Colombia - Ciudad Perdida


Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and until the European contact (CE 200-1,600). Relationships between Ciudad Perdida and other sites are still unclear and this project is focused on clarifying temporal, cultural, political and economic connections within this network. The 2015 season will focus on excavations at three sites located less than half a mile away from Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida's core area yet connected to it via a flagstone paved pathway (Sites G-1, G-2, and B-201). It is also highly probable that we may conduct survey work at a site located 2 miles upriver from Ciudad Perdida known as “Tigres”.  Targeted excavation is designed to aid us in understanding the construction sequence and function of these sites which are, to date, poorly understood. During this field season, we will also be doing conservation work at a number of structures that have collapsed and need rebuilding, working with the park's archaeological conservation team led by Eduardo Mazuera.

Colombia - Ciudad Perdida - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Colombia - Ciudad Perdida Colombia - Ciudad Perdida 18-35 2014-06-20 Study Abroad Archaeology

Course Dates: Jun 7-Jul 9, 2015
Enrollment Status: CLOSED
Total Cost: $ 4,700
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Payment Deadline: April 25, 2015
Instructors: Dr. Santiago Giraldo, Mr. Eduardo Mazuera
Orientation:  May 3 at 1:00pm PST



The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general questions (tuition, health insurance, payment schedule) may be addressed by IFR staff. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Santiago Giraldo

Dr. Santiago Giraldo

Dr. Giraldo ( is Director of the Colombia Program at the Global Heritage Fund and Executice Director of the Fundación de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Ambientales Tayrona (Colombia).  For more information, click here.


The Cuidad Perdida field school was a fantastic field school. The thing I liked best about this field school was that it was very multifaceted. It was more than just archeology. It was a really memorable and inspirational experience both academically and socially. Since being on this field school I have altered my degree to go into a field similar to what I was doing on this filed school. The students who will have the best success on this filed school will have a desire for more than just the archeology or academic education but those who want a life experience that will challenge them socially, linguistically, physically, mentally and emotionally. The challenges I faced on this field school were ones well outside of the academia.

-Brittany Lynas, University of Victoria (2013)




Student Fees

Deposit: 500 USD
Tuition: 4,200 USD
TOTAL: 4,700 USD
Once your application is accepted, the deposit fee secures your seat in this project. This program requires an application. There is no application fee. Only accepted students are provided with the link to pay the deposit fee.

What is Covered:

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  • Costs of instruction
  • Room & board. Look at the field school syllabus above for details
  • Credit units and two transcripts
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance and Political & Natural Disaster Evacuation Insurance - For all international programs
  • An IFR T-Shirt
  • A 2% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by April 25, 2015.


While in camp, students will stay in a room with three to four people. For every team member there is a bed, a mattress, two blankets, sheets, and a pillow. It is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag, although some participants bring one, especially if they are sensitive to the cold. Participants are expected to bring their own towels. A mosquito net is also highly recommended and can easily be hung up in the room. 

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events at the project dining area.  Students are responsible for their own weekend meals.  Once we start fieldwork, the day is fairly intense. A light breakfast (tea and biscuits) is served at 5:00am and we leave the dig house at 5:30am.  A more substantial ‘second’ breakfast is served in the field at 10:00am. Work in the field stops at 2:00pm and a warm lunch (the main meal of the day) is served at 2:30pm. Dinner is served in the evening.  Vegetarians may attend this program but will find selection highly limited.  Vegan and kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in this location.