In the past week, massive strikes have occurred in the major cities of PerÃº. The strikes here have a typical pattern much different than in the U.S.. Instead of the weak “Honk your horn for X,” protesters here block major highways with boulders, sometimes using dump trucks and bulldozers to… Read more“It’s Not All Chicha Morada and Tripe”
Â¡Lima, Ya Es Diferente!
I went with the archaeoastronomy students to the Museo de la NaciÃ³n. Like the Museo Nacional de ArqueologÃa, etc. where I work, it is filled with exhibits about precolumbian PerÃº. The Museo de la NaciÃ³n has more gigantic reconstructed displays while the other seems to have smaller, more genuine things… Read more“Â¡Lima, Ya Es Diferente!”
Church Faires Are Also Awesome
Before I took the new students to the Inti Raymi faire I went alone through Jesus MarÃa to get to the Metro for some groceries. Along the way, I passed by the local church and there was a lot going on. A church faire! The fact that faires now get… Read more“Church Faires Are Also Awesome”
Life is A Faire
Another batch of field students, another excuse to go to the Inti Raymi faire! I took the first two archaeoastronomy students to arrive to the Parque de la ExposiciÃ³n to partake in the festivities. This time, the next to last day of the faire, had a much larger turnout. There… Read more“Life is A Faire”
Personal Interlude 2: Rite of Passage… Passed!
Mercedes Delgado, Peruvian archaeologist, approached me with an envelope. She had me take out the contents. An official invitation to present at a anthropometry/bioarchaeology workshop at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, here in Lima. !!! She said I could present in English, so no pressure. I was just… Read more“Personal Interlude 2: Rite of Passage… Passed!”
Personal Interlude 1: Pachakuteq
According to one version of Inca history, when Cusi Yupanqui defeated the invading Chancay people and drove them from Cusco, he started a period of conquest that would soon reach over two thousand miles along the Pacific Coast of South America. He gave himself a new name as leader of… Read more“Personal Interlude 1: Pachakuteq”
A Weekend Excursion to Pachacamac
Last weekend we took a field trip down to Pachacamac, a site/tourist attraction to the south of Lima. I’m very familiar with the site: we had a tour there in 2004 and on my second trip I worked there with some of the radiologists. This time I took the students… Read more“A Weekend Excursion to Pachacamac”
A Night at the Faire
In my previous trips to Peru, I’ve gone to a faire that has been held in the nearby Parque de la ExposiciÃ³n. It’s a pretty big park built expressly to add culture to the city. It has several art museums, and a nice fountain. There are also amphitheaters and even… Read more“A Night at the Faire”
You Almost Hit Me! Take Me to the Pizza Hut!
A little bit of non-linear storytelling here: before the homeless guy incident below, we had decided to get some American-style cuisine. Namely, KFC. I looked up the nearest KFC/Pizza Hut in Lima (they have double stores, like Hardee’s and Red Burrito). It’s on the way to the museum we work… Read more“You Almost Hit Me! Take Me to the Pizza Hut!”
Work is Not Much to Write About
The field school kicked off for real towards the beginning of the second week. Things are going quite well. Bob and I are impressed by how quickly the students are learning. They’ve already handled a large spectrum of peoples, from stillborn babies to older men. On Monday they will start… Read more“Work is Not Much to Write About”