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By Helaine Silverman

Some of the best archaeological websites on this planet are present in Latin the United States, and archaeological tourism is commonly touted as an answer to the poverty that plagues a lot of this area. website museums are enjoying a massive function within the presentation of those unearths to the general public. even if created by way of nationwide firms, via the archaeologists operating at those websites, or according to neighborhood people’s knowledge of the capability improvement and monetary merits of tourism, website museums are significant academic venues, selling a feeling of possession of the previous between resident or close by populations, in addition to better neighborhood curiosity in cultural background and its upkeep. whilst, they represent a big history administration method; they could mitigate looting and location destruction, thereby serving as a primary defensive position in website upkeep.        
            Archaeological web site Museums in Latin the United States is the 1st edited quantity to accommodate archaeological website museums. complex on many degrees, the production of a website museum is addressed in 13 case reviews by means of the members to this “how to,” “what to expect,” and “what to not” primer. 9 of the authors have truly equipped or rehabilitated website museums and/or created a improvement venture at one. Their undertakings have concerned major interplay with the local people in a hugely equitable instead of top-down endeavor.
            This instruction manual for archaeologists and history managers can effectively be integrated into museum, background, and ethics classes, and genuine box suggestions.

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In this chapter we shall try to illustrate how the cultural patrimony of this region has been used in the past by giving a background of local history, followed by summaries of different attempts to establish community museums: an unsuccessful one at El Azuzul ranch and two others, both successful, in the villages of Potrero Nuevo and Tenochtitlán, respectively. 1. The southern Gulf Coast with the San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán region. Map by Steven J. Holland. These events may contribute to an understanding of the problems and achievements surrounding the growth of community museums in the region.

In late July 2004, several pre-Nasca tombs, known as cavernas, were looted within throwing distance of the Paracas Site Museum. This looting, however, was quickly detected and found to be the work of an eccentric schoolteacher from the region, notorious to local archaeologists for more than fifteen years as an occasional huaquero (grave robber). This was an isolated instance. 4. The museum-community relationship at Kuntur Wasi can be positively compared to Riviére’s (1985: 182) concept of “ecomuseum” as “an instrument conceived, fashioned and operated jointly by a public authority and a local population.

Of course, in the cases of Copán (chapter 4), Kuntur Wasi (chapter 5), Pukara (chapter 6), Chiripa (chapter 7), and Cusco (chapter 11), many people living in and around the great archaeological sites are indeed the descendants of those who created the monuments. Conclusion Museums began in Europe as the famous cabinets of curiosities and were displays of elite knowledge and power (see, for example, Findlen 1994). Even as they and royal collections developed into modern museums, these museums remained elite private institutions until their democratization through, for in- Archaeological Site Museums in Latin America / 15 stance, the French Revolution’s Louvre (McClellan 1994) and the founding of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum (1683) and the British Museum (1759)—although admission to the English museums took some determination and perseverance even 123 years after being opened to the public (Ames 1992: 20); the Victorian disciplinary project resolved this problem, albeit through elaboration of the much-criticized exhibitionary complex (see Bennett 1995: 59–88).

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