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Introduction

Vera Tiesler, Pilar Zabala and Andrea Cucina

in Natives, Europeans, and Africans in Colonial Campeche

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034928
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034928.003.0001
Introduction

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The findings in and around an early colonial church in the central town square of Campeche, Mexico, have been a focus of research for many Mexican and foreign scholars. Ten years after the initial discovery and excavation in 2000, various interdisciplinary studies grant fascinating new insights into the social conditions and phenomena that shaped the town of San Francisco de Campeche during the early colonial period. In this context, this book seeks to contribute a new perspective on Hispanic colonial society and its different social and ethnic sectors through the lens of an early multiethnic churchyard in the town of Campeche, Yucatan, Mexico. This chapter presents the historical background and summarizes the processes of the study that involve exhaustive historical and anthropological investigations. The organization of the book and the theme of each chapter are also highlighted.

Keywords: Campeche; colonial church; excavations; interdisciplinary studies; colonial society; anthropology

Chapter.  2222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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