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World Heritage - Jennings

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Justin Jennings

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Monday February 13/12
Ethics, Archaeology, and the Public
Speaker: Mortensen
World Heritage
Issues of social and economic development reflect on archaeology
Use of the past:
What use of people make of it?
Social context of archaeology (subset of heritage)
Archaeological perks: crafted for educational/tourist/political spheres
What do we know and why?
How do places become famous?
How info circulates and draws people in
‘economy of fame’
Copan is national symbol of Honduras and most celebrated site
World heritage site - significant value
One of the earliest sites to be considered a World Heritage site
How does its significance reflect on the present?
History of their making - products of interactions, place making and fame making
Copan first made famous in 1840s
Copan is the earliest scientifically excavated site
Unlimited research opportunities - one door closes, another opens
Growing world-wide trend
Maya tourism especially prominent with its own niche market
More accessible for general public
Plays important role in future of country
Tourism as strategy for development
Increasingly economically lucrative
In 15 years an immense growth in mayan tourism has been witnessed
International value that is separate from country itself
Changes in Local Community
Traditional income supplemented by tourism
Tourism main source of income (about half the population)
Town is source of labour for archaeological projects
Town is getting beatified to make it more tourist friendly
People now go to copan ruinas for the town, not just the site
Increases value and is source of pride for honduras
Single identity of multiculturalism predicated on mayan past
Copan often used as national symbol
Site used as backdrop for political events
Local identity
Descendants of spanish vs descendants of maya (called ‘chorti’)

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Monday February 1312Ethics Archaeology and the PublicJJenningsSpeaker MortensenWorld HeritageIssues of social and economic development reflect on archaeologyUse of the pastWhat use of people make of itSocial context of archaeology subset of heritageArchaeological perks crafted for educationaltouristpolitical spheresCopanWhat do we know and whyHow do places become famousHow info circulates and draws people ineconomy of fameCopan is national symbol of Honduras and most celebrated siteWorld heritage sitesignificant valueOne of the earliest sites to be considered a World Heritage siteHow does its significance reflect on the presentHistory of their makingproducts of interactions place making and fame makingCopan first made famous in 1840s Copan is the earliest scientifically excavated siteUnlimited research opportunitiesone door closes another opensTourismGrowing w
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