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The ethics of archaeology: philosophical perspectives on archaeological practice

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Chris Scarre

Geoffrey Scarre


The question of ethics and their role in archaeology has stimulated one of the discipline's liveliest debates. In this collection of essays, an international team of archaeologists, anthropologists and philosophers explore the ethical issues archaeology needs to address. Marrying the skills and expertise of practitioners from different disciplines, the collection produces interesting insights into many of the ethical dilemmas facing archaeology today. Topics discussed include relations with indigenous peoples; the professional standards and responsibilities of researchers; the role of ethical codes; the notion of value in archaeology; concepts of stewardship and custodianship; the meaning and moral implications of 'heritage'; the question of who 'owns' the past or the interpretation of it; the trade in antiquities; the repatriation of skeletal material; and treatment of the dead. This important collection is essential reading for all those working in the field of archaeology, be they scholar or practitioner. • 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


Scarre, C., & Scarre, G. (Eds.). (2006). The ethics of archaeology: philosophical perspectives on archaeological practice. Cambridge University Press.

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date Jan 1, 2006
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2007
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2009
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN 05218401120
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© Cambridge University Press 2006

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