Ethics, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage

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Ethics, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage


Richard M. Leventhal

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University of Pennsylvania

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Fall Semester

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This seminar explores 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 critical part of the framework for research within other communities. Issues for this course 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 are 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. Undergraduates need permission from instructor.

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Course description provided by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Please contact instructor for further information.

Additional tags: cultural heritage; case studies; Penn Museum


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