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Archaeology and Heritage: Clashes and Compatibilities

Patricia A. McAnany (Kenan Eminent Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

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Seminar participants consider the distinctive ways in which the past is engaged through archaeological practice as opposed to the performance of heritage. Distinctions—both ontological and epistemological—can lead to separate ways of knowing and incompatibilities. Political context plays a large role in framing both archaeology and heritage. For instance, distinctions between archaeology and heritage often are starkly drawn in the context of settler societies where archaeological knowledge emerges from a logic that contrasts with local Indigenous knowledge. Within ethnically heterogeneous post-colonial states, the question arises as to whose heritage becomes nationalist heritage to be investigated and celebrated by means of archaeological practice? The varied challenges of achieving a rapprochement between archaeology and heritage are discussed. Approaches such as Indigenous Archaeology, Community-engaged Archaeology, and studies of materiality are considered for their potential to create hybrid knowledge that bridges the divide between archaeology and heritage.


Suggested Readings:

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Patricia A. McAnany is Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NC, USA), external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, and a senior fellow of the Pre-Columbian Program at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. She has been the recipient of research awards from the National Science Foundation and the Archaeological Institute of America, and of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Institute for the Arts & Humanities at UNC, Chapel Hill. A Maya archaeologist, she is principal co-investigator of Proyecto Arqueológico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán, a community archaeology project focused on Preclassic through Colonial landscapes of Tahcabo, Yucatán. As Director of a UNC Program called InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present (www.in-herit.org), she collaborates with Indigenous communities throughout the Maya region to provide opportunities to dialogue about cultural heritage and to participate in heritage conservation. Currently president of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), she actively works towards expanding the profile of Archaeology within the AAAs. She is the author of many journal articles and several books, including Maya Cultural Heritage: How Archaeologists and Indigenous Communities Engage the Past (2016), Ancestral Maya Economies in Archaeological Perspective (2010); Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire (2009) co-edited with Norman Yoffee; and Living with the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society (2014, revised edition).

Patricia A. McAnany


Chair: Manuel Arroyo-Kalin (Lecturer in Geoarchaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Participants: Sue Hamilton (Director and Professor of Prehistory , UCL Institute of Archaeology), Bill Sillar (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology), Renata Peters (Lecturer in Conservation of Archaeological Artefacts, UCL Institute of Archaeology), and Gabe Moshenska (Senior Lecturer in Public Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology)


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