Archaeology and heritage management in the maya area: History and practice at caracol, belize

Arlen F. Chase, Diane Z. Chase, John M. Morris, Jaime J. Awe, Adrian S.Z. Chase

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Archaeology and heritage management in the Maya area have developed differently in the various modern-day countries that make up ancient Mesoamerica. In the country of Belize, heritage management has been conjoined with archaeology since at least the late 1970s. Long-term projects, such as the 1985-to-present archaeological investigations at the ancient ruins that comprise the immense city of Caracol, Belize, demonstrate the evolution of heritage management. This abandoned metropolis has also been the location of concerted stabilization and conservation efforts. Research and heritage management efforts at this urban center have been coordinated and intertwined since the project’s inception. This article contextualizes the long-standing relationships between archaeology and cultural heritage as it has been practiced at Caracol, Belize within the broader field of Maya Studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-456
Number of pages21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Collaborative research
  • Consolidation
  • Heritage management
  • Looting
  • Maya archaeology
  • Stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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