International Standardization of Fieldwork Payments

  • S. Matthew LitteralEmail author
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Archaeologists, as employers, engage in a capitalistic system. It is the archaeologist’s ethical obligation to negotiate this system responsibly, in a manner informed by anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives. An international committee of archaeologists should establish a standard for fieldworker payment, in order to prevent social injustice and the exploitation of peripheral communities.


As archaeological research moves forward in a post-globalized age, the standardization of fieldworker payment has become a more pressing issue of social justice (Linde 2012). Modern communities do not exist in an economic vacuum; rather, they are participants in the global marketplace. Failing to pay locally sourced workers in economically marginalized countries, a standardized international rate perpetuates the structural inequalities inherent in a colonial capitalistic system. Archaeologists, having a unique perspective and understanding of these global systems...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Uzma Z. Rizvi
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  1. 1.Brooklyn CampusPratt InstituteBrooklynUSA