P200 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

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Essay 4: Who owns the Past?
Due in class on April 10

In class we will watch a video portraying an important issue in American archaeology: the development of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and its impact on the future of how archaeologists need to work in a public arena. Different aspects of this issue, and the question of the ethical responsibility of archaeological researchers are also discussed in you Annual Editions Reader, chapters 11, 34 and 40. (In addition, there are South American examples we will look at later in the semester in chapters 38 and 39 that you may want to look at now).

This assignment option gives you the opportunity to dig into this current controversy in more depth. Three steps:


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