Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples

Shoshaunna Parks and Patricia A. McAnany

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples

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This article examines the present relationship between indigenous people and archaeology in Mesoamerica, with an emphasis on the Maya region. It provides a brief analysis of the historical and political conditions that have contributed to the disenfranchisement of indigenous peoples from the ancient past. It also looks at recent interactions among stakeholders in the investigation, interpretation, and management of Mesoamerican archaeological heritage.

Keywords: indigenous communities; Mesoamerica; Mayan region; disenfranchisement; Mesoamerican archaeology

Article.  3543 words. 

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

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