Partner Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH)
The Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) is the federal Institution in Mexico created since 1939 that is responsible for the protection, conservation, research and dissemination of the paleontological, archaeological and historical heritage in the country. By law INAH through their specialists is the only entity that develops research and conservation projects in the archaeological sites. In order to fulfill its mission, INAH has a centre of operation in every state of the country. In Yucatán more than 20,000 archaeological sites has been registered among which 17 has been explored and restored over decades by INAH's archaeologists and conservators. After central offices in Mexico City, INAH-Yucatán has the second biggest department of conservation and restoration with permanent members and the infrastructure necessary to intervene the archeological sites and collections spread in different museums. The department has also created a national and international network of collaboration with different academic institutions which includes the research of specific materials, the training of students in conservation practice and the experimentation on new technologies for conservation.
Role and Profile of key people
PhD Claudia García (F): Conservator and researcher at INAH, Yucatán. Has coordinated several conservation projects in various Maya sites such as Kohunlich, Calakmul, Chicanná, Mayapán and Becán. After conducting research on the archaeometry of materials and techniques and the conservation methods with new materials and heritage studies, she now focuses on the planning and practice of conservation at the world heritage site of Chichén Itzá. Member of INAH's National Council of Conservation in which general issues of conservation that affects cultural heritage in Mexico are discussed.
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
At INAH-Yucatán we have a Section of Conservation and Restoration that have the facilities to conserve objects from archaeological sites and museums with the equipment such as microscopes, tools and materials. The members of the sections are also responsible of the conservation of the archaeological sites and historical buildings.
Independent research premises
The research facilities are wholly independent from other Beneficiaries and/or TC Partner organisations in the consortium.
Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
2009-2011 Programa nacional de conservación de pintura mural (INAH).
Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions
Identification of ancient techniques through the colour of archaeological polychrome surfaces
Identification of salt weathering in subtropical changing weather.
Experimentation of nanocomposites with antimicrobial properties to prevent biodeterioration on stone materials.