On the Ontology of Archaeology

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  • Lawrence E. Moore Independent Researcher

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i2.28313

Keywords:

archaeology, archaeologist, ontology, communities of practice, sociology of archaeology

Abstract

Being an archaeologist requires social legitimization and acceptance within a community of archaeological practice. The term “archaeologist” is unsettled at an abstract level but is well defined in local contexts. A sociological definition is offered for "archaeologist" that is based upon a philosophical understanding of "archaeology." Archaeology has qualities that make it special and only those willing to advance through accepted legitimating processes achieve the title "archaeologist." Thus, not everyone should be an archaeologist.

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Author Biography

Lawrence E. Moore, Independent Researcher

Lawrence Moore has been an archaeologist for several federal and local agencies in the United States.

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Published

2016-01-12

How to Cite

Moore, L. E. (2016). On the Ontology of Archaeology. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(2), 225–229. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.v2i2.28313

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