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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: John W. Hoopes [SMTP:hoopes@ukans.edu] Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 5:59 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU
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      From: John W. Hoopes [SMTP:hoopes@...]
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      Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 5:59 PM
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      Subject: Protect Costa Rican Archaeology

      [Please note that this message contains both Spanish and English versions.]
      DENUNCIA PUBLICA
      El Presidente de la Rep�blica de Costa y Rica, Dr. Miguel Angel Rodr�guez,
      firm� un decreto presidencial "Reglamento de tr�mites para los estudios
      arqueol�gicos", (N� 28174 MP-C-MINAE-MEIC), el 12 de Octubre "D�a de las
      Culturas", que atenta seriamente contra la preservaci�n y conservaci�n del
      Patrimonio Arqueol�gico y el desarrollo de la arqueolog�a, como disciplina
      cient�fica.
      Durante las �ltimas dos d�cadas, los costarricenses, desde m�ltiples
      instancias y posiciones ideol�gicas, han trabajado por difundir e inculcar
      en las generaciones j�venes la idea de una Costa Rica pluricultural y
      multi�tnica. Como resultado de esos esfuerzos, se formularon leyes y
      decretos orientados a proteger y promover la diversidad de or�genes del
      patrimonio cultural costarricense. Ese reconocimiento afianzaba la
      democracia costarricense y un desarrollo nacional con sello propio.
      El decreto presidencial contempla los intereses de un sector en particular,
      el empresarial, y no de la sociedad en general, y plantea una l�gica
      mercantilista que ri�e con el esp�ritu y condici�n que sustenta el
      patrimonio arqueol�gico, su conservaci�n y preservaci�n.
      El Gobierno del Presidente Rodr�guez, justifica su acci�n, se�alando que hay
      p�rdidas econ�micas que deben enfrentar los inversionistas por la supuesta
      espera.
      No se hizo una consulta formal a instancias que, por idoneidad y por ley
      est�n involucradas con la protecci�n del Patrimonio Arqueol�gico. Por lo
      anterior, en el decreto se definen conceptos y t�rminos de manera confusa e
      inaplicable, por ejemplo, se establece una categorizaci�n de sitios
      arqueol�gicos, "de importancia y sin importancia", o una periodizaci�n que
      no contempla 3000 a�os de la historia de Costa Rica.
      Se le est� solicitando al Gobierno de Costa Rica, que reconsidere el decreto
      presidencial firmado el 12 de octubre. Instamos a la comunidad nacional e
      internacional a que manifieste su apoyo al retiro o modificaci�n del mismo.

      PUBLIC DENUNCIATION
      On October 12, the national "Day of Cultures", the President of the Republic
      of Costa Rica, Dr. Miguel Angel Rodr�guez, signed a presidential decree,
      "Regulation of proceedings for the archaeological studies", (N� 28174
      MP-C-MINAE-MEIC), that seriously undermines the preservation and
      conservation of archaeological patrimony and the development of archaeology
      as a scientific discipline.
      During last the two decades, Costa Ricans of diverse circumstances and
      ideological positions have worked to inculcate and foment in younger
      generations the idea of a pluricultural and multiethnic Costa Rica. As a
      result of these efforts, specific laws and decrees have been passed to
      protect and to promote the diversity of origins of Costa Rican cultural
      patrimony. The recognition of their value has strengthened Costa Rican
      democracy and the development of a distinct national identity.
      The presidential decree contemplates the interests of an individual sector,
      the entrepreneurial one, and not those of the society in general, and raises
      a mercantile logic that is in conflict with the spirit and social condition
      that is sustained by the conservation and preservation of archaeological
      patrimony.
      The Government of President Rodr�guez has justified his action by indicating
      that there are economic losses that investors must face by the supposed
      delay [in implementing procedures to evaluate and conserve archaeological
      remains].
      There was no formal consultation made with those entities that, both
      appropriately and legally, are concerned with protection of the
      Archaeological Patrimony. As a result of this, the decree contains concepts
      and terms that are defined in confused and inapplicable ways. For example,
      decree refers to categorization of "important and unimportant"
      archaeological sites and a periodizatio that does not take into
      consideration some 3000 years Costa Rican history.
      We are requesting that the Government of Costa Rica reconsider the
      presidential decree signed on the 12 of October. We appeal to the national
      and international community to demonstrate support for the decree's
      annulment or modification.
      Puede dirigir sus notas de protesta a las siguientes direcciones:
      You can direct letters of protest to the following addresses:
      Presidencia de la Rep�blica Centro de
      Investigaci�n y Conservaci�n del
      Fax (506) 253-3011 Patrimonio
      Cultural
      E-mail www.casapres.go.cr <http://www.casapres.go.cr>
      Ministerio de
      Cultura Juventud y Deportes
      E-mail presidente@... <mailto:presidente@...>
      Fax (506) 256-4891

      Peri�dico La Naci�n S.A. Televisora de
      Costa Rica S.A.
      Fax (506) 240-6485 Fax (506)
      232-0913
      E-mail lanacions.a.@... <mailto:lanacions.a.@...>
      E-mail
      tvsiete@... <mailto:tvsiete@...>
      Radioperi�dico Reloj
      Fax (506) 233-6372
      E-mail: news@... <mailto:news@...>

      Si desea m�s informaci�n, puede comunicarse a las siguientes direcciones:
      If you would like more information, you can communicate using the following
      addresses:
      Laboratorio de Arqueolog�a Departamento de Antropolog�a e
      Historia Departamento de Antropolog�a Museo Nacional de Costa
      Rica Universidad de Costa Rica Tel (506)
      233-06-79
      Tel. (506) 207-4601 E-mail
      MNCRDAH@... <mailto:MNCRDAH@...>
      Fax (506) 207-4032
      E-mail larqueol@... <mailto:larqueol@...>

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