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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Stark, Miriam T.
Title: Collaboration, engagement, and Cambodia: archaeological perspectives on cultural heritage
Date: 2020
Source: Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage
Notes: Special Issue: Current Archaeological Practice in Southeast Asia: Collaboration, Engagement, and Community Involvement in Field Research
Abstract: Community archaeology remains rare in Southeast Asian archaeology, where most archaeological engagement takes place within archaeological heritage management contexts. What should community archaeology look like in countries whose majority populations trace their ancestry directly back to monuments which generate huge revenues and whose archaeological records are under threat through development and looting? This article introduces Cambodian archaeological heritage management and its relationships to cultural tourism and economic development. Understanding Cambodian heritage management requires familiarity with UNESCO World Heritage designations which drive many developments in the country. Two primary areas of concern for both community archaeology and more top-down approaches are: (1) the challenges of working between multiple and competing stakeholder agendas, in which local community voices are rarely heard; and (2) the impact of specific management decisions on local communities. Case studies from across the region offer examples of solutions to these seemingly intractable obstacles.
Volume: 7
Number: 3
Page Start: 215
Page End: 231