Community Archaeology in Practice: An Interview
Updated: Oct 22, 2020
By Carlos Price-Sanchez, International Education and Development, Penn Graduate School of Education
This week, I sat down with Tiffany Cain, an anthropologist and PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She has just come back from her 6th season of archaeological study in Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico. There, her study is one of many sub-projects of the “Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project,” all related to the history and heritage of Tihosuco. Many of these projects focus on the Caste War of Yucatan, a highly successful indigenous insurrection fought from 1847 to about 1901. Conducting their work in this region, the Project hopes to address the social inequity persistent in the aftermath of the Caste War through community-organized efforts regarding cultural empowerment and the bolstering of the local economy.