Saturday, January 30, 2010

Arequipa, Peru

San Francisco Church

The Cathedral

Plaza de Armas

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Delicious Dishes in Lima

Pisco Sours con la Jefa

Vegetarian lasagna

Assorted Appies

Leche de Tigre (ceviche marinade juice), and behind: large puffed maize kernels

Ceviche mixto (assorted raw seafood marinated in lime and spices)

Jalea mixta (assorted battered and fried fish and seafood topped with fried plantains)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Josh's Month in Chavin, Peru

When Laura returned home to photograph Katie's wedding, Josh put his degree to use and spent a month volunteering at a pre-colonial archaeological site in the Peruvian Andes called Chavin de Huantar.

While working at the archaeological site Josh rented a room in an Andean Cevicheria.

The ice cold shower

...The shared bathroom with the hole in the floor was a bit of a downer, but aside from that the place was fine....

Pack llamas

The trench... Josh's office for the month.

After a week of excavating, a couple of small holes appeared at the bottom of a section of the trench. When I measured the depth I found it exceeded the length of a 5-metre tape.

Anticipation builds as we work to thoroughly document as much pertinent information as possible prior to removing the large flat rocks which surround the holes.

Once the roof stones were removed the team was able to descend headfirst to take a look. Above is one of the first glimpses of the previously unknown canal system. A sight that can let the imagination run wild when one considers that these walls may not have been seen by human eyes for thousands of years.

The head archaeologist takes a look.


Many detailed ceramics were encountered in and around the canal.

Every ounce of soil had to be sifted in search for material culture. Can you spot the artifact?

How about now?

Examining the canal

The remaining trench crew pose for a photo after hand digging and sifting through soil from over 200 metres of ditch.

The site's grass trimming llamas

Inside Rocas, the largest of the canals.

The famous lanzon

Chavin is situated in a valley surrounded by stunning scenery. Josh loved to spend his day off exploring the hillsides.

Cuy (guinea pig), an andean delicacy