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Stuck Between Authorised Discourse and Post-Patrimonial Critique? The Qhapaq Ñan Project as an Example of Archaeological Heritage in Peru


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Marcone, Giancarlo 

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In Peru, archaeology and heritage are trapped in a false dichotomy that mirrors broader tensions between the authority of academic knowledge and a post-patrimonial critique that challenges the hegemonic nature of heritage discourses. Using the example of the Qhapaq Ñan Project, a contemporary state driven program that actively tried to incorporate communities in the comanagement of heritage sites, this article discusses how such contradictions obscure the long-standing relationship between heritage and society. The article proposes that one possible solution for this dilemma is to embrace more fluid ideas of what ‘local’ means. The adoption of a specific public space framework and co-creation methodology as used in other disciplines could help current bottom-up initiatives to effectively free archaeology and heritage from this gridlock.

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post-patrimonial critique, Peru, authorized discourse, archaeological heritage

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Rethinking the Archaeology–Heritage Divide

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0261-4332

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37

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