This project, which is the basis for my dissertation, began in 2008. I started out doing archaeological surveys in the Huanangue Valley in order to gain a broader perspective on regional geopolitics in my study area, and also to select sites for excavation. I then assembled a team of scientists and students and proceeded to dig for artifacts, which include seeds, ancient structures, pottery and even human remains. Throughout this research, I have endured mudslides, quicksand, flash floods, and even run-ins with vipers and tarantulas!
I expect to finish my dissertation by May 2014. However, lack of funding may derail my plans. As sequestration hits, crowdfunding is being used increasingly by young scientists who have a hard time competing against their more established colleagues for traditional grants.
You can learn more about the project on the science crowdfunding site Microryza