‘Ethics’ bedrock is the practice of ethics’: some considerations on ethics in Italian archaeology


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 cross-section which draws attention to a turnover of ethical subjectivism and pluralism often ending in an approach lacking uniformity and above all correctness: self-legitimateness. Backwards, archaeological research, protection and enhancement activities need to be based on a greater sense of responsibility of the disciplinary and political community, in order to grant discipline and all connected activities with the power to face new challenges in the Third Millennium. In this direction Giulio Giorello’s quote proposed in the title perfectly exemplifies this contribution perspective

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‘Ethics’ bedrock is the practice of ethics’: some considerations on ethics in Italian archaeology. Barbara Panico, Emanuele Tornatore, Massimiliano Secci. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436822)

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PaperId(s): SYM-29,04