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Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence

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  • Includes specific case studies to help the researcher and student to identify and clarify the links between abstract ethical values and the painfully real ethical dilemmas that archaeologists are forced to confront in conflict zones

  • Covers a number of issues that have captured media attention in recent years, including the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, the entanglement of heritage and conflict in Israel, Palestine and the ancient Yugoslavia

  • Addresses the subjectivity of ethics in conflict archaeology by utilizing "debate" formats in several of the chapters

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

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: The Only Way is Ethics

    • Gabriel Moshenska, Alfredo González-Ruibal
    Pages 1-17
  3. All Our Findings Are Under Their Boots! The Monologue of Violence in Iranian Archaeology

    • Maryam Dezhamkhooy, Leila Papoli Yazdi, Omran Garazhian
    Pages 51-70
  4. Ethics, Archaeology, and Civil Conflict: The Case of Spain

    • Alfredo González-Ruibal, Xurxo Ayán Vila, Rachel Caesar
    Pages 113-136
  5. A Gate to a Darker World: Excavating at the Tempelhof Airport

    • 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.

Keywords

  • 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

  • Institute of Heritage Laboratory, Spanish National Research Council, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Alfredo González-Ruibal

  • University College, London, London, United Kingdom

    Gabriel Moshenska

About the editors

Gabriel Moshenska is Lecturer in Public Archaeology at UCL, where he coordinates the MA in Public Archaeology and teaches the archaeology of modern conflict.  He has a PhD in the archaeology, material culture and memory of the Second World War.  His research interests are wide-ranging in the extreme.  He has published studies of children and material culture; the history of Egyptian mummy unwrappings in nineteenth century Britain; Mortimer Wheeler’s philosophy and practice of public archaeology; gas masks; archaeological ghost stories; air warfare and commemoration; the ethics of burial archaeology; Rudyard Kipling; the economics of archaeology; the archaeology of internment and imprisonment; alternative or ‘fringe’ archaeologies; ‘absent’ heritage; community archaeology; cultural memory; the archaeology of air raid shelters; and the contested reception of Milton’s theological writings in the early nineteenth century.  He is currently working on a biography of the surgeon and antiquarian Thomas Joseph Pettigrew. 

Alfredo González-Ruibal is a staff scientist at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He holds a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the Complutense University of Madrid. His research focuses on the archaeology of the contemporary past and material culture. He has traced the destructive operations of modernity (war, dictatorship, colonialism and predatory capitalism) through the archaeological record in Spain, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Brazil. He has also investigated the role of material culture in resisting modernity and the state.  An outcome of this latter work is An archaeology of resistance: time and materiality in an African borderland (forthcoming), based on a long-running project in Ethiopia. His research on the contemporary past has been published in major journals (Current Anthropology, Antiquity, World Archaeology). He has recently completed a project on the archaeological remains of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. He is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology (Equinox Press) and of the volume Reclaiming Archaeology: Beyond the tropes of modernity (Routledge, 2013).

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eBook
USD 64.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-4939-1643-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)