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Archaeology in Action

Maya Land, Identity, and Human Rights

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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

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This brand-new virtual lecture series connects you to Penn Museum’s leading archaeological experts. Hear first-hand accounts from researchers and learn about the latest findings from projects across the globe from the comfort of your home.


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Archaeology tells stories about the past, about our ancestors, and about their relationship with the land and world. Today, much of the fight for Indigenous rights is about the control and preservation of land, connecting it to archaeology. Activist Cristina Coc and Dr. Richard M. Leventhal will share how the Maya people of southern Belize are moving forward with the creation of a Maya Homeland with communally owned and controlled land and resources. They will also discuss the development of community museums in the region that focus on identity and representation. And finally, they’ll describe a similar project in Mexico centered around land, identity, and heritage associated with the 19th century rebellion known as the Caste War of the Yucatan.

About the Speakers

Christina Coc.

Cristina Coc

Cristina Coc, a Q’eqchi Mayan community leader in Southern Belize, is the Program Director of the Julian Cho Society, an organization that she founded to focus on the conservation of environments and rights of Indigenous peoples of Southern Belize.

Richard M. Leventhal, Ph.D.

Richard M. Leventhal, PhD., is Executive Director of the PennCultural Heritage Center of the Penn Museum as well as a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the Directors of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project focused on the 19th century Caste War rebellion in the Yucatan. He has written extensively about the ancient Maya and cultural heritage preservation

Richard Levanthal.