Ethical issues of bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia

Halcrow, Sian E., Crozier, Rebecca, Domett, Kate M., Lertcharnrit, Thanik, Newton, Jennifer S., Shewan, Louise, and Ward, Stacey M. (2019) Ethical issues of bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia. In: Squires, Kirsty, Errickson, David, and Marquez-Grant, Nicholas, (eds.) Ethical Approaches to Human Remains: a global challenge in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 465-484.

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Since the 1990s there has been an increase in bioarchaeological research in many parts of Southeast Asia by both locals and non-locals. Southeast Asian countries are characterised by varied social, cultural and political histories, but there are also some broad similarities in terms of poor economic development that limits much local research, and strong nationalism and rigid bureaucratic procedures for research. All have implications for non-local and local bioarchaeological research. Despite the growth in bioarchaeological research, the ethics of the practice of bioarchaeology in this region remain relatively underexplored. This chapter presents some of the main ethical issues of research with human remains in the region focusing on the countries of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines, from a non-local and local researcher viewpoint. We review a range of ethical issues, including the varied way different cultures respond to bioarchaeological work, local-non-local partnership in research, community archaeology, bioarchaeological methods including post-excavation management, and looting of archaeological sites. With the recent development of local expertise in bioarchaeology in the region, the repatriation of skeletal samples to Thailand, the increase in local training, and partnerships between local and non-local bioarchaeologists, there is much promise for the further development of local research in the field.

Item ID: 62238
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-32925-9
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
Funders: Marsden Fund, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 01:58
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440103 Biological (physical) anthropology @ 80%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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