Archaeology and autonomies: the legal framework of heritage management in a new Bolivia

Yates, D. (2011) Archaeology and autonomies: the legal framework of heritage management in a new Bolivia. International Journal of Cultural Property, 18(3), pp. 291-307. (doi: 10.1017/S0940739111000257)




The 2009 Bolivian Constitution significantly changed the structure of the state and paved the way for the creation of regional, local, and even indigenous autonomies. These autonomies are charged with the management of archaeological sites and museums within their territory. This article answers the question of who currently owns the Bolivian past, it stems from concerns raised at the 2011 renewal hearing of the Memorandum of Understanding preventing the import of illicit Bolivian antiquities into the United States. By combining an analysis of recent legal changes related to the creation of the autonomies and a short discussion of a notable case study of local management of a Bolivian archaeological site, this article offers a basic summary of the legal framework in which Bolivian archaeology and heritage management functions and some preliminary recommendations for governments and professionals wishing to work with Bolivian authorities at the state and local level.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yates, Dr Donna
Authors: Yates, D.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Cultural Property
Publisher:Cambridge University Press on behalf of the International Cultural Property Society
ISSN (Online):1465-7317
Published Online:01 December 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 International Cultural Property Society
First Published:First published in International Journal of Cultural Property 18(3):291-307
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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