Local Maya Staff and Custodians

Working at a national heritage historic site like Mayapán involves meeting conservation guidelines of Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) and performing research collaboratively with professional archaeologists and students from INAH and local universities such as the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan. Our own research on daily life occurred in tandem with INAH's work in the downtown Mayapán monumental district which is being restored for tourism. The industry of archaeology at this site has had largely positive economic and social effects on local residents of Telchaquillo, Yucatan. This small village is located one kilometer from the monumental district and is inhabited by families whose first language remains Yucatec Maya. These local villagers have contributed greatly to the research by sharing their knowledge of landscape, customs, environment, and foodways that provide informative analogies concerning past practices.