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By Alfredo González-Ruibal, Gabriel Moshenska

This quantity examines the precise and hugely frustrating moral questions surrounding clash archaeology. via bringing jointly refined analyses and pertinent case reports from around the globe it goals to deal with the issues dealing with archaeologists operating in parts of violent clash, previous and current. Of the entire contentious matters inside of archaeology and history, the examine of clash and paintings inside clash zones are unquestionably the main hugely charged and hotly debated, either inside of and outdoors the self-discipline. Ranging around the clash zones of the area previous and current, this e-book makes an attempt to elevate the extent of those usually fractious debates by way of finding them inside of moral frameworks. the problems and debates during this publication variety throughout a number moral versions, together with deontological, teleological and advantage ethics. The chapters tackle real-world moral conundrums that confront archaeologists in a variety of nations, together with Israel/Palestine, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Rwanda, Germany and Spain. all of them have in universal contemporary, irritating studies of warfare and dictatorship. The chapters offer rigorously argued, thought-provoking analyses and examples that would be of genuine sensible use to archaeologists in formulating and addressing moral dilemmas in a convinced and optimistic manner.

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But in the public eye they became an emblem of Israeli archaeology itself, placed at the very entrance to the Bronfman Archaeology Wing in the renovated Israel Museum. What part did the “kosher” excavations at Deir el-Balah play in the sanitization of the Dayan collection as a whole? What was the moral cost of playing along with the looters, and was there a better alternative than that which was followed? I was beginning to ask questions, but had few answers. Years passed, and with every new field project the questions multiplied: here a research design would be altered to accommodate the Christian agenda of the overseas participants; there the results would be phrased so as to make a government official happy.

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But in truth, such structures and voids, materialized in Silwan, are extant in collective memories and indeed in every individual mind. The physical entanglement of past and present might be this village’s particular misfortune, but it is also a compelling metaphor with broad implications. It is only after the present has been fully acknowledged that we may turn to the past-in-itself. Silwan can teach us something about the role of archaeology in conflict. The coupling of archaeology and of the use and abuse of the past in the course of national and ethnic conflicts has become so commonplace, that any other option is rarely considered.

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