Archaeology Under the Canopy: Exploring the Culture and Nature of El Pilar and the Maya Forest

Ford, Anabel (2019) Archaeology Under the Canopy: Exploring the Culture and Nature of El Pilar and the Maya Forest. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH Stewardship of Biocultural Landscapes in the 21st Century: Forging Community-Based Approaches At the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Flora and Fauna in the Maya forest, we are developing Archaeology Under the Canopy to explore: 1) values for conservation inspired by place; 2) culture and nature together as a preservation model for the 21st Century; and 3) alternatives for tourism development that engage visitors in culture with nature. The philosophy is to honor the many ways to knowing. Through the context of experiencing the Maya’s relationship to plant use, land management, forest regeneration, past and present, the living museum leaves an intricate and complex civilization to the imagination while welcoming participation to the protection of the architectural heritage and the Maya forest. This practice of Archaeology Under the Canopy has implications for monument conservation not only for the Maya but all over the world, integrating environmental and cultural contexts of a site and honoring the local and traditional environmental knowledge. Though Archaeology Under the Canopy was conceptualized for the Maya world, it is based on ICOMOS standards of the Athens Charter, the International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, and the Australia ICOMOS Charter to build a strategy to conserve the nature of the cultural remains.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
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Ford, AnabelUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: land use; conservation; park management; ancient architecture; Maya; precolombian architecture; values; interpretation; cultural tourism; archaeological heritage; archaeological sites; management; reserves; community participation; forests; human settlements; Guatemala; Belize
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 03. Archaeological sites
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
Name of monument, town, site, museum: El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna
National Committee: USA
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 14:25
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 15:01
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