Mas alla de la Arqueologia

Author(s): Jack Corbett; Nelly Robles Garcia

Year: 2017


Archaeological research frequently produces material elements we seek to safeguard for the benefit of future generations, a goal that requires organizational support and a mix of resources. When the research materials pass to the responsibility of communities or groups with limited preparation and resources for management of said materials, we encounter a serious disconnect between the accomplishments of research and the long-term viability of archaeological resources. In Mexico the long monopoly of the National Institute of Anthropology and History is being eroded as community museums or other entities seek more control over archaeological materials. Yet the organizational frameworks, resource base, and capacity for continuity of such entities remain in question. This paper explores the capacity for sustainable management of cultural heritage among communities in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca. Using the region as an extended case study, this paper seeks to assess the principal challenges and prospects of heritage protection as archaeological research advances. Will we see a deepening of our knowledge at the possible cost of greater vulnerability to archaeological resources? How do we respond to community expectations of respect for their interests while protecting societal interest in heritage sustainability?

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Mas alla de la Arqueologia. Jack Corbett, Nelly Robles Garcia. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431678)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16978