Dealing with Antiquity: Case Studies and Methodological Considerations in the Ethical Engagement of Ancient Materials
How should those working in academia deal with ancient materials in a way that is ethically and morally sound? This is an ever-present issue behind the scenes of research across academic disciplines, and one growing ever more relevant in contemporary times. Often the evidence we draw on in researching antiquity does not reach us in a pure and unproblematic form, and we are faced with serious ethical quandaries in the process of research. Problems might occur when excavating or studying human remains, researching archaeological material excavated under difficult political circumstances, or in using manuscripts and other archaeological materials not obtained through modern controlled excavations, thus missing crucial contextual information.
In this issue of the Distant Worlds Journal, we welcome contributions that address these problems either from a methodological perspective or in the form of case studies. Some possible topics include: the utility of archaeological material obtained from illicit excavations (either politically illegal or looted); the engagement of scholars in the identification, appraisal, and publication of unprovenanced materials; the ethical issues of excavating graveyards or studying human remains; the antiquities market as ‘grey’ in character rather than legal or illegal; concepts of ownership in public and private collections; the problems in the appearance and detection of fakes and forgeries; and, the role of scholars as preservers of cultural heritage, especially in the aftermath of destruction.
If you are interested in publishing in this volume of the DWJ, please submit a paper to mailto:email@example.com by 19th September 2016. Contributions should be between 3000 and 6000 words, in English or in German. Information on the editorial guidelines and the review process are available on our website.http://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/dwj/index