A study of two historical sites shows different paths to protecting cultural heritage


image of archaeologists and students working under a protective canopy at the Çatalhöyük dig siteIn recent years, there has been a growing movement within archaeological circles to define historic sites by their links to the human rights of the indigenous populations. While this view has enjoyed much success within forensic archaeology, which uses field techniques to locate and recover victims of human rights abuses, it is questionable whether this approach is more successful at preserving the history of the site than a traditional approach of applying for protection from an international organization, like the United Nations, which protects the found objects at a site. In an article by Camille Brown published in the "The Human Experience", Professor Ian Hodder talks about his experience in two different archaeological sites and explains why it is difficult to come to a clear conclusion and generalize how good or bad the human rights approach in archaeology can be. Read article.