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The SAA Committee on Ethics has put together a series of webpages to encourage discussion of ethical issues and to promote ethics education in archaeological training.

To suggest a link, or for questions, contact saaethicsbowl@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: The content of these webpages and links does not represent the SAA or its members. These webpages are intended to be educational and to foster dialogue about archaeological ethics.

Electronic Resources for Archaeological Ethics

Below are links to interesting websites that examine issues of archaeological and professional ethics.

Association for Practical and Applied Ethics

Indiana University


AAA Ethics Homepage

Links to resources for anthropological ethics and codes of other social science professions


Carter McNamara's (1999) Complete Guide to Ethics Management: An Ethics Toolkit for Managers

Issued under the auspices of The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits; various formal methods for identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas developed for business ethics.


Centre for Applied Ethics

The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia includes links to corporate codes of ethics online and to other applied ethics resources on the Internet.


The Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest

Center at Indiana University, associated with the Archaeology and Social Context PhD track in the IU Anthropology Department.


Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP)

“The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) was established in 1976 to promote research and teaching on practical moral problems in the professions.”


CODEX List of professional codes of ethics www.museum-security.org/artifacts-saz.htm


Culture Without Context

Publication of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research


Electronic Bibliography on Archaeology, Antiquities, Theft, and Looting

Jonathan Sazonoff


Ethics in Anthropology

A solid list with web links of professional codes of ethics and conduct, related information, case studies, a very comprehensive and interesting section on issues and controversies and additional resources put together by Sharon Stoerger, MLS, MBA


Florida Public Archaeology Network

This network of public archaeology centers around Florida hopes to stem the destruction of archaeological sites and increase public interest in archaeology by participating in public outreach and assisting local governments.


Illicit Antiquities Research Centre

A project of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research


A Line in the Sand

Cultural and intellectual property issues and ethics comprise one large section of this website.


The Looting Question Bibliography

Web and Literary Resources on the Archaeological Politics of Private Collecting, Commercial Treasure Hunting, Looting, and “Professional” Archaeology, by Hugh Jarvis


Network of Applied Anthropologists

This Web site provides an introduction to various resources provided by the Network of Applied Anthropologists. These resources include analyses of ethical dilemmas and sample case studies, similar to those used in the SAA Ethics Bowl.


Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

The Web site discusses the best practices for sensitive and effective management and curation of Native American materials. There are also links to laws and ethical codes, endorsements, resources, and the First Archivists Circle.


Public Archaeology in the United States: A Timeline

Provided by the National Parks Service, this timeline includes a history of public archaeology in the U.S., including an excellent bibliography and “links” section.


Saving Antiquities for Everyone

SAFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage worldwide


Sources of Information on Antiquities Theft

Laura Pope Robbins, MLS



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