Certificate in Forensic Studies , 2015
BA Honours (Archaeology), 2015
Over the summer of 2012, Matthew Go, who has since graduated with a BA in Archaeology, participated in a Peruvian field school program in archaeology and bioarchaeology sponsored by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.
San José de Moro is a small site located in the Jequetepeque Valley of northern Peru, and represents one of the most significant cemetery sites and regional ceremonial centers of the Moche society and subsequent cultures. Excavations began in 1991, and since then the site has produced many incredible finds including the tomb of the High Priestess of San Jose de Moro.
A typical day in the field includes tasks ranging from the mundane to the elaborate. Apart from shoveling, sweeping and brushing buckets of dirt out of the ground, each stratigraphic level must be mapped and carefully documented. 3D imaging technology, artifact and pottery analysis, and the study of human skeletal material are also some of the many aspects of our investigation.
However, despite the excitement and allure of being in the field amidst such vibrant examples of prehistory, the main objectives of archaeology must not be forgotten, and that is to understand and interpret how the humans of these past societies lived and interacted amongst themselves and the environment around them.
- Written by the Faculty of Environment