Case Study Of Crawford's Ethical Dilemma
To sell the artifacts that Crawford found is ethically wrong since it gives the artifacts a monetary value. When artifacts get a monetary value, it promotes looting of archaeological sites. If looting rises, archaeological sites will be damages and destroyed. This will produce minimal cultural …show more content…
Breaking this ethics code may result in looters destroying known and unknown archaeological sites from this tribe so that they may find other undiscovered figurines and artifacts.
Sir Collier could potentially put the tribe in danger from thieves, if he purchases the figurines and returns them to the tribe. Since the figurines has a large monetary value, thieves will go out of their way to steal something valuable so that they may profit from it by reselling it on the black market. These thieves may also harm the tribe if the tribe refuses to give up the figurines.
Although many people may have good intentions, the outcome may have negative consequences that we did not imagine. We should patiently think it through as well as consult others so that we may avoid these negative consequences. Sir Collier should not buy the artifacts and return them to the …show more content…
Archaeological looters may target these sites and destroy them for their valuable artifacts. Removing these artifacts and destroying the sites would not allow archaeologist to get a good idea of the site such as how it was used and what items were used at the site. Some looting may be accidental. An example of this is a traveler who wants to remember the serenity of the site by taking a small piece of pottery. With every small piece taken by other fellow travelers who have visited the site, this can accumulate to a large portion of the site being looted.
Although the archaeological geocaching was meant for sightseeing and an outdoor activity, the unintended consequences of their actions can destroy the site. We must somehow be able to do both: allow the activities of archaeological geocaching and preserving the sites and artifacts of our ancestors. Robert would be helping archaeologist by attempting to shut down the archaeological