_What is Open Access Archaeology? Why Should I Care?
Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access to scholarly material, like journal article, theses, monographs, book chapters, etc.
Why you should care- Archaeology is a destructive process, once we excavate something a good portion of the data is loss for forever. What makes archaeologists different than looters is that we record the information and share it so that others can benefit from our findings. However, if no one can read what we write, because it is behind a paywall, than we are no better than looters. If no one benefits from what we do than we are no better than looters.
By making work open access we ensure the knowledge gained from our work is not wasted.
OpenAccessArchaeology.org is dedicated to helping people discover and use Open Access resources in the field of Archaeology.
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