Thursday, April 1, 2010

Archaeology journals to fold

A number of the top archaeology journals have decided to close their doors and cease publishing. This decision followed the dissolution of the AAA, as reported on A committee of editors provided three reasons for their joint decision:

(1) Most archaeological sites have now been bulldozed and covered by WallMart stores. The rest have been destroyed by military bombing and private looting.

(2) All ancient artifacts have now been sold to wealth private collectors through Sotheby's and eBay.

(3) Open access means that traditional journal organization was already doomed.

With nothing left for archaeologists to do, and no place to publish it anyway, there is no reason for the journals to keep going.

From France, Michel Foucault suggested that archaeologists can always start excavating knowledge.

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