The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice

The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice

by Chris Scarre
     
 

Oxbow says: 'Good intentions are not enough', archaeologists today need to be better informed and mindful of the ethical issues and dilemmas of their actions. Based on this premise, this collection of inter-disciplinary essays sees archaeologists, anthropologists and philosophers wrestle with the complex issues of ethics in archaeology.See more details below

Overview

Oxbow says: 'Good intentions are not enough', archaeologists today need to be better informed and mindful of the ethical issues and dilemmas of their actions. Based on this premise, this collection of inter-disciplinary essays sees archaeologists, anthropologists and philosophers wrestle with the complex issues of ethics in archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521840118
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

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 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).

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.

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