Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros is a multidisciplinary project focusing on an ancient Maya city in western Guatemala. Residents founded the site on the only non-coastal salt source in the Maya lowlands, which has been continuously exploited for at least the last 3,000 years, from the rise of Maya civilization through the Classic collapse, the Spanish conquest, the independence of Guatemala, and the local land rush of the 1980's to the present day.
We firmly believe that archaeology does not exist in a vacuum, and that we can and must move beyond simple academic interests to affect change in the regions we investigate. To this end we have worked closely with the local population and various NGOs since the project began in order to improve the health and economy of the local region, to increase the well-being of the residents of the 10 villages surrounding the archaeological site, and to assure that they protect and benefit from their cultural patrimony. This program has continued through each of our subsequent field seasons, which you can read more about here.
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