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Archaeology and Heritage Management in the Maya Area: History and Practice at Caracol, Belize

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Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711, USA
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Vice President, Academic Innovation, Student Success, and Strategic Initiatives, Claremont Graduate University, 150 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711, USA
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Director, Institute of Archaeology, Museum and Archaeological Research Centre, Culvert Road, Belmopan, Belize
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Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, PO Box 15200, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA
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Department of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, 900 Cady Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Heritage 2020, 3(2), 436-456; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3020026
Received: 23 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 11 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maya Anthropological Archaeology)
Archaeology and heritage management in the Maya area have developed differently in the various modern-day countries that make up ancient Mesoamerica. In the country of Belize, heritage management has been conjoined with archaeology since at least the late 1970s. Long-term projects, such as the 1985-to-present archaeological investigations at the ancient ruins that comprise the immense city of Caracol, Belize, demonstrate the evolution of heritage management. This abandoned metropolis has also been the location of concerted stabilization and conservation efforts. Research and heritage management efforts at this urban center have been coordinated and intertwined since the project’s inception. This article contextualizes the long-standing relationships between archaeology and cultural heritage as it has been practiced at Caracol, Belize within the broader field of Maya Studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: heritage management; collaborative research; Maya archaeology; consolidation; stabilization; looting heritage management; collaborative research; Maya archaeology; consolidation; stabilization; looting
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Chase, A.F.; Chase, D.Z.; Morris, J.M.; Awe, J.J.; Chase, A.S.Z. Archaeology and Heritage Management in the Maya Area: History and Practice at Caracol, Belize. Heritage 2020, 3, 436-456. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3020026

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Chase AF, Chase DZ, Morris JM, Awe JJ, Chase ASZ. Archaeology and Heritage Management in the Maya Area: History and Practice at Caracol, Belize. Heritage. 2020; 3(2):436-456. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3020026

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Chase, Arlen F., Diane Z. Chase, John M. Morris, Jaime J. Awe, and Adrian S.Z. Chase 2020. "Archaeology and Heritage Management in the Maya Area: History and Practice at Caracol, Belize" Heritage 3, no. 2: 436-456. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3020026

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