Ethics and Governance

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2014

These papers relate to questions that count on the future of archaeology in light of current political and ethical concerns and issues. In this context, traditional research paradigms are questioned in a series of thought provoking papers. With greater attention given to new lines of enquiry in historical archaeology, it is proposed that our discipline is oriented towards a more productive use of archaeological resources.

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  • Arguing for an Archaeology of Dog Fighting (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kevin Bradley.

    Humans pitting dogs against each other as a source of entertainment has seemingly existed for thousands of years. The popularity of the ‘sport’ throughout history has attracted a wide array of enthusiasts. In the United States it inspired the development of new breeds and sophisticated fighting rings, the organization of which was equal to many legitimate professional sports, including the creation of official rules and popular magazines. The inhumanness of dog fighting also inspired...

  • Art and Archaeology of Konark Sun Temple:A World Heritage Site (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Munmun Mondal.

    The name Konark is derived from the Sanskrit word Kona (meaning angle) and word Arka (meaning sun) in reference to the temple which was dedicated to the Sun god Surya. The entire complex was designed in the form of the God’s huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels at its base.The Sun Temple of Konark often called as the Black Pagoda was constructed in mid thirteenth century by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I of the Ganga Dynasty. It is an ample...

  • ‘Ethics’ bedrock is the practice of ethics’: some considerations on ethics in Italian archaeology (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Barbara Panico. Emanuele Tornatore. Massimiliano Secci.

    What is the current situation in Italian archaeological ethics? Does a debate exist within the disciplinary community? The authors question the state of the art analyzing a series of case studies which have stimulated a major debate and others that have not received proper attention. In a confrontation between tangible examples and food for thoughts, between professional association recommendations and a lack of deontological teaching in university, this contribution attempts to offer a National...

  • Managing the archaeological heritage of Historical Flanders: medieval and early modern archaeology in a development-led context (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Wim De Clercq. Davy Herremans.

    Since the growth of urban archaeology in the 1970s, there has been a growing awareness of the significance of medieval and early-modern archaeological heritage in Flanders (Belgium).. The traditional entwinement of (post-)medieval and urban archaeology however, also resulted in the archaeology of the rural life remaining under-developed for a long time. With the application of the Valetta convention (only as late as 2000) a general increase in archaeological operations issued in the...

  • Marginalization Through Management: The Impacts of Irish Nationalism and Cultural Identity on Archaeological Sites and Landscapes (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kristina M. Garenani.

    After Ireland gained autonomy in the early 20th century, the desire to reinforce a unified national and cultural identity led (in some instances) to the misrepresentation of archaeological sites, their associated landscapes, and the historical narratives within which they first originated. The ecclesiastical site of Clonmacnoise, County Offaly, Ireland, is one example of how modern nationalism and cultural identity can influence the presentation, preservation, and display of such sites and...

  • Musée national Togo et gestion du patrimoine archéologique national (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Komi N’kégbé Fogâ Tublu.

    Les fouilles archéologiques sont assez récentes au Togo et ont permis de mettre à jour une abondante quantité de vestiges dignes d’intérêt historique et de se rendre à l’évidence que l’une des richesses culturelles du Togo est sans doute son patrimoine archéologique qui témoigne de l’occupation ancienne de ce territoire. Les vestiges et artéfacts retrouvés permettent de mieux comprendre le passé et d’enrichir l’histoire nationale de données concernant le mode de vie ou les événements marquants...

  • Navigating the “’thorny theoretical thicket’”: Ethical codes and archaeological models under NAGPRA (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Laura Masur.

    Repatriation, the legal process of returning American Indian human remains and cultural objects to present-day tribes, is a dynamic and emotionally-charged subject. Nearly twenty-five years after the passage of NMAIA and NAGPRA, unresolved conflicts include the relationship between federal acknowledgement and repatriation as well as the disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains. These are critical issues in Virginia, where active, state-recognized Indian tribes have had some success...