Archaeological Ethics

Professional archaeologists live by codes of responsibility or ethics that guide all their professional activities. Professional archaeologists are expected to do the following:

  • Promote the stewardship of archaeological remains for the interests of the entire community
  • Interact with all groups affected by their research
  • Avoid the commercialization of archaeological objects/remains
  • Never conduct research without appropriate training, experience and facilities
  • Publish their discoveries in forms accessible and understandable by both the scientific and public community
  • Educate the public about archaeological research, findings and interpretations in order to enhance their understanding of the human past
  • Curate collections, records and reports in a protected repository for future generations and make them accessible to other professional archaeologists for comparative research