The ethics of displaying human remains from British archaeological sites

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Article Title

The ethics of displaying human remains from British archaeological sites

Journal Title

Public Archaeology

Author(s)

Swain, Hedley

Year of Publication

2002

Volume Number

2

Issue Number

2

Article Pages

95-1000

Web Address (URL)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/pua.2002.2.2.95

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Taylor & Francis Online

Language

English

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Abstract: The 1998 exhibition London Bodies at the Museum of London provided an opportunity to review the ethical issues relating to the excavation, study and display of human remains in modern Britain. It is suggested that for most Britons the display of human skeletal material is not considered a problem, but that archaeologists would do well to ensure that their practices are in line with the views and beliefs of the society in which they work.

Additional tags: human remains; ethics of exhibition and display; societal ethics

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