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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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April 24th 2013:Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in 21st Century Archaeology

Applied archaeology in the past two decades has placed archaeologists in real-world situations. Formerly, the primary ethical issues confronting the field involved looting, repatriation of artifacts, and irregularities in the antiquities trade. However, there are new ethical dilemmas that have arisen, a still emerging preservation ethic, heritage management programs, and controversial military conflicts that endanger archaeological resources. Should we proceed working for developers and corporations whose economic aims may conflict with regulatory protocols? Should archaeologists cooperate wit

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Peter Stone

Peter Stone is Head of School of Arts and Cultures and Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Center for Culture and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University. In 2003 he worked as adviser to the Ministry of Defense regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage of Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. Peter has worked extensively overseas and advised UNESCO on the development of the World Heritage Education Program and helped draft the World Heritage in Young Hands kit. He has published widely on heritage manageme
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Dru McGill

Dru McGill is a PhD candidate in the Indiana University Department of Anthropology and Associate Faculty at Indiana University South Bend. His recent research focuses on late-prehistoric peoples of the American Midwest and social-context archaeology, with special foci in cultural property law and archaeological ethics. He is a former 6-year member of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Committee on Ethics where he acted as an organizer of the SAA Ethics Bowl. He is co-author of the book “Ethics in Action: Case Studies in Archaeological Dilemmas” (2008). He is currently a member of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) Committee on Ethics and was recently elected Treasurer of WAC.
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