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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation

An international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains

Edited by: Nicholas Márquez-Grant , Linda Fibiger

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415588577
eBook ISBN: 9780203838716
Adobe ISBN: 9781136879562

10.4324/9780203838716
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Book description

Methodologies and legislative frameworks regarding the archaeological excavation, retrieval, analysis, curation and potential reburial of human skeletal remains differ throughout the world. As work forces have become increasingly mobile and international research collaborations are steadily increasing, the need for a more comprehensive understanding of different national research traditions, methodologies and legislative structures within the academic and commercial sector of physical anthropology has arisen. The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation provides comprehensive information on the excavation of archaeological human remains and the law through 62 individual country contributions from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australasia.

More specifically, the volume discusses the following:

  • What is the current situation (including a brief history) of physical anthropology in the country?
  • What happens on discovering human remains (who is notified, etc.)?
  • What is the current legislation regarding the excavation of archaeological human skeletal remains? Is a license needed to excavate human remains? Is there any specific legislation regarding excavation in churchyards? Any specific legislation regarding war graves?
  • Are physical anthropologists involved in the excavation process?
  • Where is the cut-off point between forensic and archaeological human remains (e.g. 100 years, 50 years, 25 years…)?
  • Can human remains be transported abroad for research purposes?
  • What methods of anthropological analysis are mostly used in the country? Are there any methods created in that country which are population-specific?
  • Are there particular ethical issues that need to be considered when excavating human remains, such as religious groups or tribal groups?

In addition, an overview of landmark anthropological studies and important collections are provided where appropriate.

The entries are contained by an introductory chapter by the editors which establish the objectives and structure of the book, setting it within a wider archaeological framework, and a conclusion which explores the current European and world-wide trends and perspectives in the study of archaeological human remains. The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation makes a timely, much-needed contribution to the field of physical anthropology and is unique as it combines information on the excavation of human remains and the legislation that guides it, alongside information on the current state of physical anthropology across several continents. It is an indispensible tool for archaeologists involved in the excavation of human remains around the world.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Albania/Shqipëria Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Andorra Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Armenia/Hayastan Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Azerbaijan/AzƏrbaycan Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Belarus/БEЛAPУCЬ Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Belgium/België/Belgique/Belgien Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Bosnia and Herzegovina/Bosna i Hercegovina Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Bulgaria/БЪЛГАРИЯ Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Croatia/Hrvatska Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Cyprus/KYΠPOΣ/Kibris Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Czech Republic/Česká republika Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Denmark/Danmark Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Finland/Suomi Download PDF
Chapter  14:  France Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Germany/Deutschland Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Greece/ΕΛΛΑΔΑ Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Hungary/Magyar Köztársaság Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Iceland/Ísland Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Ireland/Éire Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Italy/Italia Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Kosovo/Kosova Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Lithuania/Lietuva Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Luxembourg Download PDF
Chapter  24:  FYRO Macedonia/Makedonija Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Malta Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Moldova Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Monaco Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Montenegro/Crnq Gora Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Netherlands/Nederland Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Norway/Norge Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Poland/Polska Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Portugal Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Romania/România Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Russia/РОССИЯ Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Serbia/Srbija Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Slovakia/Slovenská Republika Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Slovenia/Republika Slovenija Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Spain/España Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Sweden/Sverige Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Turkey/Türkiye Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Ukraine/YKPAÏHA Download PDF
Chapter  42:  The United Kingdom Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Egypt/Misr Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Republic of South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Sudan/ﺍ ﻟ ﺴ ﻮ ﺩ ﺍ ﻥ Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Canada Download PDF
Chapter  47:  United States of America Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Mexico/México Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Guatemala Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Puerto Rico/Borikén/Porto Rico Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Argentina Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Brazil/Brasil Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Chile Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Uruguay Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Israel/ישראל Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Thailand/ประเทศไทย Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Australia Download PDF
Chapter  58:  New Zealand/Aotearoa Download PDF
Chapter  59:  Vanuatu Download PDF
Chapter  60:  Antarctica Download PDF
Concluding_Remarks Download PDF
Appendix_2 Download PDF
Appendix_4 Download PDF
Appendix_1 Download PDF
Appendix_3 Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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