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Engaged Investigation: Archaeology within Copán’s past and contemporary neighborhoods

Author(s): Kristin Landau

Year: 2015

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Generations of Copán archaeologists have revealed the secrets of royal tombs and hieroglyphic inscriptions, as well as explored humble households of the rural periphery. A new project brings together these two initiatives to study the diversity of settlement within one particular neighborhood of the ancient city. Growth and change in the San Lucas neighborhood are articulated with major political events at Copán’s center to assess the degree of state integration, and more importantly, when, how, and why this degree fluctuated over time. Simultaneously, the project prioritized community integration with the indigenous people residing in today’s San Lucas. We collaborated with a local high school to teach a year-long introductory anthropology course and directly involved students in the excavations. This talk highlights how typical academic archaeological investigation may be productively coupled with high school education through a focus on neighborhoods and a blurring of the arbitrary distinction between past and present.

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Engaged Investigation: Archaeology within Copán’s past and contemporary neighborhoods. Kristin Landau. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396914)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America