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Summer 2009

Laura Straub Visits India

I went on the anthropological expedition to Ladakh and Hamachal Pradesh in India with the Himalayan Health exchange. My experience with this program was great. I enjoyed learning about Tibetan and Indian culture first hand and experiencing the beautiful Himalayan mountain range. This trip was a once in a lifetime advennture with expierences such as exploring the ancient caves of Padmasambava, to drinking butter tea in McLeodganj home to his holiness the Dalai Lama, and sitting with local changpas in the greater Himalayas watching them shear pashmina goats.


Summer 2008

William R. Skibinski - Ethnographic Field Methods Carhuaz, Peru (Andean Field School)

Primary focus: PAR (participatory action research) activities, community immersion, medical anthropology, education, environmental/ecological concerns, biodiversity, waste management, composting, medicinal plants, and Spanish language.

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Rachel Mayo and Eva Shultz-Himalayan Anthropology Field Expedition

Himalayan Health Exchange

June 10 thru July 4
Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing an anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2008.  Through an independent study/fieldwork in a remote Himalayan Tibetan Borderland, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context.  During their journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic life and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance. 
Lecture topics will include:  Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

For details, please contact Ravi Singh, Founder:   Himalayan Health Exchange:,     404-929-9399. 

Marybeth Taylor in Copan

The Harvard Field School in Maya Archaeology and Epigraphy in Copan,
Honduras.  Under the auspices of the Peabody Museum and the Department
of Anthropology at Harvard University, the Harvard Summer School, and
the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History.

This program offers summer study of the ruins of Copan for students
interested in archaeology, epigraphy, museums, and Latin American
studies.  Through evening seminar discussions and daily fieldwork,
students discuss and practice settlement pattern survey and analysis,
landscape archaeology, geographic information systems, total station
laser mapping, household archaeology, soil and flotation analysis,
ceramic classification, lithic studies, osteology, hieroglyphic
decipherment exercises and sculpture documentation and study.  Other
topics covered in depth include archaeological conservation,
museography, and architectural restoration.  Students work alongside
Honduran students and staff during the excavations and in the lab. 
This enables them to gain an appreciation and understanding of their
counterparts in Honduras and of the diverse cultures of present-day
Mesoamerica.  This program enables students to engage in close
collaboration with others to preserve the past for the future and to
disseminate knowledge about its applications for the present day. 

Research began in the Copan Valley by studying the settlement patterns
of the supporting population and conducting household archaeology to
examine their ways of life.  It expanded into a multi-disciplinary,
multi-institutional program in the 1980s and 1990s that investigated
the architectural and dynastic history of the civic-ceremonial center
in great detail.  Today, Copan is recognized as the best understood
city of the Ancient Maya and one of the best represented in site

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