Posted 20 February, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

Renew Cooperation Agreement in Archaeology

Las dirigentes de las instituciones ratificando el convenio.

The leaders of the institutions by ratifying the Convention.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage and the Center for Mexican Studies and Mesoamerican CEMCA, were held yesterday 19 February, 60 years of cooperation ex-Guatemalan Social Studies and Archaeology, with the renewal of the agreement for mutual cooperation, an important step for the ex-Guatemalan relationship to scientific level.

The signing took place in Chuwa Nima 'ABAJ, formerly known as Old Resume, the first archaeological site where began the fruitful international collaboration and scientific, in the presence of Rosa Maria Chan, Viceministra de Patrimonio Cultural y Natural, Oscar Mora, Director General of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Philippe Franc, French Ambassador to Guatemala and Delphine Mercier and Mélanie Forné, directors of CEMCA.


The first ex-Guatemalan archaeological excavations initiated in the year 1954 a Chuwa Nima 'Abäj. El Doctor Henri Lehmann, archaeologist of the French Archaeological Mission in Guatemala, directed research for four years to six months per year- ending with the restoration of many pre-Hispanic structures still be seen today in the archaeological park.

The French Archaeological Mission in Guatemala led, Many years later, the establishment of the Center for Mexican and Central American Studies (CEMCA), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the French Government and the French National Center for Research, which extended its activities to the social sciences in general.

French specialists share and work together with their Guatemalan counterparts and Central, both archeology and sociology, anthropology, history, the geography political science.

Following Nima's work on Chuwa 'ABAJ, researchers from the French Archaeological Mission in Guatemala and led archaeological projects CEMCA, historical and anthropological, but also in the Ixil region (Nebaj), in Quiché (San Andrés Sajcabajá), and in Rabinal, La Lagunita, over the years 70 y 80’s, contributing to the progress of anthropological knowledge and Prehispanic Highland Guatemala.

The armed conflict in the years 80 hampered the implementation of research projects, and went to 1999 starting again the French archaeological excavations, this time in northern Petén, La Joyanca, Zapote Bobal (Liberty Township) and currently Naachtun, north end of Petén.

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