Code of Ethics

Principle No. 1: Stewardship

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that all archaeological resources (i.e., materials and sites, archaeological collections, records and reports) should and must be the responsibility of all archaeologists. This responsibility aims at achieving a long-term conservation and protection of the archaeological record through the inexhaustible promotion and practice of a culture of stewardship. Thus, the archaeologist is always a steward of all archaeological resources. And thus,

Principle No. 2: Accountability

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that responsible archaeological work involves accountability to the public and the community of archaeologists. This accountability involves faithfulness in exhausting all possible means that are legal, culturally acceptable in the Philippine setting, and honest to consult and/or work with all involved sectors in an archaeological undertaking. These undertakings of accountable archaeologists and collaborators and/or benefactors must and should be beneficial to all involved in the undertaking, as well as, and especially, the Filipino public at large. And thus,

Principle No. 3: Commercialization of Data, Artifacts, and the Practice of Archaeology

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that the commercialization of artifacts from archaeological sites, as when these objects are sold for profit or exploited for personal enjoyment, poses a threat to the preservation of archaeological sites, artifacts, and all other associated components vital to understanding the archaeological record situated within the jurisdiction of the Philippines. Thus, the archaeologists must and should always avoid acts that promote the commercialization of artifacts and sites, contrary to law and the spirit of this document. In presenting the archaeological data for the benefit of public knowledge, the archaeologist must and should also always consider the risk of turning these archaeological resources into exploitable commodities. Therefore,

Principle No. 4: Public Education and Outreach

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas, Inc. (KAPI) recognizes that to preserve archaeological resources and develop the field of Philippine archaeology, archaeologists must and should develop a responsible attitude towards educating the public, building networks that engage the public who is interested in archaeology, and supporting efforts for public education and outreach. Linkages include those students and teachers wishing to learn; ethnic, religious and sectoral groups that have a special regard for cultural heritage; law makers and government officials, who have the power to create and implement policies affecting the nation's archaeological resources; the media, who have the means to disseminate and popularize information; and the general public. Cooperative efforts must and should be directed towards: (1) public participation in the stewardship of the country's archaeological resources; (2) highlighting the role and ways of archaeology in gaining understanding and appreciation of Philippine society and culture; and (3) producing valid interpretations from rigid studies, testing, and discourse of the Filipino past through archaeology. Thus,

Principle No. 5: Intellectual Property

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that all information and data gathered from archaeological undertakings must and should never be confined to individual ownership or personal possession but must and should always be made available to other researchers interested in knowing the materials and documents produced by archaeological undertakings. The archaeologist must and should always make such data as unpublished records and documents available only on the premise of a valid objective that does not carry any legal impediments. Thus,

Principle No. 6: Public Reporting and Publication

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that an archaeologist has a responsibility to present, through appropriate means such as publications and reports at professional meetings, substantive knowledge gained from archaeological investigations, including advancements in theory and method, to different audiences within a realistic time frame. The archaeologist must and should always store all research data, documents and materials in a properly equipped, safe, and secure facility. In this respect, the archaeologists must and should always consider the importance of preserving and protecting archaeological sites when disclosing and disseminating information about their nature and location. Thus,

Principle No. 7: Records and Preservation

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that the archaeologist must and should always work for the preservation and conservation of archaeological materials, data, records, and reports. This preservation and conservation involve the long-term access of all these. Therefore, the archaeologist must and should always encourage the responsible and careful use and/or contact with archaeological materials among other archaeologists, students of archaeology, researchers, and anyone who is in close contact with archaeological institutions, materials, undertakings, and the like. This preservation and conservation of such must and should always be practiced, especially in situations where it is concerned with the in situ archaeological record, and beyond which this in situ record was removed and incorporated into archaeological collections, records, and reports. As such, minimal standards during the conduct of archaeological undertakings must and should be met like:

Principle No. 8: Training and Resources

The Katipunan Arkeologist ng Pilipinas (KAPI) recognizes that archaeologists must and should have proper education, training, experience, facilities and other support necessary to conduct any program of research they initiate in a manner consistent with the foregoing principles and contemporary standards of the professional practice of archaeology. They should consistently assess their qualifications for the demands of the project and minimize inadequacies by acquiring additional expertise by bringing in associates with the proper qualifications, or by modifying the scope of the project.