Ethical Issues in Archaeology

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Ethics in the field of archaeological research has become increasingly more complicated, particularly in response to the recent growth of contract archaeology. The past is not in fact "dead and buried," and ethical questions about this living record demand an ongoing discussion within the social and cultural groups who interpret this record. Authored largely by members of the Society for American Archaeology Ethics Committee, this up-to-date edited volume of original articles tackles issues such as the origins of and theory behind archaeological ethics, as well as archaeologists' responsibilities to the archaeological record, to diverse publics, to each other, and to their students. The book promises to fuel a critical debate among professionals and will be an important tool for training the next generation of archaeologists. Published in cooperation with the Society for American Archaeology. Published in cooperation with the Society for American Archaeology.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE - S.R. Martin
[a] fine volume...Coverage of current and emergent topics is well conceived...Essential.
Canadian Journal of Archaeology, Vol.28, 2004, Issue 1 - Jason D. Gillespie
This volume provides a valuable guidebook for both the uninitiated and engaging read that forced me to confront some of my own ethical positions. It would be a valuable read for the professional and student alike.
Indigenous Nations Studies Journal - Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh
This volume is earnestly recommended because it significantly expands and deepens our understanding of archaeological ethics, even as it challenges professionals and students alike to contemplate the conduct and core values of the discipline.
Journal Of Field Archaeology
Now that ethics have assumed a central role in archaeology, students, teachers, and practicing archaeologists, as well as those with an interest in and concern for the past, will find this book to be a valuable resource.
Oxbow Book News
This volumn is a closely edited, well-planned overview of archaeological ethics, written under the auspices of the Society for American Archaeology but including contributions from far beyond the USA.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759102705
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry J. Zimmerman is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. K.D. Vitelli is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. Julie Hollowell-Zimmer is a PhD candidate in the Archaeology and Social Context Program of Indiana University's Department of Anthropology .

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Where Archaeological Ethics Come From
1 On Ethics 3
2 The Development of Ethics in Archaeology 17
Pt. II Responsibilities to the Archaeological Record
3 Looting: An International View 31
4 Digging in the Dirt - Ethics and "Low-End Looting" 45
5 The Ethics of Shipwreck Archaeology 57
6 Archaeological Ethics: Museums and Collections 71
7 Cultural Resource Management and the Business of Archaeology 85
8 Archaeological Curation: An Ethical Imperative for the Twenty-First Century 99
Pt. III Responsibilities to Diverse Publics
9 Coffee Cans and Folsom Points: Why We Cannot Continue to Ignore the Artifact Collectors 115
10 Archaeological Ethics and American Indians 129
11 Descendant Communities: Linking People in the Present to the Past 143
12 Purveyors of the Past: Education and Outreach as Ethical Imperatives in Archaeology 153
13 Ethics and the Media 163
14 In the Spirit of the Code 177
Pt. IV Responsibilities to Colleagues, Employees, and Students
15 Safety and the Ethics of Archaeological Fieldwork 201
16 What Are We Really Teaching in Archaeological Field Schools? 213
17 Gender Matters - A Question of Ethics 225
18 The Ethics of Research Knowledge 239
19 Creating and Implementing a Code and Standards 251
App Websites for Professional Codes of Ethics and Standards 261
Bibliography 263
Index 285
About the Contributors 295
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