The Ethics of Archaeology

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The Ethics of Archaeology

By Chris Scarre

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Anthropology -> Archaeology

The Ethics of Archaeology
Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1/19/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511144865
ISBN 13: 9780511144868
Print ISBN: 9780521840118

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