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Short Term | Health and Healing in Ancient Peru
Tucume, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology
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Minimum GPA: 2.75 Visa Required: No
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 04 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Health and Healing in Ancient Peru
Spring 2017
May 3 - May 14
Moche Healing  Peru 2  Peru 3  

Program Description:

This course will use the tools of bioarchaeology to investigate demography, health, and disease in the ancient world, including the broad historical consequences that change in these factors created. We will discuss the concept of health in the ancient world through examples of different archaeological cultures from around the world but specifically in Peru. As a class, we will discuss the evidence of how ancient peoples conceptualized disease, and in turn, how they contended with illnesses. The study abroad will build off the in-class lecture readings that address health through medical texts, tomb art, ancient technology, and human remains. Students will also learn about theoretical approaches to health in anthropology, including readings on demography, embodiment, care, disability, and identity studies.
The study abroad component would extend the spring semester face to face course to provide a high impact international experience for UCF students by introducing them to unique archaeological sites in Peru and help them learn how skeletal remains hold clues to the health in the past. Students will gain important historical and cultural knowledge about ancient civilizations and bioarchaeological methods, but also understand the importance of careful analysis and curation of materials. At the archaeological site of Túcume, students will live onsite, and participate in learn activities with the skeletal collections in the laboratory. 

                      Peru 4

Learning Objectives: 
  • Provide an exemplary international experience for undergraduate students.
  • Explore the culture history of Peru and the major civilizations that evolved on the northern coast.
  • Investigate evidence of health and medicine in the bioarchaeological record from Peru, including reviewing archaeological materials in museums, visiting archaeological sites, and observing changes in human skeletal remains.
  • Learn to identify from a specific case study from the site of Túcume.
  • Compare evidence from different individuals to explore patterns of lifestyle in that ancient community.

Program Course:
  • Required Spring course: ANT 4932 Special Topics (3 credits)- Health and Healing in the Ancient World: An Anthropological Perspective
  • ANT 3955 (1 credit)- Study Abroad course

Syllabus: ANT 4932- Health and Healing in the Ancient World: An Anthropological Perspective


Program fee: $1,120 (subject to amendment)
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1:TBA
Payment 2:TBA

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Airport transportation\
  • Local transportation for program activities
  • Entrance fees for visits
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights

Deadline to apply is 12/15/2016
Deadline to commit to the program is 12/15/2016

*Application and committal deadline may be extended 


Program Leader: Dr. J.M. Toyne
Program Leader email:


This program is currently not accepting applications.