• The Freedom of Archaeological Research: Archaeological Heritage Protection and Civil Rights in Austria (and Beyond)

    Author(s):
    Raimund Karl (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Academic freedom, Archaeology, Austria, Civil rights, European studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M60M3G
    Abstract:
    Archaeologists like to think that heritage protection laws serve the purpose to protect all archaeology from damage. Thus, provisions like that of § 11 (1) Austrian Denkmalschutzgesetz or Art. 3 i-ii of the Valetta convention are interpreted as a blanket ban on archaeological fieldwork ‘unauthorised’ by national heritage agencies, and a general prohibition against archaeological field research by non-professionals. The Austrian National Heritage Agency, the Bundesdenkmalamt, interprets the Austrian law in this way. Using the Austrian example as a case study, this paper demonstrates that this interpretation must be wrong, since if it were true, it would revoke a fundamental civil right enshrined both in the Austrian constitution and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: the unconditional freedom of research, which applies to archaeological field research as to any other kind of academic research, and extends equally to every citizen.
    Notes:
    Pre-print manuscript, published in Public Archaeology 16/1, 2017, 1-17.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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