Heritage Council


Human Remains in Archaeology (2003)

This publication sets out the main issues - scientific, legal and ethical - involved in the excavation and treatment of ancient human remains and arrives at some conclusions about best practice in this aspect of Irish archaeology. The publication is based upon a report drawn from a major study on all aspects of human remains in Irish archaeology, which was commissioned by the Heritage Council at the request of the National Museum of Ireland, in March 1999. The study was conducted by Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD) with members of the Law Department, National University of Ireland, Cork College and published in 2002 by the Heritage Council.

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