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¨Serious Enquiries Only, Please¨: Ethical Issues in the Online Human            Remains Trade
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. (Osteoarchaeology Research Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4027-1772
2018 (English)In: Ethical Challenges in the Analysis of Human Remains / [ed] Marquez-Grant N. and Squires K., London: Springer, 2018, 1stChapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a thriving private commercial trade in anatomical, ethnographic and archaeological human remains that make ready use of new social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, and until recently, eBay. This practice has deep Colonial-era roots, though the ongoing proliferation of e-commerce and social media has only expanded the reach and influence of collectors and dealers and their sense of community cohesion. In this chapter, we discuss a variety of ethical issues underlying this trade that speak to what the community values, how they operate, interrelate and interact with the scientific community. We ultimately seek to argue that participants in the trade engage with or ignore these complicating factors at their own risk, despite the ownership of human remains being legal in many jurisdictions once one’s purchase has arrived.

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London: Springer, 2018, 1st.
Keywords [en]
Ethics, human remains, antiquities trafficking, bioarchaeology
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Archaeology
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Archaeology; Osteoarchaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149682DiVA, id: diva2:1163899
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Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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