The Ethics of Archaeology, Subsistence Digging, and Artifact Looting in Latin America: Point, Muted Counterpoint

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Article Title

The Ethics of Archaeology, Subsistence Digging, and Artifact Looting in Latin America: Point, Muted Counterpoint

Journal Title

International Journal of Cultural Property

Author(s)

Matsuda, David

Month of Publication

January

Year of Publication

1998

Volume Number

7

Issue Number

1

Article Pages

87-97

Web Address (URL)

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0940739198770080

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CambridgeCore

Language

English

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Abstract: The author portrays the indigenous populations who engage in subsistence digging of sites in Latin America both as a means of supporting themselves economically and as a way of connecting themselves to their past and their ancestors who left the buried remains as a type of gift to their descendants. The article is also critical of the mainstream archaeologists, who, according to the author, hide behind the veil of scientific objectivity. Finally, the author juxtaposes the varying competing interests, particularly against the backdrop of denial of basic human and economic rights in these regions, and poses the question, to whom should these cultural remains belong?

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