Quijano Quiñones shows that conservators’ decisions can impact social systems of meaning, as well as uses and functions of objects. Her discussion focuses on the polychrome sculpture of “San Juan Bautista” (Saint John the Baptist) from the Mayan community of Tixcacalcupul in Yucatán, Mexico. It shows the benefits of working on tangible and intangible spheres at the same time and with the participation of the community for whom the material is significant. It also demonstrates how conservators’ work can affect interactions between communities and their living heritage.
This is the abstract of a poster to be presented at 'The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development', the UCL Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2014.
The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 May 2014, at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Lecture Theatre G6 from 8:30 to 18:00. Conference posters will be on display all day Friday in room 612.
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