The ethics of ownership : Indigenous cultural property rights and the practice of archaeology

Woolford, Nathan (2003). The ethics of ownership : Indigenous cultural property rights and the practice of archaeology Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Woolford, Nathan
Thesis Title The ethics of ownership : Indigenous cultural property rights and the practice of archaeology
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Ian Lilley
Annie Ross
Total pages 96
Language eng
Subjects L
390110 Indigenous Law
420300 Cultural Studies
Formatted abstract

Archaeologists have taken a prominent role in the debate over Indigenous cultural property rights. While Indigenous people have asserted their right to control their cultural heritage some archaeologists have opposed it. World heritage, national heritage, science and antiquity have all been called upon by some archaeologists to support their stance against indigenous cultural property rights. I explore the historical and theoretical contexts of this debate and draw on two case studies to highlight the issues and explore the arguments involved. The literature surrounding the return of the Kow Swamp Remains and a large collection of archival material concerning the Burnett River Engravings constitute the focus of this thesis. I conclude that there are no grounds on which to oppose the complete and legal recognition of Indigenous cultural property rights.

Keyword Indigenous culture
property rights

 
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