The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice
Chris Scarre, Geoffrey Scarre
Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2006 - Social Science
The question of ethics and their role in archaeology has stimulated one of the discipline's liveliest debates. In this collection of essays, first published in 2006, an international team of archaeologists, anthropologists and philosophers explore the ethical issues archaeology needs to address. Marrying the skills and expertise of practitioners from different disciplines, the collection produces interesting insights into many of the ethical dilemmas facing archaeology today. Topics discussed include relations with indigenous peoples; the professional standards and responsibilities of researchers; the role of ethical codes; the notion of value in archaeology; concepts of stewardship and custodianship; the meaning and moral implications of 'heritage'; the question of who 'owns' the past or the interpretation of it; the trade in antiquities; the repatriation of skeletal material; and treatment of the dead. This important collection is essential reading for all those working in the field of archaeology, be they scholar or practitioner.
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Aboriginal AltaMira Press American Archaeology Anthropological anthropologists antiquities archae archaeo archaeological ethics archaeological finds archaeological heritage archaeological record archaeological resources archaeological sites archaeologists argue argument artefacts Baier Belmont Report benefit Cambridge change claim codes of ethics common heritage communities concerned conservation considered context Convention cultural heritage cultural property dead epistemic inclusion example excavations global groups harm heritage of humankind human remains Illicit Antiquities important Indian indigenous individuals interests interpretations Kennewick landscape living looting moral museum NAGPRA Native Americans Native Hawaiian objects obligations one’s owners ownership past people’s perspective Philosophy pothunting practice preservation principle of stewardship problems professional protection question recognise Repatriation respect responsibility SAA principle Scarre significance social subsistence diggers subsistence digging things tourism traditional trusting relationships truthfulness UNESCO unique Vine Deloria Virtue Ethics Vitelli Walnut Creek World Heritage concept World Heritage List World Heritage Sites Zimmerman