The Ethics of Cultural Heritage

  • Tracy Ireland
  • John Schofield

Part of the Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice book series (ETHARCHAEOL, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Tracy Ireland, John Schofield
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ethical Domains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Sarah Colley
      Pages 13-32
    3. Steve Watson
      Pages 33-51
    4. Emma Waterton
      Pages 53-67
    5. Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan Barr, John Hurd
      Pages 69-88
    6. Adam B. Dickerson, Erika R. Ceeney
      Pages 89-104
  4. Ethics in Practice

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-219

About this book


It is widely acknowledged that all archaeological research is embedded within cultural, political and economic contexts, and that all archaeological research falls under the heading ‘heritage’. Most archaeologists now work in museums and other cultural institutions, government agencies, non-government organisations and private sector companies, and this diversity ensures that debates continue to proliferate about what constitutes appropriate professional ethics within these related and relevant contexts. 

Discussions about the ethics of cultural heritage in the 20th century focused on standards of professionalism, stewardship, responsibilities to stakeholders and on establishing public trust in the authenticity of the outcomes of the heritage process. This volume builds on recent approaches that move away from treating ethics as responsibilities to external domains and to the discipline, and which seek to ensure ethics are integral to all heritage theory, practice and methods. The chapters in this collection chart a departure from the tradition of external heritage ethics towards a broader approach underpinned by the turn to human rights, issues of social justice and the political economy of heritage, conceptualising ethical responsibilities not as pertaining to the past, but to a future-focused domain of social action.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tracy Ireland
    • 1
  • John Schofield
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CanberraBRUCEAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

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