8. Minorities and sororities
- Paul Bahn
Since the 1970s, archaeologists (and anthropologists) have been faced with false accusations of racism, Eurocentrism, neocolonialism, grave-robbing, and male chauvinism. The archaeologist's right to dig was being questioned. The increased political power of native populations over the last few decades has led to their questioning the misdeeds carried out during the colonial period, which includes sacred or burial sites being desecrated by archaeologists. ‘Minorities and sororities’ states that the likely future should see a mixture of acquiescence, negotiation, compromise, and the involvement of native people during an investigation. Mutual respect and co-operation appear to be well established now.