A Proposed Revision of the Code of Ethics

 Submitted for Review and Approval

By the General Membership

of the

 Oklahoma Anthropological Society


Fall Meeting, November 2, 2013


Code of Ethics



Standing Rule 1.  Code of Ethics.  1.   Membership in the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (the Society) is open to any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that supports the aims and objectives of the Society.  In joining the Society, members agree to abide by the conditions of  comply with,any  applicable federal, state, or local, or Indian tribal local antiquities and/or historic preservation laws, . 


2.   The disregard for proper archeological field techniques; the willful destruction or distortion of archeological data; the willful violation of federal, state, or local antiquities and/or historic preservation applicable laws noted above; removal of artifacts from a dig site without proper approval of the senior archeologist; the collection of artifacts from private land without approval of the landowner; sale or trade of artifacts as a business with the primary purpose of commercial gain; and/or the unauthorized use of the Society’s name is censured a violation of this Code. and will provide grounds for the denial of membership application and/or expulsion from the Society by a two third majority vote of the Board of Directors.


3.   A possible violation of this Code will be investigated by the Ethics Committee, which will then report its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.  The affected person may appear before the Board to present facts and arguments pertinent to its review.  The Board may then by a 2/3 vote deny an application for membership in the Society or expel a member for violation of the Code, as the case may be.


4.   The Society has always welcomed those who have private artifact collections.  The collection and the collectors knowledge of its provenance, when known, have often proved invaluable to the aims of the Society and Oklahoma archeology when examined by a professional archeologist.  A member of the Society with a collection of artifacts is encouraged, but not required, to properly record and catalogue the collection for the advancement of archeology.  A member has control over the member’s lawful, private collection, of course, but is encouraged to donate or devise at death the collection to an institution involved in the long-term furtherance of archeology and anthropology.


5.   A member or applicant may request advice on a question under the Code as it concerns a proposed action or inaction by the requestor. The request will be submitted in writing to the chair of the Ethics Committee.  The Ethics Committee will then respond in writing with its opinion.