Notes for a Code of Ethics for Australian archaeologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders heritage

23rd May 2014
Iain Davidson

Introduction*

At the annual conference of the Australian Archaeological Association  (AAA), held at the Wilderness Lodge, Burdekin Dam, outside Townsville in December 1990, there were discussions about the adoption of a Code of Ethics for Australian archaeologists working with Aboriginal heritage. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association it was decided that a decision on the Code of Ethics would be reached at the 1991 AGM to be held at the annual conference in Canberra.  AAA members were presented with some proposals by Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander people meeting at the AAA conference. These proposals started from the Code of Ethics adopted at the 1990 World Archaeological Congress (WAC) (see report by Johnston and Williams in this issue), and took the form of proposed amendments to that code. These proposals were then discussed at a session open to all participants at the conference. These discussions were conducted with a spirit of goodwill, and a recognition that it was the wish of archaeologists generally to add to knowledge of Aboriginal heritage by the unique methods of archaeology. In this light, a small group who had expressed a wide range of views at the open meeting, discussed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander amendments and made suggestions for alterations within their original spirit.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Davidson, I.
Notes for a Code of Ethics for Australian archaeologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders heritage
June 1991
32
61–64
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