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Neil Brodie, Morag M. Kersel, Christina Luke, and Kathryn Walker Tubb

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029726

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029726.001.0001

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Structural Complexity and Social Conflict in Managing the Past at Copán, Honduras

Structural Complexity and Social Conflict in Managing the Past at Copán, Honduras

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(p.258) 14 Structural Complexity and Social Conflict in Managing the Past at Copán, Honduras
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Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade
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Neil Brodie

Morag M. Kersel

Kathryn Walker Tubb

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813029726.003.0015

This chapter highlights that archaeologists are not the only stakeholders in archaeological heritage and that lost historical knowledge is not the only issue—illegal digging also has a political aspect. It also offers an account of the negotiations that took place in 2000 and 2001 during the preparation of a management plan for the Maya site of Copán in Honduras, and discusses the interest groups that were involved. The Mundo Maya project effectively remaps a contemporary vision of the ancient Maya homeland over the current political borders of five Central American states for the purposes of creating a tourist megazone, based on the popular fascination with both Maya archaeology and adventure or ecotourism. The growing popularity of Copán as a Maya tourism destination has also increased its vulnerability.

Keywords:   Copán, Mundo Maya, archaeological heritage, Maya tourism, structural complexity, social conflict

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