Public Archaeology in Latin America

Pedro Paulo A. Funari and Marcia Bezerra

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199237821
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Public Archaeology in Latin America

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Latin America is a huge subcontinent encompassing a wide variety of physical landscapes and environments, and with different peoples, languages, and cultures, such as Portuguese, Spaniards, Hispanics, and Brazilians. This article deals with Hispanic and Portuguese Americas in both a contrasting and integrative way. The Iberian roots of Latin America explain many shared general traits, mores, customs, and ways of life. Perhaps the most important shared cultural outlook is a syncretic form of Roman Catholicism, but several others too are true, such as the Roman legal system, a Mediterranean approach to life, even a shared mixed experience in living with Muslims and Jews, as well as in the fight against both. There are some steps to be taken to preserve heritage and the rights of both Indigenous peoples and humanity, considering that human heritage is of universal interest. These efforts presuppose proximity, identification, and agreement.

Keywords: Latin America; Iberian roots; Roman Catholicism; Mediterranean; heritage

Article.  7263 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Contemporary and Public Archaeology

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