Angely Mondestin '10
Over the summer, Angely Mondestin '10 was an intern for the BioArchaeological Project in Andahuaylas, Peru.
Over the summer, I was an intern for the BioArchaeological Project in Andahuaylas, Peru. The purpose of the project was to perform excavations on skeletal and mummified remains of a pre-Incan ethnic group known as the Chanka from burial caves in a mountainous village (3000 meters above sea level) called San Antonio de Cachi. In terms of skeletal analysis, the project was mainly focused on determining whether or not genocide occurred to this population during the colonial era. My duties in the field consisted of carrying equipment to and from our village house, using the field equipment to excavate the burial caves, sift through the dirt with screens, write down field notes, draw floor plans, and offer any knowledge or opinions I had on human osteology. This project allowed me to broaden my interests in the field of human rights and especially physical anthropology, and I know that now, more than ever, I want to continue my studies in the field by going to graduate school in the near future.
- Angely Mondestin '10