Community Archaeology in Coastal Ecuador: Balancing Interests


This is an abstract from the "Working with the Community in Ecuador" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

More than 20 years ago, research in Agua Blanca, Manabí, changed the way in which archaeology in Ecuador was performed. Local community involvement in archaeology research took an active role. Since then, both Indigenous and peasant communities have called upon archaeologists that can collaborate with them on studying the past they consider as theirs. In many instances, results are perceived as key on land claims and identity building. The archaeology faculty at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito created the program "Arqueologia Comunitaria" in 2012 which basically engages in collaborative efforts that are above all the result of community initiatives. Here we present three cases to show how academic interest on archaeological research and community interests can be negotiated from the beginning to the end of the projects.

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Community Archaeology in Coastal Ecuador: Balancing Interests. Florencio Delgado Espinoza, Josefina Vasquez. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452460)

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min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25687