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Archaeological Ethics
     

Archaeological Ethics

by Karen D. Vitelli
 

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The second edition of Archaeological Ethics is an invitation to an ongoing and lively discussion on ethics. In addition to topics such as looting, reburial and repatriation, relations with native peoples, and professional conduct, Vitelli and Colwell-Chanthaphonh have responded to current events and news stories. Twenty-one new articles expand this ongoing discussion

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The second edition of Archaeological Ethics is an invitation to an ongoing and lively discussion on ethics. In addition to topics such as looting, reburial and repatriation, relations with native peoples, and professional conduct, Vitelli and Colwell-Chanthaphonh have responded to current events and news stories. Twenty-one new articles expand this ongoing discussion into the realm of intellectual property, public outreach, archaeotourism, academic freedom, archaeological concerns in times of war, and conflicting values. These compelling articles, from Archaeology Magazine, American Archaeology, and Expedition are written for a general audience and provide a fascinating introduction to the issues faced every day in archaeological practice. The article summaries, discussion and research questions, and suggestions for further reading_particularly helpful given the vast increase in related literature over the last decade_serve as excellent teaching aids and make this volume ideal for classroom use.

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Booknews
Articles reprinted from Archaeology magazine and additional material comprise a reader for a graduate/undergraduate course that has been found to attract not only proto-professional and amateur archaeologists, but also a wide range of other students. Looting and collecting, responses to looting, cultural heritage, affected peoples, reburial and repatriation, and professional behavior are covered. Destined to become required reading for first offenders, as an alternative to expulsion from the association. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal Of Field Archaeology
An excellent primer on the maze of complexities surrounding this issue. The book is a collection of articles culled from Archaeology Magazine that Vitelli put together after being frustrated by the lack of books that could be used in teaching classes on ethics.... Particularly useful is Vitelli's addition of a concise summary of each article and, especially, a series of questions at the end of each.
Public Archaeology Review
These essays are short, grounded in engaging descriptions of concrete examples, accessible to a wide audience and highly topical. The great strength of the collection is the breadth of coverage it provides and the interconnections it brings into view, when its constituent essays are read together, between issues, dilemmas, and strategies of response that arise in diverse settings.
Illinois Archaeology
This small book belongs on the shelf of every archaeologist, and can serve as a basic resouce for anyone who teaches archaeology.... Archaeological Ethics is an important book. Buy it and read it.
— Carol A. Morrow, Southeast Missouri State University
American Antiquity
This book is an important volume, released at a time when archaeologists need to be talking about ethics. Vitelli and AltaMira Press have done a great service in making it available. An interesting and thought-provoking read for any archaeologist, it is a terrific resource for any instructor who wants to introduce ethics in the classroom.
— Mark J. Lynott
Illinois Archaeology - Carol A. Morrow
This small book belongs on the shelf of every archaeologist, and can serve as a basic resouce for anyone who teaches archaeology.... Archaeological Ethics is an important book. Buy it and read it.
American Antiquity - Mark J. Lynott
This book is an important volume, released at a time when archaeologists need to be talking about ethics. Vitelli and AltaMira Press have done a great service in making it available. An interesting and thought-provoking read for any archaeologist, it is a terrific resource for any instructor who wants to introduce ethics in the classroom.
Journal of Field Archaeology
An excellent primer on the maze of complexities surrounding this issue. The book is a collection of articles culled from Archaeology Magazine that Vitelli put together after being frustrated by the lack of books that could be used in teaching classes on ethics.... Particularly useful is Vitelli's addition of a concise summary of each article and, especially, a series of questions at the end of each.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759114432
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
707 KB

Meet the Author

Karen D. Vitelli is professor emerita of anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh is a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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