Ethics, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

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Ethics, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage


Richard Leventhal

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University of Pennsylvania

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This seminar will explore some of the most important issues that are now a central part of archaeological, anthropological and historical research throughout the world. The identification and control of cultural heritage is a central part of the framework for research within other communities. Issues for this course will also include cultural identity, human rights, repatriation, colonialism, working with communities and many other topics. Field research today must be based upon a new series of ethical standards that will be discussed and examined within this class. Major topics include: cultural heritage - definitions and constructs, cosmopolitanism and collecting, archaeology and looting, cultural heritage preservation, museums - universal and national, museum acquisition policies, cultural identity, international conventions (including underwater issues), national laws of ownership, community based development, cultural tourism, development models, and human rights.

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Program requirement for the Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management. Course description available on the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology website. Please contact department or instructor for further information.

Syllabus also available on the Society of American Anthropology webpage for ethics courses and syllabi:

Additional tags: human rights; cultural identity; cultural tourism; colonialism


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