Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Vol 2, No 2 (2015)

Are We all Archaeologists? An Iranian Perspective

Sepideh Saeedi
Issued Date: 12 Jan 2016


This article briefly investigates the question of democratizing archaeology from an Iranian perspective. The process of relinquishing the authority of interpreting the past to the nonprofessional may accelerate the abuse of archeology by the contemporary nationalist trends. However on the other hand providing easy access to the specific products of archaeological research, makes more people involved in archaeology.

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DOI: 10.1558/jca.v2i2.28449


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