Ethical & legal infos

What about ethical standards?

Dealing with skeletal remains, especially human, requires delicacy and high ethical standards.

« the question of how to deal with human skeletal remains in Belgium from an ethical standpoint is open and is poorly documented. Most archaeologists consciously treat the dead with respect and try to avoid offending religious or secular sensibilities when dealing with human remains. » (Quintelier et al. 2011, p. 57).


Quintelier K., Malevez A., Orban R., Toussaint M., Vandenbruaene and Geneviève Yernaux, 2011. Belgium/België/Belgique/Belgien. In. Márquez-Grant N. & Fibiger L., The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation. An international guide to laws and practice in the excavation and treatment of archaeological human remains, ed. Routledge: London: p. 47-60.

Quintelier et al 2011 legislation (1.93 MB)