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Should I stay or should I go? Ideals and realities of archaeology in the conflict regions

Apaydin, V; Hassett, B; (2018) Should I stay or should I go? Ideals and realities of archaeology in the conflict regions. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage 10.1080/20518196.2018.1549821. (In press).

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Abstract

Through the Ilısu Dam Rescue Archaeology Project, we explore ethical and practical aspects of rescue archaeology in contested territory and areas of conflict, at the mound sites of Başur Höyük and Çattepe in Siirt Province, Turkey. We are excavating the sites ahead of the Ilısu Dam’s construction, a controversial project that the state supports but that others contest. One of the most important characteristics of these heritage sites is their significance for local community identity construction. These places have also witnessed conflict between the state and Kurdish separatists. The project is administered under overlapping hierarchies, which may have different, even competing interests. These manifest in conflicts between ‘top-down’ approaches to rescue archaeology, and an effective public engagement strategy. We discuss how the project can be a positive force, given the impending destruction through dam construction and the location in the middle of an armed conflict; and when it cannot.

Type: Article
Title: Should I stay or should I go? Ideals and realities of archaeology in the conflict regions
DOI: 10.1080/20518196.2018.1549821
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/20518196.2018.1549821
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Archaeology, heritage, conflict, ethics, public engagement
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064961
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