Authored by: Siân Halcrow , Nancy Tayles , Natthamon Pureepatpong , Korakot Boonlop

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415588577
eBook ISBN: 9780203838716
Adobe ISBN: 9781136879562


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Over the past few decades Thailand has been in a development phase of archaeological and bioarchaeological research, with most of the legislation focused on circumventing the looting of cultural heritage and the illicit trading of cultural artefacts. There is no legislation relating specifically to archaeological human remains. National cultural policy in Thailand is designed to give power to and aid professional development of the local researchers in archaeology, such as through the mandatory co-directorship of all foreign research projects with Thai researchers, and the retention of excavated skeletal collections in Thailand. Ethical issues of dealing with human skeletal remains relate to Thai Buddhist beliefs and ritual.

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