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Ethics in archaeology. Ethical issues in archaeology. Human remains – excavation and storage Looting and illicit trade in antiquities Repatriation of artefacts Who can dig – professionals or amateurs?. Who can dig?. PPG16 ties archaeology to the planning process

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Ethics in archaeology

Ethics in archaeology


Ethical issues in archaeology

Ethical issues in archaeology

  • Human remains – excavation and storage

  • Looting and illicit trade in antiquities

  • Repatriation of artefacts

  • Who can dig – professionals or amateurs?


Who can dig

Who can dig?

  • PPG16 ties archaeology to the planning process

  • The Valletta Convention requires archaeologists to be licensed.


Burial archaeology

Burial archaeology


Looting and illicit trade in antiquities

Looting and illicit trade in antiquities

  • The solutions:

  • Portable Antiquities Scheme

  • Treasure Act

  • Monitoring ebay

  • Dealing in Cultural Objects Bill

The problems:

  • Metal-detecting

  • Looting during war

  • Illegal trade


Repatriation of artefacts

Repatriation of artefacts

  • Elgin Marbles

  • Australian Aboriginal human remains in the Natural History Museum


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