Ethics and Artifact Collecting: Interviews with Montana Collectors

Author(s): Nancy Mahoney

Year: 2017


Why do people collect artifacts? This paper summarizes the results of twenty interviews with artifact collectors and tribal members regarding the non-professional collection of artifacts of American Indian heritage in Montana. The results of this research are relevant to the current debates regarding the ethical considerations surrounding collaborations among professional archaeologists and artifact collectors. In particular, this research highlights divergent perspectives regarding the meaning and value of artifacts to various stakeholder groups (i.e., professional and academic archaeologists, rural landowners, descendant communities, collectors, avocationalists, museums, regional historical societies, and federal and state agencies).

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Ethics and Artifact Collecting: Interviews with Montana Collectors. Nancy Mahoney. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430669)

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Abstract Id(s): 15567