Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence

  • Alfredo González-Ruibal
  • Gabriel Moshenska

Part of the Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice book series (ETHARCHAEOL, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gabriel Moshenska, Alfredo González-Ruibal
    Pages 1-17
  3. Maryam Dezhamkhooy, Leila Papoli Yazdi, Omran Garazhian
    Pages 51-70
  4. Alfredo González-Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán Vila, Rachel Caesar
    Pages 113-136
  5. Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck
    Pages 137-152
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-243

About this book


This volume examines the distinctive and highly problematic ethical questions surrounding conflict archaeology. By bringing together sophisticated analyses and pertinent case studies from around the world it aims to address the problems facing archaeologists working in areas of violent conflict, past and present. Of all the contentious issues within archaeology and heritage, the study of conflict and work within conflict zones are undoubtedly the most highly charged and hotly debated, both within and outside the discipline. Ranging across the conflict zones of the world past and present, this book attempts to raise the level of these often fractious debates by locating them within ethical frameworks. The issues and debates in this book range across a range of ethical models, including deontological, teleological and virtue ethics. The chapters address real-world ethical conundrums that confront archaeologists in a diversity of countries, including Israel/Palestine, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Rwanda, Germany and Spain. They all have in common recent, traumatic experiences of war and dictatorship. The chapters provide carefully argued, thought-provoking analyses and examples that will be of real practical use to archaeologists in formulating and addressing ethical dilemmas in a confident and constructive manner.


archaeology and conflict and the Middle East archaeology, violence, and ethics conflict archaeology and ethics conflict archaeology and politics conflict archaeology in Yugoslavia conflict zones and archaeology cultural heritage crime and ethics heritage of conflict zones illegal trade in antiquities in conflict zones refugee archaeologists

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfredo González-Ruibal
    • 1
  • Gabriel Moshenska
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Heritage LaboratorySpanish National Research CouncilSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.University College, LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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