Durham University has established the first ever UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage. Through it, the University will seek to develop debates, policies and toolkits to evaluate the economic, ethical and social impacts of cultural heritage, strengthen its protection in crisis and conflict situations, and prevent its use to exacerbate differences and tensions. Durham’s Professor of Archaeology and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Robin Coningham, has been appointed as the UNESCO Chairholder.
Durham also hosts the Centre for Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH), an innovative centre promoting research into the philosophical, anthropological, legal and ethical components of archaeological practice and cultural heritage management. The Chair will work with and enhance the work of CECH, furthering this focus of interdisciplinary collaboration and debate.
Durham establishes its first UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage ba.nr Nov 7, 2014