottery,
and food remains, making the archaeological experience there one of
the most rewarding anywhere. The valley is just 100 kilometers east
of Iquique, a modern city of 200,000 people located on Chile's
northern coast. The Tarapaca area is a beautiful desert oasis with a
classic southern Andean river cutting through the desert. The area
is also home to one of the densest concentration of landscape art
anywhere in south America- forming both anthropological and
geometric designs in various scales, from miniature rock art to
geoglyphs covering entire hillsides. The Tarapaca Archaeological
Project is a bi-national research project (Chile-California) and has
its field headquarters at San Lorenzo de Tarapaca, the colonial
capital of the Tarapaca region.

As part of an academic research institution, students will have the
opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects in both
archaeology and conservation and interact with an international team
of faculty and students and the local community. At the conclusion
of the field season, students will be gain great appreciation to the
rich cultural patrimony of Chile, both past and present.

The scope of the archaeological conservation field school is to
provide participants, the knowledge of the basic principles of
archaeological conservation and to introduce methods and techniques
of field conservation and preventive and passive conservation
approaches aiming at the long-term preservation of the
archaeological record. Teaching and learning methods will involve
formal teaching, praxis of conservation and guided site and museum
visits. Upon completion of the course, students will have obtained:
an introductory knowledge in Andean archaeology; principles of
archaeological conservation in the field and in the laboratory;
introductory preventive conservation skills; hands-on experience of
non-invasive scientific methods of analysis and diagnostic imaging
and photo-documentation; knowledge of conservation materials and
methods and problem-solving abilities. With this course,
participants will have accomplished approximately 150 hours of
supervised conservation work.

A full description of the course, information on the application
process and on line enrolment is available at:


Enroll early, as places are limited.

Would you need any further information please contact: Prof. Ioanna
Kakoulli at the address below.

Ioanna Kakoulli (PhD)
Assistant Prof. of Archaeological Materials Science and Conservation
UCLA, Materials Science and Engineering Dept. with joint appointment
in the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
A410 Fowler Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510
310-794-4915 (UCLA)
310 4406900 ext.1987 (Getty Villa)
Fax: 310-206-4723

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