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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 56. It is ethical to dig in contested areas?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27905


Archaeological excavations in contested areas inform the political and social narratives that shape the identities of its residents. Archaeology cannot be divorced from the political conflict. Participation in excavations should take into account international law and the broader political implications of excavations that contribute to the narrative of only one side of the conflict.

Chapter Contributors

  • Laura Wright ( - lwright) 'Luther College'