Archaeologists and War
Yannis Hamilakis (Chair)
The aim of this Taskforce is to investigate the role of
archaeologists in situations of armed conflict around the world, and explore
the ethical dilemmas and the social and political consequences and effects
arising from that involvement. More specifically this Taskforce will investigate
the following questions:
1) Should WAC members and archaeologists in general collaborate
with the military in situations of armed conflict, especially when international
law is being violated?
2) Does the need to rescue archaeological monuments, sites
and artefacts in situations of armed conflict, override any other concern
and responsibility for archaeologists?
3) Is our primary ethical responsibility in these cases
to rescue the archaeological monuments and sites, and how can we reconcile
that responsibility with the ethical concern over the legality and morality
of the conflict, and its effects on the present and future of the people
As its starting point, this Taskforce will explore these
questions by looking at archaeological involvement in two current cases,
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the pre-emptive invasion and occupation
of Iraq by the current USA and UK administrations and their allies.