Edge of an Ethical Dilemma

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Article Title

Edge of an Ethical Dilemma

Journal Title

Archaeology

Author(s)

Balachandran, Sanchita

Volume Number

60

Issue Number

6

Article Pages

18, 20, 65

Web Address (URL)

http://www.jstor.org/stable/41780301

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JSTOR, EBSCO Host

Language

English

Notes

Abstract: The article discusses the ethical implications involved in conserving ancient artifacts. The author states that a friend brought her a Roman sword purchased in an online auction and wanted her to clean, stabilize, and preserve it. The author recounts her ethical reservations concerning the sword, including the encouragement of looting by preserving stolen objects and working with an artifact with no knowledge of its context or origins.

Additional tags: antiquities trade; historic preservation; ethics of working with stolen objects

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