Reflecting on pasuc heritage initiatives through time, positionality, and place

Scott Hutson, Céline Lamb, Daniel Vallejo-Cáliz, Jacob Welch

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This paper reports on heritage initiatives associated with a 12-year-long archaeology project in Yucatan, Mexico. Our work has involved both surprises and setbacks and in the spirit of adding to the repository of useful knowledge, we present these in a frank and transparent manner. Our findings are significant for a number of reasons. First, we show that the possibilities available to a heritage project facilitated by archaeologists depend not just on the form and focus of other stakeholders, but on the gender, sexuality, and class position of the archaeologists. Second, we provide a ground-level view of what approaches work well and which do not in terms of identifying aspects of cultural heritage that are relevant to a broad swath of stakeholders. Finally, we discuss ways in which heritage projects can overcome constraints to expanding community collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-242
Number of pages15
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020

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  • Archaeology
  • Community museums
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Maya

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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