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Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage

Dr Chris Caple

Chris Caple
Chris Caple is an excavating archaeologist (34 years), archaeological conservator (32 years) and lecturer in archaeological conservation (20years) ethical considerations concerning the ownership, excavation, cleaning and treatment of archaeological and historic artefacts have always been part of my working life.  In his book Conservation Skills, Judgement Method and Decision Making, (1999) he expounded a holistic approach the subject of conservation in which ethics are an integral part of the role of the practising conservator.  His interest lies in the way in which the ability to make ethical judgements are developed in young professionals, and is concerned that ethics are becoming treated like ‘special needs kids' which require separate forms, separate conferences, separate publications, separate specialists and are ‘the response' to pressure groups.  Ethical considerations need to be integrated into the practice of every working professional, though the promotion of a holistic approach to the subject.  This holistic approach is developed in his recently written section on the ‘Aims of Conservation' in the book Principle of Conservation (edited by Richmond & Braker) - due to be published this summer.

 

Chris Caple's Departmental Page