Appropriating the Past: Philosophical Perspectives on the Practice of Archaeology

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Geoffrey Scarre, Robin Coningham
Cambridge University Press, Nov 12, 2012 - Social Science
In this book an international team of archaeologists, philosophers, lawyers and heritage professionals addresses significant ethical questions about the rights to access, manage and interpret the material remains of the past. The chapters explore competing claims to interpret and appropriate the past and the major ethical issues associated with them, including handling the sacred; contested rights over sites, antiquities and artifacts; the involvement of local communities in archaeological research; and the legal status of heritage sites. The book covers a range of hotly debated topics in contemporary archaeological practice, focusing particularly on the relationship between academic archaeologists and indigenous communities for whom the material remnants of the past that form the archaeological record may be part of a living tradition and anchors of social identity.
 

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Contents

The Values of the Past
25
Heritage for the Majority
63
Rights of Possession
82
On Archaeological Ethics and Letting Go
98
Archaeology
119
PART TWO PROBLEMS OF MEANING AND METHOD
141
Contesting Religious Claims over Archaeological Sites
156
The Epistemology
176
I2 Should Ruins Be Preserved
222
Legal Principles Political Processes and Cultural
239
State Restrictions
257
Looting or Rededication Buddhism and
281
Indias Archaeological Heritage
295
References
313
Index
347
Copyright

Cultural Misrecognition
195

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Geoffrey Scarre is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and the co-founder and director of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage. He is the editor (with Chris Scarre) of The Ethics of Archaeology: Philosophical Perspectives on Archaeological Practice and author of several books including, most recently, Death, Mill's 'On Liberty': A Reader's Guide and On Courage.

Robin Coningham is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Archaeology at Durham University and co-founder of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage. Active as a field archaeologist in South Asia and Iran, he currently leads a UNESCO archaeological team which is excavating inside the temple of the Buddha's birth at Lumbini in Nepal.

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