Ethics and Value Conflicts: An Examination of Archaeologists’ Responses to Questionnaire Scenarios

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Article Title

Ethics and Value Conflicts: An Examination of Archaeologists' Responses to Questionnaire Scenarios

Journal Title

Plains Anthropologist

Author(s)

Watkins, Joe

Year of Publication

1999

Volume Number

44

Issue Number

170

Article Pages

95-106

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http://www.jstor.org/stable/25669631

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Language

English

Notes

Abstract: Between November 1991 and April 1993, a questionnaire using scenarios was used to gather information on issues affecting archaeology. Issues examined included the role of land ownership in archeological investigations, the relationship of tribal groups to archaeological material, the conflict between different cultures over cultural materials, and the conflict between scientific and humanistic views. Of 1000 copies of the questionnaire distributed to archaeologists throughout the United States, 191 were returned. This paper discusses the responses of archaeologists both within and outside of the compliance system to the general issue of the conflict between two cultures. It offers suggestions for further research.

Additional tags: ethical issues in archaeology; survey of archaeologists

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