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The politics of human remains in managing archaeological medieval Jewish burial grounds in Europe
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3353-8969
2014 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, Vol. 17, no 2, 168-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The archaeology of Jewish Medieval burial grounds has been a matter of dispute over the non-disturbance of Jewish human remains by Ultraorthodox Jewish groups. They call for the application of the Halakha, the Jewish religious law, claiming that those graves are of people of Jewish faith. The topic of non-disturbance of human remains by archaeologists may echoes the disputes, claims, and arguments defended by indigenous communities. But I will argue here that the two cases show little resemblance since neither are Jewish people uniquely indigenous in the European context, nor do religious laws govern the management of medieval heritage in Europe. Accordingly, the topic under discussion has little relation to religious claims to ancient heritage nor to the ethics of archaeological practice in relation to human remains, but to the politics of archaeological practice in the contemporary multireligious world. The article seeks to provide a full picture of discussion on the issue of the management of ancient burial grounds in Europe, raising sensitive issues regarding particular religious communities. Here the recommendation given by the Faro Convention will be introduced, but also its limitations discussed when mediating with particular communities and their religious agendas.

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Borås: Högskolan i Borås , 2014. Vol. 17, no 2, 168-186 p.
Keyword [en]
Archaeological heritage management, Human remains, Heritage community, Faro Convention, Jewish burial grounds, Politics of religious communities, Ultraorthodox
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40389OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-40389DiVA: diva2:790514
Available from: 2015-02-24 Created: 2015-02-24 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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