Is There a Crisis Facing British Burial Archaeology?

Sayer, Duncan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2769-1281 (2009) Is There a Crisis Facing British Burial Archaeology? Antiquity, 83 . pp. 184-194.

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2007 was an eventful year for the ethics of burial in Britain: the Science Museum returned the remains of Tasmanian Aborigines to their cultural home (Henderson 2007), the legal system governing the excavation of human remains was reinterpreted (Small 2008), The Guardian reported on the desire of neo-pagans to take ownership of human remains (Randerson 2007) and there was a debate in the museum literature on just this topic (see Restall Orr &
Bienkowski 2006 and Smith & Mays 2007). In light of these changes and debates it may be unsurprising to learn that many British archaeologists feel that it is ‘getting more difficultto work with human remains’.

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