Updates

Zuleta archaeological site
Sunday 10th December 2017
More than a month has passed since I attended the Dia de los Difuntos celebrations in Salasaka, and I have returned there since to start the survey phase of the project.
Día de los Difuntos, Salasaka
Sunday 12th November 2017
The commemoration of death and the veneration of ancestors is one of the most recognizably ‘human’ traits, observable in archaeological contexts dating back at least into the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe, and possibly earlier still in the Middle East and in sub-Saharan Africa.
Local chakana, Salasaka
Thursday 19th October 2017
During my recent visit to the indigenous township of Salasaka, we happened upon a family ritual, commonly conducted in these regions in the aftermath of a funeral, in the form of a group of people celebrating at a small local cross roads around a bonfire.
Salasaka Yachak and Partera
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Last month I was able to spend a weekend at the indigenous township of Salasaka, in Tungurahua province, at the home of Jorge Caisabanda and family in the Huasalata community. We are planning to start the survey phase of the project in one of the communities here in December.
GAIAS, San Cristóbal island, Galápagos
Thursday 3rd August 2017
With my return from Seville at the end of June, the first formal phase of the project representing the analysis of bibliographic, archaeological and ethnohistorical records concluded.
General Archive of the Indies, Seville
Wednesday 28th June 2017
To visit Seville is to gain firsthand a deeper insight into and experience of the source and nature of Christian Catholic belief systems which were imposed upon Amerindian cultures at the time of the conquest by Spain in the 16th century.
Wednesday 28th June 2017
March, April and May have been the most dynamic months for the project, starting with the visit to the Archivos Históricos Arzobispales in Lima early March, followed by the Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver early April.
82nd Annual Meeting of the SAAs, Vancouver
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Only a week after my return from Lima I was back on the plane again, this time heading way up north to Canada. It felt rather a culture shock, to say nothing of a climatic shock too.
AAL Hechizerías y Idolatrías 3.2
Friday 7th April 2017
In the first week of March I set off for Lima, Peru, to visit the Archivo Histórico Arzobispal de Lima (Historical Archive of the Archbishopric of Lima) in order to search the ethnohistorical record directly for first-hand accounts of indigenous Andean religious specialists, who found themselves
Hacienda Zuleta, Imbabura, Ecuador
Friday 3rd March 2017
The spectacular mountain setting of the huge ramp mound site at Hacienda Zuleta (www.zuleta.com) in Ecuador’s northern sierra, Imbabura province, was the location for my next experience of traditional healing.
Location of Taita Punta Rumi
Thursday 26th January 2017
Taita Punta Rumi is a vast rock overhanging a steep mountainside, which has been sacred to the local indigenous Salasaca community probably for hundreds of years, since before the arrival of the Spanish in 1534, when it would have been called a ‘huaca’.
Salasaca region, Ecuador
Thursday 26th January 2017
Following our trip out to Guagaje and Tingo Pucará, it had been arranged that the three of us - Diego Quiroga, Fernando Ortega and myself - would go to visit some of the indigenous communities in the Salasaca region of Ecuador’s central sierra.
Wednesday 25th January 2017
January has been a very productive month for the project, with good progress made both in finalising the initial ethnohistorical and archaeological background research, and in laying the foundation for the future phase of fieldwork with regional indigenous communities, later this year.
Traditional healers in Cuenca's market
Friday 30th December 2016
Several years ago I lived for two brief periods with an Andean Indian family in Ecuador’s Northern Sierra and it was here that I became more deeply interested in traditional Andean medicine, discovering the unlikely benefits of, for example, bathing with stinging nettles and the alleviation of se
Traditional Andean feast
Wednesday 30th November 2016
We are now in the second month of the Andean Medicine project and a lot has happened in the last four weeks. Read more in our second blog post.
Ascent of Volcán Imbabura, Provincia Imbabura, Ecuador
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Today, 1st November 2016, is the start of the new EC Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded project 'MEDICINE' - read our first blog entry!
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Tuesday 1st November 2016
Welcome to our new website, launched to mark the start of our new project ‘MEDICINE’, funded under the EC Horizon 2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions.

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