San José de Moro Archaeological Project Receives 2-Year Research Grant

by Solsire Cusicanqui, Shelly Miller, and Rebekah Junkermeier

The San José de Moro Archaeological Project (SJMAP), recipient of SPI’s first community development and sustainable preservation grant, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)! According to Dr. Luis Jaime Castillo, this is the “most important research grant awarded by PUCP to research programs conducted by its faculty members.”


SJMAP has been one of the most active archaeological research programs on the north coast of Peru since excavations began in 1991. This most recent grant is one many fellowships and grants that have financed SJMAP’s research activities, including the National Geographic Society and National Science Foundation.

According to archaeologist Solsiré Cusicanqui, “With the assistance of this grant, SJMAP will be able to create 3D models of Cerro Chepen and San Ildefonso,” two hill sites that consist of Mochica domestic areas in the Jequetepeque Valley.

Congratulations to SPI’s Dr. Luis Jaime Castillo and Solsire Cusicanqui! Stay tuned for more news on SJMAP’s future archaeological discoveries here on!


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