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Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence

González-Ruibal, Alfredo, Moshenska, Gabriel (Eds.)

2015, XVII, 243 p. 15 illus., 13 illus. in color.

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  • Includes specific case studies to help the researcher and student to identify and clarify the links between abstract ethical values and the painfully real ethical dilemmas that archaeologists are forced to confront in conflict zones
  • Covers a number of issues that have captured media attention in recent years, including the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the entanglement of heritage and conflict in Israel, Palestine and the ancient Yugoslavia
  • Addresses the subjectivity of ethics in conflict archaeology by utilizing "debate" formats in several of the chapters

This volume examines the distinctive and highly problematic ethical questions surrounding conflict archaeology. By bringing together sophisticated analyses and pertinent case studies from around the world it aims to address the problems facing archaeologists working in areas of violent conflict, past and present. Of all the contentious issues within archaeology and heritage, the study of conflict and work within conflict zones are undoubtedly the most highly charged and hotly debated, both within and outside the discipline. Ranging across the conflict zones of the world past and present, this book attempts to raise the level of these often fractious debates by locating them within ethical frameworks. The issues and debates in this book range across a range of ethical models, including deontological, teleological and virtue ethics. The chapters address real-world ethical conundrums that confront archaeologists in a diversity of countries, including Israel/Palestine, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Rwanda, Germany and Spain. They all have in common recent, traumatic experiences of war and dictatorship. The chapters provide carefully argued, thought-provoking analyses and examples that will be of real practical use to archaeologists in formulating and addressing ethical dilemmas in a confident and constructive manner.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » archaeology and conflict and the Middle East - archaeology, violence, and ethics - conflict archaeology and ethics - conflict archaeology and politics - conflict archaeology in Yugoslavia - conflict zones and archaeology - cultural heritage crime and ethics - heritage of conflict zones - illegal trade in antiquities in conflict zones - refugee archaeologists

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Introduction: the only way is ethics.- Chapter 2: Ethics in action: a viewpoint from Israel/Palestine.- Chapter 3: Archaeological ethics and violence in post-genocide Rwanda.- Chapter 4: All our findings are under their boots! The monologue of violence in Iranian archaeology.- Chapter 5: Archaeology of historic conflicts, colonial oppression and political violence in Uruguay.- Chapter 6: “Everything is kept in memory.” Reflections on the memory sites of the dictatorship in Buenos Aires (Argentina).- Chapter 7: Archaeology, anthropology and civil conflict. The case of Spain.- Chapter 8: A gate to a darker world: excavating at the Tempelhof airport (Berlin).- Chapter 9: Archaeology, National Socialism and rehabilitation: the case of Herbert Jankuhn (1905-1990).- Chapter 10: The ethics of public engagement in the archaeology of modern conflict.- Chapter 11: Military advocacy of peaceful approaches for cultural property protection.- Chapter 12: Cognitive dissonance and the military-archaeology complex.- Chapter 13: Working as a forensic archaeologist and/or anthropologist in post-conflict contexts: a consideration of professional responsibilities to the missing, the dead and their relatives.- Chapter 14: Virtues impracticable and extremely difficult: The human rights of subsistence diggers.

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