The Journal of Field Archaeology purports to publish:
- Field reports whose results in terms of interpretive content or of techniques and methods employed seem clearly to be of more than regional interest.
- Technical and methodological studies that relate to actual archaeological data, are also of general rather than only regional significance, and would be comprehensible to most readers.
- Review articles such as updated regional or topical summaries designed to appeal to a fairly wide professional readership.
- Occasional essays on the history of archaeology in major geographical areas, or with respect to research topics of general archaeological concern.
- Brief preliminary reports describing the results of recent fieldwork or other research.
I'm not sure where Elkins' attack on a non-profit group that uses ancient coins to teach kids fits exactly under these criteria.
Is Elkins' subject matter really the stuff of scholarship today? Even if one disagrees with ACE's sourcing of the ancient coins it uses to teach kids, should a journal that purports to foster scholarship help denigrate the efforts of members of public to encourage our nation's youth to learn more about ancient Greece and Rome? Isn't Elkins' subject matter more appropriate for blogs than scholarly journals?
Unfortunately, it thus appears that the Journal of Field Archaeology has departed from its original scholarly mission in favor of becoming just another propaganda tool in the culture property wars.