chapter  6
Ecology of archaeological information work
ByISTO HUVILA
Pages 21

After excursions to changing information work and knowledge-making in archaeology, this chapter sets to propose a more systematic understanding of contemporary archaeological information work. Such an understanding is useful both for unravelling why archaeological information work is as difficult as it seems to be according to the snapshots of specific archaeological practices offered by the earlier chapters in the volume and the common knowledge of archaeologists alike. Simultaneously, it is helpful in developing information management practices both in archaeology and beyond. Informed by soft systems thinking, Gibson’s ecological approach, infrastructure studies and information management literature focuses on, rather than in archaeology, even if, as the reckoned theoretical premises imply, the subject of inquiry unavoidably lingers between archaeology and the study of archaeology. Taking the latter perspective, a closer scrutiny of archaeological practices also ties it to the broader landscape of informationwork in everyday life settings beyond specific contexts and situations of archaeological work.