The Normative Foundations of Stewardship: Care and Respect

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


This chapter will focus on what I consider a common thread in arguments and debates about heritage ethics: the notion of stewardship. Stewardship is usually understood as the very idea that archaeologists and heritage practitioners, by virtue of their training, can become custodians of the past and its knowledge on behalf of the public. What is striking about stewardship is its presumed status as a device which provides guidance for ethical dilemmas in archaeological and heritage practice. My claim is that we cannot grasp how stewardship delineates obligations for practitioners in the field, if we do not look for the source of these obligations, which I will argue can be traced in the ethical concepts of care and respect.


Ethical Dilemma Normative Character Archaeological Record Ethical Practice Moral Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Centre for the Ethics of Cultural HeritageDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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