Ethics in Canadian Archaeology: An International, Comparative Analysis

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Ethics in Canadian Archaeology: An International, Comparative Analysis

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Canadian Journal of Archaeology/Journal Canadien d'Archéologie


Rosenswig, Robert M.

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Abstract: Ethical questions have assumed a central role in archaeological discourse during the past few years. In May of 1996 the Canadian Archaeological Association ratified its first code of ethics called: Statement of Principles for Ethical Conduct Pertaining to Aboriginal Peoples. This paper compares the CAA statement with those of the national archaeological associations from New Zealand, Australia and the United States as well as the World Archaeological Congress and the Society of Professional Archaeologists. A content analysis provides a quantitative assessment of major themes addressed by each of the six documents. Significant differences are documented between the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand associations on one hand and the Society for American Archaeology on the other. The former ethical documents provide a privileged position for Native involvement in archaeological endeavours, the latter does not.

Additional tags: codes of ethics; archaeological societies; Indigenous, Aboriginal, and Native relationships to archaeology

Abstract also available in French. See Wylie (1997) for a response to this article, listed separately in this database.


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