Ethics in Field Archaeology

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Article Title

Ethics in Field Archaeology

Journal Title

Journal of Field Archaeology

Author(s)

Smith, Robert Houston

Year of Publication

1974

Volume Number

1

Issue Number

3/4

Article Pages

375-383

Web Address (URL)

http://www.jstor.org/stable/529307

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Language

English

Notes

Abstract: Although there has been some progress towards ethical standards in archaeology during the past hundred years, only lately has the need for codified archaeological ethics begun to be felt. To elicit further discussion of this subject, the author suggests some elements that might be appropriate to such a code, including a rationale, a statement of principles and specific guidelines. The canons are grouped under four headings: the archaeologist in general, the sponsor, the chief excavator, and the excavation staff. Within each of these categories the author also notes several issues that are particularly controversial. He treats briefly the problems posed by any attempt to impose sanctions as a means of gaining compliance with such a code.

Additional tags: ethical codes; archaeological ethics; field archaeology

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