Assignment for 11/09
Ethics and Mortuary archaeology

After doing the reading in the Text and on B-courses, please discuss in writing the potential advantages and disadvantages of excavating and studying the material from burials. Be prepared to discuss these issues in seminar.

Think about the state of preservation of objects in this context, the reflections of culture and society in burial customs and cemetery organization, not to mention the scientific analysis of skeletal material, etc.

At the same time though, ethically and morally what are the difficulties of working with this material? When and where should we draw the line as to which burials are "disturbed" and which are "excavated"?

Who should make these judgments/decisions?

syllabus 11/02/16