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How Children Learn About Archaeology in Hualcayán, Peru

January 31, 2014

A great collaborative project in applied archaeology with students from Memphis and Peru.

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Salta a Español: Cómo los Niños Aprenden Sobre Arqueología en Hualcayán, Perú

by Robert Connolly

This past summer was my first to visit to Hualcayán, Peru as a part of the PIARA Team. I am an applied anthropologist with a focus in archaeology and museum studies at the University of Memphis (UM), Tennessee, USA.  I am also the Director of the C.H. Nash Museum located on the grounds of the Chucalissa archaeological site, a Mississippian culture temple mound complex.  What first caught my interest in Hualcayán was the post of an interview I had with PIARA Co-Director Rebecca Bria three years ago.  In that interview Rebecca described an archaeological research and community outreach program in Hualcayán that was very similar to one carried out by the C.H. Nash Museum in Memphis.  Both programs envisioned that the communities surrounding the archaeological projects must have an active role in developing their cultural heritage resources…

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