British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology Ethics and Standards
British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
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BABAO has been working hard to create a Code of Ethics and a Code of Practice which presents general guidelines for ethical practice in relation to the handling, storage and analysis of human remains from archaeological sites.
These guidelines also cover aspects of decisions relating to retention, reburial and repatriation.
On 2019, BABAO updated their Code of Ethics, Code of Practice and Guidance Document on Digital Imaging (for 2D and 3D digital imaging of human remains). These present general guidelines for ethical practice in relation to the handling, storage and analysis of human remains from archaeological sites. These statements include: Statement on the Sale of Human Remains, and The Human Tissue Act (2004).
They also include links to current standards, guidelines and legislation relating to excavation, recording and treatment of human remains from archaeological sites and other contexts.
RPA Codes & Standards
- Adequate Preparation for Research Projects
- Archaeologist's Responsibility to the Public
- Maintaining Continuity of Records
- Specimen and Research Record Storage
- Principle 1: Adherence to ethical and responsible behaviour in archaeological affairs
- Principle 2: Responsibility for the conservation of the historic environment
- Principle 3: Responsibility for acquiring and recording reliable information of the past in archaeological research
Keywords & Terms
- Avoid, Discourage, and Report Unethical and Illegal Activity
- Burials and Human Remains
- Culturally Significant and/or Sacred Sites, Objects, and Places
- Do No Harm
- General Archaeological Ethics
- Impact on Communities - Local, Descendant, etc.
- Management of Cultural Resources, Heritage, History
- Preservation of Archaeological Resources
- Public Interest, Collaboration, Education, and Outreach
- Storage of Data, Specimens, and Records