ArchaeoWiki:Notability Guidelines

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This brief document for ArchaeoWiki editors is meant to serve as a guide for the creation of articles. Here can be found an outline of the criteria needed for a topic to warrant its own article. As this wiki is discipline-specific, pages will be refined to a handful of subject types that facilitate organization and site navigation.

Each page topic is deemed notable enough for inclusion in ArchaeoWiki if it meets the notability guidelines for its subject type as defined below. As new subject types are covered in ArchaeoWiki, new notability criteria can be added.

As the wiki is topical, a number of page sites are defined at the outset. These categories can be used for information management.

More information on the subject of notability in the context of a wiki can be found on Wikipedia's Notability page.

General Guidelines

Topics are given their own article if they fulfill the requirements of their subject type outlined below. Articles outside these categories are included at the editor's discretion, but may be flagged and removed from ArchaeoWiki if deemed to not have sufficient notability. Note that the administrators of ArchaeoWiki will be exceptionally lenient when evaluating articles for notability and only the most insignificant topics will be rejected. To avoid having an otherwise important topic cast aside, ensure that the article clearly states the significance of the subject.

The below topics constitute the bulk of ArchaeoWiki, representing its focus on material culture characterization.

Sites

Archaeological sites covered should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  1. It is an artifact 'Type Site' (a typological category was defined based on the site's assemblage)
  2. The site exemplifies, in a unique and meaningful way, a particular concept or cultural phenomenon
  3. It is covered extensively in academic publications
  4. The site assemblage is unusually rich for its site type
  5. It contains uniquely significant artifacts/architecture/features
  6. It is the only site of its kind (temporal period, culture, functional type) in a given region
  7. The site was the first to be discovered in a given region

Artifact Types/Typologies

Material culture is a major focus of ArchaeoWiki at this time. Contributors are encouraged to include articles on all classes and types of artifacts, including subtypes where applicable. Typologies are most often defined in reputable academic literature; thus, each page ought to have at least one such citation. Where typological redundancies occur, it is imperative that only one page be created, titled under the most common and widely recognized name found in publications. This page may redirect from other known names.

Unique artifacts may have their own pages if:

  1. They are heavily covered in published literature
  2. Their context is well-documented
  3. They contribute in some meaningful way to archaeology and are not simply a curiosity

Technologies

Technologies related to the manufacture, use and modification of material culture described on this wiki warrant their own articles. Where possible, link to external resources like Wikipedia, when the topic extends outside archaeology and is covered in sufficient detail.

Materials & Sources

Materials (natural and artificial) and their sources that were used to create material culture described on this wiki warrant their own articles. As with artifact types, raw materials and source location articles ought to be streamlined against redundancy by grouping identical and mostly similar types into one page with redirects from their multiple names. Where possible, link to external resources like Wikipedia when the topic extends outside archaeology and is covered in sufficient detail. That being said, summarize information where possible so that the reader can understand what the subject is and whether it is relevant to their interests.

Architecture

Architectural features, structure types, and unique buildings may be included on ArchaeoWiki. Unique structures may only have their own pages if:

  1. They are heavily covered in published literature
  2. They contribute in some meaningful way to archaeology and are not simply a curiosity

Theories & Methods

Any theories or methods pertaining to the practice of archaeology, archaeological interpretation, or the like may have their own article on ArchaeoWiki.

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