|St. Croix Archaeological Society Inc.
Code of Ethics.
The St. Croix Archaeological Society Inc. sets forth and its members shall adhere to this
Code of Ethics as part of their membership in the Society. Failure to do so by a member
may result in termination of membership.
1) Archaeology, by its nature, destroys sites and the knowledge contained in them. This
knowledge is far more valuable than artifacts by themselves. Therefore, the primary
goal shall be to preserve in situ as much as possible.
2) Excavations shall be carried out to the highest archaeological standards, including a
good reason for the excavation, a well thought out plan to recover as much information
as possible, proper curation of all recovered materials and dissemination of the
3) All excavations will be conducted under the guidance of an experienced
4) The Society will not authenticate, appraise, buy or sell artifacts. The value of artifacts
lies in what they and their context can tell us about people who can no longer speak.
The Society may sell properly marked reproductions.
5) During excavations other peoples’ beliefs shall be respected.
6) All applicable laws, rules and regulations shall be followed at all times.
7) No member of the Society shall use his/her membership as a platform to advance
his/her views on any matter. No member of the Society shall use the Society for
personal advantage or gain.
Adopted 10 July 2001
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