On the Ontology of Archaeology
Keywords:archaeology, archaeologist, ontology, communities of practice, sociology of archaeology
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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