Ethical implications of salvage archaeology and dam building: The clash between archaeologists and local people in Dar al-Manasir, Sudan

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Article Title

Ethical implications of salvage archaeology and dam building: The clash between archaeologists and local people in Dar al-Manasir, Sudan

Journal Title

Journal of Social Archaeology

Author(s)

Hafsaas-Tsakos, Henriette

Year of Publication

2011

Volume Number

11

Issue Number

1

Article Pages

49-76

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https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605310388372

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Language

English

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Abstract: The controversial Merowe Dam was inaugurated by the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, in March 2009. The reservoir of the dam had then already flooded a large stretch of the fertile Nile valley, which required the forced resettlement of up to 78,000 people. During the construction period of the dam, foreign archaeologists were surveying and excavating in order to save the cultural heritage of the land to be flooded. This article addresses the ethical implications of conducting salvage archaeology when the local people are in opposition to the development project that necessitates both their resettlement and the archaeological salvage.

Additional tags: salvage archaeology; conflict between archaeologists and local communities; resettlement; ethics of development

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