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The Contradictions of Engaged Archaeology at Punta Laguna, Yucatan, Mexico

Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1350 Pleasant St., Boulder, CO 80309, USA
Heritage 2020, 3(3), 682-698; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3030039
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 29 June 2020 / Accepted: 1 July 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maya Anthropological Archaeology)
Engaged archaeology, like other forms of research, is replete with contradictions. Over the last several years, members of the Punta Laguna Archaeology Project—a community-based endeavor in Yucatan, Mexico—have encountered and sought to address several paradoxical questions. Do attempts to mitigate certain forms of inequality unintentionally sustain other forms of inequality? Can the production of capital alleviate rather than exacerbate unequal social relationships? And, can Western social theories be marshalled to advocate for and increase Maya and other Indigenous perspectives in archaeology? This article examines these contradictory questions and analyzes them as potential sources of dialectical change. To conclude, the article suggests three new foci for engaged archaeology: intersectionality, control, and authoritative speech. View Full-Text
Keywords: engaged archaeology; inequality; contradictions; Maya archaeology; Yucatan engaged archaeology; inequality; contradictions; Maya archaeology; Yucatan
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