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The Ethics of Archaeology

The Ethics of Archaeology
Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice

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Chris Scarre, Geoffrey Scarre, James O. Young, Oliver Leaman, Robert Layton, Gillian Wallace, Julie Hollowell, Jeffrey C. Bendremer, Kenneth A. Richman, Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, T. J. Ferguson, David E. Cooper, Douglas P. Lackey, Leo Groarke, Gary Warrick, Sarah Tarlow, Sandra M. Dingli, Atle Omland, Robin Coningham, Rachel Cooper, Mark Pollard
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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521840118

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  • Archaeologists are becoming increasingly conscious of their ethical responsibilities in the discovery, interpretation and custodianship of the archaeological record. In this important new collection, leading international archaeologists and philosophers come together to discuss the significant ethical issues raised by the contemporary practice of archaeology. Addressing topics such as archaeologists' relations with indigenous peoples, the role of ethical codes, looting and the trade in antiquities, repatriation, and archaeologists' treatment of the dead, this book is an ideal introduction to the ethics of archaeology.

    • Explores one of the most engaging debates in archaeology, that of the role of ethics in archaeological research
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach which embraces archaeology, anthropology and philosophy
    • An international team of specialists in their fields offers interesting insights into the issues generated by the current debate
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    "This book should be read by all archaeologists and those with an interest in practical ethics. Highly recommended."
    -Choice

    "[...]articles are well written[...]present important analyses and case studies of ethical issues facing our discipline today."
    -Alicia J. M. Colson, Montreal, Quebec, Canadian Journal of Archaeology

    "...this book is essential reading for individuals with a personal interest in the contemporary processes of archaeology and cultural heritage..." -- The Midden

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521840118
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction Chris Scarre and Geoffrey Scarre
    Part I. The Ownership of Cultural Objects:
    2. Cultures and the ownership of archaeological finds James O. Young
    3. Who guards the guardians? Oliver Leaman
    4. Is culture a commodity? Robert Layton and Gillian Wallace
    5. Moral arguments on subsistence digging Julie Hollowell
    Part II. Archaeologists and the Living:
    6. Human subjects review and archaeology: a view from Indian country Jeffrey C. Bendremer and Kenneth A. Richman
    7. Trust and archaeological practice: towards a framework of virtue ethics Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and T. J. Ferguson
    8. Truthfulness and 'inclusion' in archaeology David E. Cooper
    9. Ethics and native American reburials: a philosopher's view of two decades of NAGPRA Douglas P. Lackey
    10. Stewardship gone astray? Ethics and the SAA Leo Groarke and Gary Warrick
    Part III. Archaeologists and the Dead:
    11. Can archaeology harm the dead? Geoffrey Scarre
    12. Archaeological ethics and the people of the past Sarah Tarlow
    Part IV. The Common Heritage of Humankind?:
    13. A plea for responsibility towards the common heritage of mankind Sandra M. Dingli
    14. The ethics of the World Heritage concept Atle Omland
    15. What value a unicorn's horn? A study of archaeological uniqueness and value Robin Coningham, Rachel Cooper and Mark Pollard
    References
    Index.

  • Editors

    Chris Scarre, University of Durham
    Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham. His previous publications include Monuments and Landscape in Atlantic Europe (ed.) (2002) and The Human Past: A Textbook of World Prehistory (ed.) (2005).

    Geoffrey Scarre, University of Durham
    Geoffrey Scarre is Reader at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durham. He is the author of After Evil: Responses to Wrongdoing (2004) and the editor of Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust (2003).

    Contributors

    Chris Scarre, Geoffrey Scarre, James O. Young, Oliver Leaman, Robert Layton, Gillian Wallace, Julie Hollowell, Jeffrey C. Bendremer, Kenneth A. Richman, Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, T. J. Ferguson, David E. Cooper, Douglas P. Lackey, Leo Groarke, Gary Warrick, Sarah Tarlow, Sandra M. Dingli, Atle Omland, Robin Coningham, Rachel Cooper, Mark Pollard

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