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Pre-Columbian Project Grant Reports

Pre-Columbian Studies makes a limited number of project awards that are intended to support the urgent survey, excavation, and appropriate object conservation for vulnerable sites that are in imminent danger of loss or destruction. The normal range of awards is $3,000–$10,000. Applicants should provide evidence that the relevant site or  landscapes, or objects are under immediate threat. For more information about grants and instructions for applying, see here.

Funding may be used only to cover direct costs for which original documentation must be submitted at the conclusion of the project. Examples of eligible expenses include transportation (excluding students), meals, housing, vehicle rental, workmen’s wages, and technical analysis (as part of the overall project). Grants are not normally made for the purchase of computers or other equipment, or to cover the salaries of the principal investigators. Project grants are not given purely for the purpose of travel, or for work associated with a degree, library or archival research, catalogues, nor for conservation and restoration per se. Priority is given to applicants who have not previously received support from Dumbarton Oaks.

Project grant reports available online may be read by clicking the title of the report.


Salvage Excavations of V–05, a Siguas-Ramadas Cemetery in the Vitor Valley of Southern Peru

Maria Cecilia Lozada, University of Chicago


The Thorny Oyster and the Inca Empire: The Spondylus Workshop at the Inca Site of Cabeza de Vaca, Tumbes

Carolina María Vílchez Carrasco, Ministerio de Cultura, Programa Qhapaq Ñan


Leaving No Stone Unturned: Emergency Recording of Chontales-Style Sculpture at the Nawawasito Site in Central Nicaragua

Alexander Geurds, Leiden University / University of Colorado at Boulder

The Investigation and Protection of Cave Sites in the Periphery of Pacbitun, Belize

Terry Powis


Exploration of an Early Archaeological Site Threatened with Destruction in Oaxaca, Mexico

Stephen Whittington, Wake Forest University


Saving the Palace of Atahualpa: The Late Imperial Inca Site of Caranqui, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

Tamara Bray, Wayne State University, and José Echeverría, FONSALCI, Ibarra, Ecuador

Rescuing the Site of Cerro Narrío, Ecuador

J. Scott Raymond, University of Calgary, and Florencio Delgado, Universidad de San Francisco, Quito


La Joya Pyramid, Central Veracruz, Mexico: Classic Period Earthen Architecture

Annick Daneels, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Rescue Excavations at the Tumilaca La Chimba Cemetery: Late Tiwanaku Bioarchaeology and Iconography

Patrick Ryan Williams, The Field Museum, Chicago, Michael E. Moseley, University of Florida, Maria C. Lozada, University of Chicago, and Nicola Sharratt, University of Illinois at Chicago


Paracas Necropolis: Salvaging Contextual Relationships

Ann H. Peters, Visiting Scholar, Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University


Salvage, Conservation, and Consolidation at the Classic Maya Site of Tecolote, Guatemala

Sierra del Lacandón Regional Archaeology Project: Charles Golden (Director); Rene Muñoz, Andrew Scherer, Luis Romero (Co-Directors); Kimberly Machovec-Smith, Margaret Kipling, Leslie Rainer, and Arlen Heginbotham (Conservators)


Emergency Archaeology at Gran Pajatén

Warren Church

Uncovering Cancuen’s Royal Palace: The Political Role of Classic Maya Art

Arthur Demarest


The San Bartolo Mural Rescue Project

William Saturno

Excavation of the Platform of Women Weavers

Carol Mackey


Cueva de los Vampiros: Emergency Excavation of a Deep Rock Shelter on the Central Pacific Coast of Panama

Richard Cooke


Emergency Excavations at Conchapata: Huari Temple Architecture and Iconography in Ayacucho, Peru

Anita Cook, Catholic University of America, and W. H. Isbell, State University of New York, Binghamton


Socioeconomic Organization in the Late Prehispanic Lambayeque Sphere, Northern North Coast of Peru: Excavations on the Pampa de Burros

Hartmut Tschauner, Harvard University, with Lucía Balbuena Cotlear, Víctor Curay Rufasto, Natalia Guzmán Requena, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú


The López Viejo Project, Ecuador

Elizabeth J. Currie, University of York

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