Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence (Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice, Vol. 2)

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Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence (Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice, Vol. 2)


González-Ruibal, Alfredo and Moshenska, Gabriel

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New York, NY

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This volume examines the distinctive and highly problematic ethical questions surrounding conflict archaeology. By bringing together sophisticated analyses and pertinent case studies from around the world it aims to address the problems facing archaeologists working in areas of violent conflict, past and present. Of all the contentious issues within archaeology and heritage, the study of conflict and work within conflict zones are undoubtedly the most highly charged and hotly debated, both within and outside the discipline. Ranging across the conflict zones of the world past and present, this book attempts to raise the level of these often fractious debates by locating them within ethical frameworks. The issues and debates in this book range across a range of ethical models, including deontological, teleological and virtue ethics. The chapters address real-world ethical conundrums that confront archaeologists in a diversity of countries, including Israel/Palestine, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Rwanda, Germany and Spain. They all have in common recent, traumatic experiences of war and dictatorship. The chapters provide carefully argued, thought-provoking analyses and examples that will be of real practical use to archaeologists in formulating and addressing ethical dilemmas in a confident and constructive manner.


Volume 2 in the Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice series. World Archaeological Congress.

Only way is ethics / Gabriel Moshenska and Alfredo González-Ruibal
Ethics in action: a viewpoint from Israel/Palestine / Raphael Greenberg
Archaeological ethics andviolence in post-genocide Rwanda / John Giblin
All our findings are under their boots!: the monologue of violence in Iranian archaeology / Maryan Dezhamkhooy, Leila Papoli Yazdi, andOmran Garazhian
Archaeology of historical conflicts, colonial oppression, and political violencein Uruguay / José María López Mazz
Discussing the spaces of memory in Buenos Aires: official narratives and the challenges of site management / Melisa A. Salerno and Andrés Zarankin
Ethnics, archaeology, and civil conflict: the case of Spain / Alfredo Gozález-Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán Vila, and Rachel Caesar
Gate to a darker world: excavating at the Tempelhof Airport / Susan Pollock and Reinhard Bernbeck
Archaeology, national socialism and rehabilitation: the case of Herbert Jankuhn, 1905-1990 / Monika Steinel
Ethics of public engagement in the archaeology of modern conflict / Gabriel Moshenska
Partnership versus guns: military advocacy of peaceful approaches for cultural property protection / Laurie W. Rush
Cognitive dissonance and the military archaeology complex / Derek Congram
Working as a forensic archaeologist and/or anthropologist in post-conflict contexts: a consideration of professional responsibilities to the missing, the dead and their relatives / Soren Blau
Virtues impracticable and extremely difficult : the human rights of subsistence diggers / Sam Hardy

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