Dutch archaeology has been a strange omission in the recent bout of introspection of various national traditions of archaeology in Europe. Jan Slofstra's paper is, therefore, a welcome and important addition to the critical self-reflection of our subject. Writing the social history of one's own discipline in one's own lifetime implies comments, and perhaps even judgements, on the work of one's colleagues, teachers and students, most of whom are still alive. By necessity, it also puts one's own work in the context of a still existing, scholarly community. In other words: Slofstra has been an active participant in the processes which he analyzes. Such an analysis would normally call for an observer's perspective, but under the circumstances such a detachment is hard to achieve, and perhaps impossible.