I refer to myself as an Independent Cultural Anthropologist.
While I am not lettered, I am of academic bent and upbringing, thanks to lettered Parents.
I do not use the term as an honorific.
I use it to enable others to appreciate the lens thru which I view the past, and the present.
All cultures have similar components.
In Thanos' contrbutions we see how these components can be the same and different all at the same time.
a number of years ago I started referring to Robert Bauval as an Egyptologist. I did so because his work as become a part of the Study of Ancient Egypt.
Some of his neophytes considered this an insult.
I consider it to be an acknowledgement of fact
yet the new agers claim his as their own
How very silly it is to still look at these discussions as a matter of orthodox versus alternate or Lettered versus not
Consider the hot dog
does anyone really care what's in it hen the Bar b Q is firing up?