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The need and potential for an archaeology orientated towards the present
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0557-9651
2013 (English)In: Archaeological Dialogues, ISSN 1380-2038, E-ISSN 1478-2294, Vol. 20, no 1, 12-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question ‘Can an archaeologist be a public intellectual?’ appears to express both an unfulfilled desire and a secret hope of an entire professional corps to count among them at least a few public intellectuals. I suggest that the state of the discipline of archaeology makes it harder, compared with other disciplines, for its professional representatives to address present-day issues and relate to public debates. I also suggest that maybe the most significant effect of the fact that society’s public intellectuals generally do not have degrees in archaeology is that participants in public debates and policy makers are unaware of how various applications of archaeology and cultural heritage can benefit contemporary society. This potential will therefore have to be realized in different ways.

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2013. Vol. 20, no 1, 12-18 p.
Keyword [en]
Public archaeology; archaeology in society; new heritage; applied archaeology
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Archaeology
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Humanities, Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26569DOI: 10.1017/S1380203813000056ISI: 000319987200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-26569DiVA: diva2:628837
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Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-14 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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