Threatened cultural landscapes and heritage. The Chenes region in Mexico as a test case for guidelines development for safeguarding cultural heritage in Latin America
(Dr. Manuel May Castillo)

In the Maya region, there are more than 5,000 archaeological sites, of which the most representative examples are included in the list of World Heritage sites. In the Chenes region of Hopelchen, Mexico, there are several buildings that have been of interest to the international community since the 19th Century due to their aesthetic uniqueness and scientific importance. However, some of these unique samples of architecture are under threat by large scale industrial cultivation, triggered by transnationalism.

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This project aims to develop a guideline for safeguarding Maya cultural heritage in areas threatened by industrial cultivation. For this, intense systematic fieldwork (12 moths) will provide updated and more detailed information of the heritage in the Chenes region and will allow to assess the degree of risk faced.

This project has a substantial social dimension in which local communities are, and will be, actively involved in transversal decision making processes and community-based research. In fact, local communities already played a key role in the design of this project and were their crucial problems that gave rise to the research question of this project.



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Duration of the Project: from 03.04.2018 to 30.09.2019
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nikolai Grube