The Contradictions of Engaged Archaeology at Punta Laguna, Yucatan, Mexico Journal Article uri icon



  • Engaged archaeology, like other forms of research, is replete with contradictions. Over the last several years, members of the Punta Laguna Archaeology Project—a community-based endeavor in Yucatan, Mexico—have encountered and sought to address several paradoxical questions. Do attempts to mitigate certain forms of inequality unintentionally sustain other forms of inequality? Can the production of capital alleviate rather than exacerbate unequal social relationships? And, can Western social theories be marshalled to advocate for and increase Maya and other Indigenous perspectives in archaeology? This article examines these contradictory questions and analyzes them as potential sources of dialectical change. To conclude, the article suggests three new foci for engaged archaeology: intersectionality, control, and authoritative speech.

publication date

  • July 3, 2020

Date in CU Experts

  • November 13, 2020 5:22 AM

Full Author List

  • Kurnick S

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2571-9408

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 682

end page

  • 698


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