Archaeological knowledge production and global communities: boundaries and structure of the field

Rimvydas Laužikas, Costis Dallas, Suzie Thomas, Ingrida Kelpšienė, Isto Huvila, Pedro Luengo, Helena Nobre, Marina Toumpouri, Vykintas Vaitkevičius

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Abstract

Archaeology and material cultural heritage enjoys a particular status as a form of heritage that, capturing the public imagination, has become the locus for the expression and negotiation of regional, national, and intra-national cultural identities. One important question is: why and how do contemporary people engage with archaeological heritage objects, artefacts, information or knowledge outside the realm of an professional, academically-based archaeology? This question is investigated here from the perspective of theoretical considerations based on Yuri Lotman's semiosphere theory, which helps to describe the connections between the centre and peripheries of professional archaeology as sign structures. The centre may be defined according to prevalent scientific paradigms, while periphery in the space of creolisation in which, through interactions with other culturally more distant sign structures, archaeology-related non-professional communities emerge. On the basis of these considerations, we use collocation analysis on representative English language corpora to outline the structure of the field of archaeology-related non-professional communities, identify salient creolised peripheral spaces and archaeology-related practices, and develop a framework for further investigation of archaeological knowledge production and reuse in the context of global archaeology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Archaeology
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)350-364
Number of pages15
ISSN2300-6560
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • archaeology-related communities
  • semiosphere theory
  • Yuri Lotman
  • digital heritage
  • non-professional archaeology
  • ALTERNATIVE ARCHAEOLOGIES
  • CULTURAL PROPERTY
  • HERITAGE
  • TOURISM
  • DESTINATION
  • COLLEGE
  • MUSEUMS
  • WORK

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