Why archaeology's relevance to global challenges has not been recognised

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Abstract

Archaeologists are increasingly publishing articles proclaiming the relevance of our field for contemporary global challenges, yet our research has little impact on other disciplines or on policy-making. Here, the author discusses three reasons for this impasse in relevance: archaeologists do not understand how relevance is constructed between fields; too little of our work follows a rigorous scientific epistemology; and we are confused about the target audiences for our messages concerning our discipline's relevance. The author suggests two strategies for moving forward: transdisciplinary collaborative research and the production of quantitative scientific results that will be useful to scientists in disciplines more closely involved in today's global challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1061-1069
Number of pages9
JournalAntiquity
Volume95
Issue number382
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • archaeology
  • interdisciplinary
  • policy-making
  • relevance
  • transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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