Excavation sites and Field Archaeology Expeditions are chosen on the basis of what is most important for the needs of the scientific community and for the development of archaeology as a discipline and a resource in the
All research undertaken by Heritage Aid is in accordance with international standards of archaeological research and with permission and help of local indigenous communities, who will be instructed in the maintenance of the site for tourist purposes after the excavations are completed. Information gathered will be published in both English and Spanish for the national and international scientific communities, while all artefacts discovered will remain within
Heritage Aid is dedicated to the saving of Andean heritage for the appreciation of future generations of Andean people, and for the publication and appreciation of their cultures on an international level. The dissemination of information on both a national and international level for the greater scientific and general appreciation of the richness of American pre-historical and historical culture remains of primary importance.
For 2011 Heritage Aid Foundation is seeking permission to begin a year round excavation on the elite urban area of Tiwanaku in the Alti Plano of
Choro Trail - the archaeological hiking guide that has been part of the field research is due to be published in March 2011.
Takesi Trail - the archaeological hiking guide that has been part of the field research is due to be published in October 2011.
Zongo Valley - research is being undertaken on an ongoing basis with a series of small expeditions to establish the extent of pre-historical occupation and in coordination with the local communities who desire to establish a form of sustainable heritage toursim with the sites that are alreadu known. In March a first expedition made contact with the community and recieved news of further sites deeper in the Yungan jungle. A next expedition to find one of the sites is scheduled for late November, 2011.
Excavations 2011 - City of the Snakes - details will be supplied shortly - but in brief this year we will be runnning a multi-displinary project with the local indigenous people of the Zongo Valley, researching, excavating, repairing and opening for tourism the jungle ruins of the lost City of the Snakes. Dates will be published shortly. Further enquiries contact the office via email. Approx dates May, June, July, August.
Excavations for 2011 to be announced shortly, after governemental and community permissions have been finalised. But we are looking at a major dig and two test sites that are going to be very interesting and of great importance to Bolivia!
Ceramic reconstructions from the 2003 excavation at Lake Chillata continue.
Ceramic reconstruction from the 2002 Beni Expedition by the Project Q'anata will begin in late November 2008.
The organization of the photographic collection from the city sites of the Andes continues and will be available on the web site in 2009.Meanwhile if researchers need photographs of Andean sites please contact the office by email.
Oone of the long term goals of Heriatge Aid is too establish a first rate Archaeological Library in La Paz, Bolivia, that will alow students and researchers access not only to materials on Bolivian and South American archaeology but also to international information. There is a sed lack and neglect of Bolivian archaeological library collections and virtually nothing to allow local students and researchers to make international comparisons and analysis of data. Bolivia is rich in archaeological sites but poor in information and resources to study and analyse them. Our current small collection of American and International archaeology, anthropology and historical books and articles are presently available for onsite research at our offices in La Paz.
If you are interested in making a donation of books, in any language on the subject of archaeology, anthropology or history please see the dontions page !
The Heritage Aid Foundation has opened a bookshop in the front of the office to help raise funds. We sell second book in many different languages and specialise in South American themes (also some Central American). The sbookshop is open from 1pm til 5pm. We also book private alternative tours run by local people. Private archaeologists guides are also available for trips and advice. We also sell artesanal products from the local indigenous people. Books can be bought and traded, and donations of books and camping equipment are very welcome. If the office is closed feel free to leave donations at the Palmeras restaurant upstairs or the Blue Note Wine Bar over the road in the Plaza Gaston Velasco.
Anyone wanting to donate books from overseas either fo the bookshop or the library, please send by mail to: Fundacion Apoyo Patrimonio, casilla 510, La Paz Bolivia (marked as donation, value $1). All subjects and languags welcome.
Amareti Quechuan Marriage - continues in editing process.
The Golden Road - First stage production.
Indigenous - European cultural encounters between early explorers and native populations in the Amazon. Start date to be announce.
Please contact Heritage Aid Foundation director Dr. William Campbell for interest in this theme.