Digital archaeology. A democratic utopia

Irmelin Axelsen


In this article a brief account of a seemingly low-impact news-report

and the ensuing debate on Facebook is used to illustrate how online meaning

exchanges may lead to increased polarization, and deep disagreement, between

two particular groups: metal-detectorists and archaeologists. In addition some

issues for how to conduct ethical online research, such as when information should

be seen as public or private, is discussed. I conclude by suggesting possible ways to

decrease the existing divide between two groups with similar interests.


Digital archaeology, democracy, Facebook groups, deep disagreements, polarization, ethical online research, metal-detecting and archaeology.

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