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Community Engagement around the Maya Archaeological Site of Ceibal, Guatemala

MacLellan, Jessica and Burham, Melissa and Méndez Bauer, María Belén (2020) Community Engagement around the Maya Archaeological Site of Ceibal, Guatemala. Heritage, 3 (3). pp. 637-648. ISSN 2571-9408

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The Ceibal-Petexbatún Archaeological Project has built long-standing relationships in the area around Ceibal, Guatemala, particularly in the Q’eqchi’ Maya village of Las Pozas. Both Q’eqchi’ and ladino (non-indigenous) people in the region face serious, systemic problems, including a loss of access to land and an absence of economic opportunities. The ancient Maya sites in the area have been damaged by deforestation and looting. Project archaeologists seek to improve economic conditions in local communities while encouraging the preservation of cultural heritage. Here, we describe past microfinance and classroom outreach projects conducted in Las Pozas and discuss future initiatives that could make archaeological heritage more beneficial to multiple communities.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
MacLellan, Jessica0000-0002-1162-5087
Burham, Melissa
Méndez Bauer, María Belén
Date: 1 July 2020
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Heritage
Volume: 3
Number: 3
Publisher: MDPI AG
Page Range: pp. 637-648
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/heritage3030036
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maya, public outreach, archaeological heritage, Guatemala, microfinance
ISSN: 2571-9408
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Funders: Ceibal-Petexbatún Archaeological Project, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Alphawood Foundation, Agnese Nelms Haury Program of the University of Arizona, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 16:39
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 16:39


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