While the backdrop was undoubtedly breathtaking, the conditions and circumstances were not always kind. The Cusichaca team had to contend with unimaginably high altitudes, a dearth of home comforts and outbreaks of disease such as Hepatitis, which made the commitment and accomplishments of the Trust’s staff even more striking. This was all bravely led by the dynamic and adventurous, Dr Ann Kendall, founder and director of the Cusichaca Trust.
Just as the embers of one project were beginning to burn out, Dr Ann Kendall would be sowing the seeds for the next one. The transition from project to another almost appears seamless though in practice it demanded great logistical planning, especially when faced with outbreaks and a challenging topography. Kendall’s ability to manage time was almost as impressive as her ability to manage people, money, resources, and ideas. Her command of the tools at her disposal, allowed her to construct one masterpiece after another. The Cusichaca archive charts how Kendall managed this gargantuan task, and how she steered the ship with a uniquely talented crew, across rough waters in the quest to use archaeology to revive a community.