The Unknown Professional

We’ve talked a lot about apps and how they work. But now I think it’s time to take the whole idea back to their roots, the creators. Who created these apps? For what purpose?

When you read information regardless of whether it is in a museum display, on a blog or in an app, do you take that information at face value? Do you assume that because it is written by an unknown (or known) professional that the information is right? That this information shouldn’t be challenged?

The things is, now that we are in the digital age it has become easier than ever before for people to be involved in creating/editing and interpreting archaeological data. Anyone can start a blog, anyone can and will alter data. But is a non-professional’s interpretation and representation of data more or less valid than that of a professional?

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Who is the ‘Unknown Professional?’

Who is a professional? Is it someone with a degree? Someone who has a deep passion for a particular subject? Am I professional for writing this blog? Are you reading this the professional?

When you open an app or look round a museum you should keep these questions in the back of your mind. Often apps will not say at the bottom who wrote the information. But it has the authority of being written by the ‘unknown professional’.

I want to challenge you to look at apps critically, to think about what is being presented. Should you take it at face value?

5 thoughts on “The Unknown Professional

  1. One should not also assume that simply because something is written by a “professional” it should be taken at face value. Scientists are human and often have their own biases which inevitably creep into their theories and interpretations.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your blog. I am a volunteer in an archaeology lab in the Central Mississippi Valley, an area rich in American Indian archaeology sites. My job is to sort litics/debitage from sites that have been dug. It was my childhood dream to be an archaeologist but it was not possible for me to pursue it. After a long career in art education, I began volunteering. It has been such fun and very absorbing. I enjoyed reading about the unseen professional you wrote about and how scepticism is a healthy view point sometimes. I hope you are pursuing a dream too. Good luck and enjoy.

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    • I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. That means a lot 🙂
      It’s fantastic to hear you’ve found a way to pursue your love for archaeology. I am very lucky that I am able to do what I love now. I think sometimes it is important that I remember that.
      Glad you enjoyed the post! It was something that I hadn’t really considered before but, when you think about it, is something that we take for granted. It is easy to take information that is handed to us as fact but, sometimes it is good to question things.

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