Archaeology in Guatemala

Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Archaeology in Guatemala

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The historiography of archaeology in Guatemala is still in its infancy. Accounts of Maya archaeology are mostly concerned with the development of ideas in North America and Europe, where strong traditions of Maya research developed since the nineteenth century. Few authors delve into the sociopolitical events that have conditioned the work of foreign scholars in the country, their interaction with Guatemalan students, and the intellectual currents that have influenced the latter. Guatemalan archaeology has also been overlooked in general surveys of Latin American archaeology. This article describes selected stages in the history of Guatemalan archaeology, based on previous overviews.

Keywords: Guatemalan archaeology; Maya archaeology; history; Latin American archaeology

Article.  4882 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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