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Copan Past and Present: <i>Maya Archaeological Tourism and the Chorti in Honduras</i>

Lena Mortensen

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0018
Copan Past and Present: Maya Archaeological Tourism and the Chorti in Honduras

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This chapter examines the Ch'orti' in Honduras and the Maya archaeological tourism, particularly at the Copan archaeological site. The Copan tourism sector has grown exponentially to accommodate the ever-increasing number of package tours, school groups, and independent travellers that now represent a near-permanent yet mobile feature of the social and physical landscape. However, like tourism development anywhere, the economic benefits of this rapid rise have been unevenly distributed, and the consequences of archaeological tourism yield conflicting outcomes for those who look to the archaeological past as a source of more than mere financial gain.

Keywords: Ch'orti'; Honduras; Copan; archaeological site; tourism; economic benefits

Chapter.  4889 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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