This page is dedicated solely to providing professional archaeologists an opportunity to ask questions to artifact collectors about their artifact collecting activities and their opinions on the decades-old disagreements between artifact collectors and professional archaeologists. For example, you may be puzzled in some way about artifact collector behavior. You may believe some “fact” about artifact collectors that is not true. Whenever a disagreement breaks out between two sides, it is usually because both sides harbor certain misconceptions about each other. This is your chance as a professional archaeologist to ask specific questions directly to artifact collectors to learn new things or clarify anything that is on your mind. However, please try to avoid being too general with your question. No one has time to write a 300-page book to answer a highly generalized, broad-spectrum question for you. Please try to ask specific, focused questions about subjects of concern and issues. You may ask your questions in the Leave a Reply box below.
The following is an Example Question of the general kind or type that we would like to see professional archaeologists write into the Leave a Reply box below. Your questions can address any subject of concern with regard to artifact collecting and artifact collectors. Your questions can be either short or long. That is all up to you.
Why is it that most American artifact collectors do not catalog each artifact in their collection, photograph each artifact, and keep written records on each artifact, including when and where it was found—especially for those artifacts you have found in the field yourself. Your artifacts, and most of all the written information you record for each one, would be of tremendous value to the professional archaeology community. Do you not know how to keep such provenience records? Is it just too much trouble to do it? Would doing it make artifact collecting seem more like work than a hobby? If you could purchase a very simple, prefabricated template on CD or DVD at a reasonable price for recording such information on every artifact in your collection, would you do so and actually use it to record every item in your collection? If not, then why not?