Planned impact

The project has two principal domains for impact: public outreach activities in the UK & USA; capacity-building activities and public outreach in Peru. Project results will be disseminated to general audiences in the UK & USA through presentations in education/lecture programmes (e.g., Norwich, London, Cambridge). News, informal updates and video clips about events and discoveries will be posted through our online blog, social media and distribution lists.

David Chicoine presenting Cerro San Isidro field research, Society for Amazonian and Andean Studies meeting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (E. Cruzado), October 2019

Our impact in Peru highlights three main categories: new data sets and information consolidation; archaeological capacity-building; outreach & networking. As the study progresses, new forms of evidence will be retrieved and systematically consolidated for both scholarly and public purposes. Over the long-term, the project helps establish pathways for capacity-building. As all project finds must remain in Peru, their final repositories will be at three regional archaeology museums. They become significant collections, permanent resources available for future study, exhibition and inspiration for Peruvians to learn and engage with the past, particularly for the case study areas under research.

Project Co- Director Milton Lujan Davila, Principal Investigator George Lau, Alcalde de Provincia Marcial Valerio Chavez and municipality officials, Pashash, July 2019

The integrity of both case study sites is under perpetual threat by development, vandalism, natural erosion and looting. Systematic, technical knowledge of their archaeology is the first step for planning their protection and upkeep in conjunction with nearby communities and townships. Direct project contributions include: mapping the off-limits zones; site reports; and consultations on improving protection and heritage infrastructure (e.g., signage, paths, fencing, conservation).

These activities, we hope, will stimulate tourism initiatives of the provincial municipalities, rural groups (adjacent to sites) and private enterprises. Both sites are visually impressive and accessible with automobiles, and thus can be easily incorporated into touristic circuits. The other pathway for long-term benefit concerns developing local crafts/souvenirs and foods for visitors.

Peruvians take great interest and regional pride in their millenary past. Presentations and site tours will be given to townspeople, and news- and school-groups to inform of field activities, the value of archaeology and archaeological heritage, and their role in the future. With the finds and project team already on hand, the local museums also serve as key venues for additional outreach and presentations, formal and informal. Project staff, with local archaeology BA students, plan to oversee temporary exhibitions and posters at the museums, to highlight the richness and potential of local archaeology.

Co-Director Milton Lujan Davila presenting the excavations at Pashash
to a visiting school group, August 2019

Finally, development of education networks is essential. The project provides unique work and travel opportunities for international students, drawn from a range of fields, not just archaeology. We will also secure partner links with universities in Lima, Huaraz and Trujillo to help promote training and professional opportunities, and as an investment for enduring UK-USA-Peru interchanges. These activities balance academic and public interests, with the project at the centre of working synergies between different institutions (academic & museums), town/rural communities and private enterprises. They will result in mutual benefits over the short- and long-term.