Public or Private? Archaeology in Modern Guatemalan Museums

Author(s): Oswaldo Chinchilla

Year: 2016


Recent decades have witnessed a veritable explosion in the number of museums in Guatemala. Most of the new museums are small, focused on specific collections or sites. Some emerged from governmental initiatives, but many are private endeavors. In this paper, I trace the historical development of museums, going back to earlier, nineteenth and early twentieth-century precedents. I also offer comments on modern Guatemalan museums, including questions of institutional development, funding, collections management and preservation, and public outreach at the national and international levels.

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Public or Private? Archaeology in Modern Guatemalan Museums. Oswaldo Chinchilla. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403979)


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