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From Yahoo! Answers circa April 2012

What is the definition of Amature historian?

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An archaeologist studies material evidence (archaeology) in order to try and understand what has happened in the past, and to interpret it - tell a story based on evidence.

A historian studies written records and written accounts, and histories, in order to try to understand and to interpret the past. An amateur is someone that is unpaid, not professional. A volunteer or unpaid enthusiast.

An amateur historian studies the past through written / published records and accounts, and writes his / her account, their interpretation. They do this for the love of history without pay.

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