Archaeology

At CORE we passionately believe that archaeology should be accessible to everyone. And that includes you!

Whether you have previous experience or it’s your first time getting involved in archaeological work, we are happy to welcome you on board.

Through our diverse projects you will work hands-on & side-by-side some of the finest archaeologists in Cusco.

We currently have projects which offer volunteer work at Machu Picchu Archaeological Park.

Our Archaeology Programs run throughout the year. However our activities are dependent on climate conditions.

CORE Archaeology has teamed up with some of the most respected archaeologists in the region and we have an official agreement with the Dirección Desconcentrada del Ministerio de Cultura (DDC) to undertake a variety of cultural & educational activities in El Parque Arqueológico Nacional de Machupicchu (PANM). We work closely with Local MunicipalitiesEducational Institutes, and Official Organizations in the Cusco region.

In addition to this, our partner tour operators and affiliated hotels help provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Andes.

In December 2022 CORE Archaeology were featured on the British TV programme Nick Knowles’ Amazing Railway Adventures’ (S01 – E01) which was broadcast on Channel 5. Nick and the crew visited us on an archaeological dig in Cusco. https://twitter.com/MrNickKnowles/status/1603075880066195457?t=6QcjjaFOyHNRe5zxDAd2kQ&s=19

ARCHAEOLOGY ACTIVITIES

ALL YEAR (JANUARY – DECEMBER): Conservation, Maintenance & Assistance.

Machu Picchu Archaeological Park.

JUNE & JULY – Specific Archaeology Projects.

Various locations in the Cusco region.

NOVEMBER – FEBRUARY: Artefact Registry.

This primarily consists of Inca & pre-Inca ceramic fragments.

Cusco.

MARCH – MAY & AUGUST – OCTOBER: Site Maintenance & Mapping.

Various locations in the Cusco region.

During the wet season (November – March) we are more active with indoor archaeology activities such as the registry of finds. If weather conditions permit, we will carry out maintenance & mapping during these months. If and when excavation works are undertaken, it is ONLY during the driest months of the year.

Machu Picchu Conservation, Maintenance & Assistance Project:

This newly established program is exclusive to CORE Archaeology. You will work alongside archaeology professionals at the world heritage site Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

After a guided tour of the Inca citadel you will assist the staff at this world heritage site. Activities include assisting park staff at the archaeological complex, maintaining ancient walls, channels, and access routes. You may even find yourself working in areas susceptible to erosion or registering native flora and fauna.

This is a truly unique opportunity to experience one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world through hands-on activities.

Specific Archaeology Projects:

You may find yourself unearthing ancient artefacts, cleaning colonial doorways, or restoring ancient structures alongside experienced archaeology professionals. You will become familiar with archaeological processes and how to identify different items and place them into historical contexts. Learn why archaeologists excavate, how specific locations are chosen for restoration, and what happens to artefacts when a ‘dig’ has finished.

This is a great way to gain experience in the field of archaeology with licensed professionals from Cusco.

 Maintenance & Mapping Project:

Coordinated directly with local authorities in Cusco, this project will teach you the basics of site maintenance and how to compose site registry photographs. Become familiar with the basics of how to map to scale in the field using stringlines, compasses, and levels.

Under the guidance of our certified team you will work hands-on producing hand drawn maps and you will learn the techniques employed to maintain ancient structures whilst helping to preserve Inca architecture for future generations.

Artefact Registration Project:

Work alongside CORE Archaeology professionals and register finds from the pre-Columbian era including the Inca and other regional cultures. Learn about traditional ceramic vessels and how to classify potsherds through form and iconography.

Assist with the drawing, photographic registry, and the compilation of data sheets through measurements and written descriptions. Identify the difference between domestic and ceremonial fragments as you become familiar with different pottery clays and modeling techniques.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you will become familiar with pottery from the Cusco region and how adept you will become at correctly identifying artefacts.

ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM PACKAGES

Normally our project packages are for 2 or 4 weeks and are fully financed by our project participants.

Placement prices vary depending on the time of year and type of activities being undertaken.

Ask us about the availability of discounts for student groups, families, and friends travelling together.

Get in touch with us for the full project schedules, structure, and pricing details.

If 2 weeks aren’t enough, let us know as there are usually additional weeks available for our project placements.

Check here to see what’s included in this package.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

The following activities are included in ALL of our 2 week Programs.

Pottery Class in Cusco: ‘Ancestral Ceramic’ session at the ‘Wiracocha taller’ in Cusco.

Archaeological Site Visits: In addition to your tour and work at the Machu Picchu complex you will also visit some of the other famous archaeological sites in the Cusco region.

Day Trip to Viñicunca: Also known as ‘Rainbow Mountain’, this geological attraction is very popular with visitors to Cusco. Situated about 3 hours’ drive from the city, once there, you will have the option to hike or ride horseback to the summit and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Museum Visit: The Pre-Columbian Art Museum in Cusco exhibits gold, silver, and ceramic collections from the pre-Columbian era.

THAT’S NOT ALL!

Airport pick-up by a member of staff.

Hotel transfer.

14 nights hotel accommodation.

Breakfasts.

Lunches (Monday – Friday).

Evening meals (Monday – Friday).

Program induction & orientation.

Transport for all program activities.

Qualified archaeologists & museologist.

Entrance to Machu Picchu and guided tour.

Entrance to all archaeological site visits.

All materials and tools to complete activities.

24/7 in country staff support and staff contact number.

Fully supervised programs.

Certificate of completion.

Native English and native Spanish speaking staff.

Airport transfer.

Airport set down with member of staff.