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Appropriating the Past
Philosophical Perspectives on the Practice of Archaeology

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Geoffrey Scarre, Robin Coningham, James O. Young, Piotr Bienkowski, Cornelius Holtorf, Janna Thompson, Larry J. Zimmerman, Anna Källén, Jonathan Lear, Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Alexander A. Bauer, George P. Nicholas, Alison Wylie, David E. Cooper, Tom Allen, David Garrard, Prishanta Gunawardhana, Nayanjot Lahiri
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521124256

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  • In this book an international team of archaeologists, philosophers, lawyers, and heritage professionals addresses significant ethical questions about the rights to access, manage, and interpret the material remains of the past. The chapters explore competing claims to interpret and appropriate the past and the major ethical issues associated with them, including handling the sacred; contested rights over sites, antiquities, and artifacts; the involvement of local communities in archaeological research; and the legal status of heritage sites. The book covers a range of hotly debated topics in contemporary archaeological practice, focusing particularly on the relationship between academic archaeologists and indigenous communities for whom the material remnants of the past that form the archaeological record may be part of a living tradition and anchors of social identity.

    • Takes a multidisciplinary approach (archaeology, philosophy, anthropology, law), providing an intellectual conversation amongst practitioners of different disciplines in this area
    • Contains new essays from leading experts from seven different countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, India, Sweden and Sri Lanka)
    • Presents work at the cutting-edge of research into the ethical issues in this area, using recent case-studies and addressing the most urgent current concerns of theorists and practitioners
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    “In our complex world, archaeological work has become a unique focal point for the clash of cultures that occurs when different stakeholders view culturally significant material in very different ways. I highly recommend Appropriating the Past as an essential interdisciplinary volume that addresses the deep and controversial issues that this raises.” – Leo Groarke, University of Windsor

    “Professors Scarre and Coningham have assembled a crack team of lawyers, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers to deal with cutting-edge ethical issues affecting all disciplines that study the human past. What happens, and what should happen, when invasive archeological techniques intrude on sacral objects and sacred ground? When historical research discredits stories that form the basis of cultural identity? When indigenous peoples find their ancestry challenged by population studies? Must we choose between treating the departed as subjects due respect or as objects of research? Is the Enlightenment command, ‘dare to know,’ a moral imperative or a ruthless warrant for cultural vandalism? This book is a wake-up call that probes the dark sides of scientific work in disciplines that have rarely been exposed to ethical inquiry. The editors are to be congratulated on breaking new ground.” – Douglas Lackey, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

    “This sophisticated volume brings together a stellar and interdisciplinary group of cultural heritage specialists to address ethical issues in contemporary archaeology. However, the contributions of this book go well beyond archaeology, to address issues of ethics, theory, and practice in cultural heritage. Their use of the term ‘appropriation’ includes the uses, abuses, and control over ‘the past’ more broadly. The volume makes an important and timely contribution to the burgeoning field of international heritage studies.” – Elizabeth S. Chilton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521124256
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Geoffrey Scarre and Robin Coningham
    Part I. Claiming the Past:
    2. The values of the past James O. Young
    3. Whose past? Archaeological knowledge, community knowledge, and the embracing of conflict Piotr Bienkowski
    4. The past people want: heritage for the majority? Cornelius Holtorf
    5. The ethics of repatriation: rights of possession and duties of respect Janna Thompson
    6. On archaeological ethics and letting go Larry J. Zimmerman
    7. Hintang and the dilemma of benevolence: archaeology and ecotourism in Laos Anna Källén
    Part II. Problems of Meaning and Method:
    8. What is a crisis of intelligibility? Jonathan Lear
    9. Contesting religious claims over archaeological sites Elizabeth Burns Coleman
    10. Multivocality and 'wikiality': the epistemology and ethics of a pragmatic archaeology Alexander A. Bauer
    11. 'Do not do unto others …': cultural misrecognition and the harms of appropriation in an open-source world George P. Nicholas and Alison Wylie
    12. Should ruins be preserved? David E. Cooper
    Part III. Problems of Ownership and Control:
    13. Legal principles, political processes, and cultural property Tom Allen
    14. Monuments versus movables: state restrictions on cultural property rights David Garrard
    15. Looting or rededication? Buddhism and the expropriation of relics Robin Coningham and Prishanta Gunawardhana
    16. Partitioning the past: India's archaeological heritage after independence Nayanjot Lahiri.

  • Editors

    Geoffrey Scarre, University of Durham
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    Robin Coningham, University of Durham
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    Contributors

    Geoffrey Scarre, Robin Coningham, James O. Young, Piotr Bienkowski, Cornelius Holtorf, Janna Thompson, Larry J. Zimmerman, Anna Källén, Jonathan Lear, Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Alexander A. Bauer, George P. Nicholas, Alison Wylie, David E. Cooper, Tom Allen, David Garrard, Prishanta Gunawardhana, Nayanjot Lahiri

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