Some deontological home truths in archaeology

23rd January 2014

Robert G. Bednarik


Encouraged by the editors’ invitation to respond to McKay’s provocative comment concerning the proposal to adopt the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) code of ethics in the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA), I offer the following for consideration. I am not concerned with taking sides in the debate, nor will I comment on the WAC code itself. My response is purely to McKay, and it addresses mainly the epistemic and deontological merits of his arguments. If my observations are also relevant to the WAC code, and to a range of other issues—which is quite probable—it may be useful to review these issues accordingly.

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

Bednarik, R.G.
Some deontological home truths in archaeology
December 1994
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