Research Laboratories of Archaeology at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: 

InHerit is housed within the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) at UNC-Chapel Hill. The RLA was founded in 1939 as a center for the study of Native American culture in North Carolina and nearby states. Since then, its activities have grown to include research throughout the Americas. Given the great time-depth of Indian cultures in this hemisphere, the RLA’s research has been principally archaeological. Yet our activities have always had a strong interdisciplinary component, drawing on the methods of ethnobotany, ecology, history, geology, physical anthropology, geography, and other related fields. Currently, the RLA’s mission has four facets:
  • to expand knowledge of native peoples in the Americas, with particular emphasis on North Carolina and the South;
  • to train graduate and undergraduate students in the methods of archaeology;
  • to inform the public about Indian culture and archaeology; and
  • to serve as a repository of archaeological collections.

Proyecto Arqueológico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatán (PACOY) 

PACOY is co-directed by Dr. Patricia McAnany from the Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill and Dr. Iván Batún-Alpuche of the Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Yucatán. This collaborative community archaeology project focuses on connecting the prehispanic and colonial history of the Yucatec Maya town of Tahcabo with the contemporary experience of its residents today. The active participation of the community in developing this research project since its inception is a key component of the study of the town and its surroundings. As part of this project, InHerit assisted in the development of a community museum and heritage trail.

InHerit’s International Partners:

  • Uses creative methodologies including art and drama to engage children in issues of community, identity and the environment through the “Maya Project” produced in cooperation with InHerit.

  • Dedicated to the conservation of ecological and cultural heritage in the department of El Petén, Guatemala. The organization combines education and family economy programs to foster equitable and sustainable community development.
  • Provides open access to information and knowledge through dynamic libraries offering community-driven initiatives including story-hours, literacy classes, leadership training, parenting classes, and internet access throughout Guatemala and Honduras.

  • Promotes knowledge about environmental and cultural conservation through educational programs for Mexican and international students at the Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve in the Puuc Hills of Yucatán.
  • Generates methods of diffusion and sociocultural critique in order to encourage diverse ideas as part of Yucatecan ethnicity.
  • Promotes dignity for people and communities in the Maya region of Mexico through processes of empowerment and equity that result in social rights (education, health, work, land, subsistence, etc.) and the revalorization of cultural identity and harmony with nature.
  • Manejo Cultural: Promotes social projects that benefit culture, environment, natural resources, legal anthropology, cultural heritage, and hydrology in the state of Quintana Roo.
  • Mayaón: Promotes Mayan language, cultural heritage, and environmental conservation throughout the Yucatán Peninsula.

  • Responds to the challenges of poverty and marginalization in rural Toledo by promoting sustainable development and identity through intercultural education, training and research focusing on Maya values, knowledge and philosophy.
  • An indigenous rights organization committed to promoting equality, identity, and sustainability for Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Mayan communities in the Toledo District, Belize.
  • For updates and information on southern Belize, see the Maya Leaders Alliance Facebook page:

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