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Haitian Archaeological Heritage: Understanding Its Loss and Paths to Future Preservation

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Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Reuvensplaats 2, 2311 BE Leiden, The Netherlands
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Department of Anthropology, University California Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Department of Sociology, Université d’Etat d’Haïti, 21, rue Rivière, Port-au-Prince HT6112, Haiti
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Department of Sociology, Université Paris 8, 2 rue de la Liberté, Saint-Denis 93526 Paris, France
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Heritage 2020, 3(3), 733-752; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3030041
Received: 14 June 2020 / Revised: 4 July 2020 / Accepted: 7 July 2020 / Published: 11 July 2020
Haitian archaeological heritage is expressed through multiple traces of Amerindian cultures, enslaved African legacies, ruins of old colonial plantations and fortresses, and post-Haitian independence. Despite the existence of legal institutions engaged in the protection of this heritage, Haitian archaeological sites are becoming more threatened because of looting, appropriation of spaces, and lands management, as well as natural hazards. This paper aims to explore the current state of archaeological heritage with the broader context of the politics of heritage in Haiti. We analyzed the conditions of archaeological sites from the northern region and addressed their place in official heritage practices. The results of this study revealed that most of the archaeological sites that reflect the complexity of Haitian history are not given much attention in the politics of heritage that prioritize the nationalistic and emblematic character of historic traces. This study highlighted the importance of a new approach that prioritizes multiple voices to address heritage matters for the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeological heritage; public institutions; heritage politics; heritage management; Haiti archaeological heritage; public institutions; heritage politics; heritage management; Haiti
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Jean, J.S.; Joseph, M.; Louis, C.; Michel, J. Haitian Archaeological Heritage: Understanding Its Loss and Paths to Future Preservation. Heritage 2020, 3, 733-752.

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