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Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

Alfredo González-Ruibal (Spanish National Research Council)
Rodney Harrison (UCL)
Trinidad Rico (Rutgers University)

Managing Editor
Alfredo González-Ruibal (Spanish National Research Council)

Review Editor
Esther Breithoff (Birkbeck, University of London)
To request a review, please email in the first instance.

Editorial Assistant
Rui Gomes Coelho (Durham University)

The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology is the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to explore archaeology’s specific contribution to understanding the present and recent past. It is concerned both with archaeologies of the contemporary world, defined temporally as belonging to the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as with reflections on the socio-political implications of doing archaeology in the contemporary world. In addition to its focus on archaeology, JCA encourages articles from a range of adjacent disciplines which consider recent and contemporary material-cultural entanglements, including anthropology, art history, cultural studies, design studies, heritage studies, history, human geography, media studies, museum studies, psychology, science and technology studies and sociology. Acknowledging the key place which photography and digital media have come to occupy within this emerging subfield, JCA includes a regular photo essay feature and provides space for the publication of interactive, web-only content on its website.

Emerging from a number of different quarters, this exciting and rapidly expanding field of research has for some time fallen uneasily between a range of other disciplines, research areas and journals. JCA acts as a dedicated international forum in which to establish the boundaries of this emerging sub-discipline, to develop new methods, concepts and approaches, and to collaborate on important future research agendas on archaeologies of the recent past and present.

The Journal publishes a range of different types of articles, ranging from in-depth Discussion Articles (to be accompanied by comments from relevant researchers and an author’s reply); regular Research Articles which are generally shorter and more case-driven; Interviews comprising occasional, edited discussions between researchers and individuals whose academic or creative work makes a contribution to understanding the archaeology and materiality of the contemporary world; Forums, a series of short responses to previously circulated questions; and, as noted above, Photo Essays. Reviews are published online only and potential reviewers should contact the Review Editors prior to submitting a review as the Journal normally does not accept unsolicited reviews.

Founded by Rodney Harrison in 2013 (as Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor), with Alfredo González-Ruibal (Europe) and Laurie Wilkie (North America) as Regional Editors and Cornelius Holtorf as Associate Editor, the first issues of the journal were published in 2014. The present editorial arrangements were established in 2018. Previous book reviews editors include Brent Fortenberry (2013-2015) and Sefryn Penrose (2013-2017).

Potential contributors should consult the Journal's Guidelines which can be found on the For Authors page above.

Indexing & Abstracting

  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)/Web of Science
  • ERIH Plus
CiteScore 2018: 0.34
SNIP 2018: 0.174
SJR 2018: 0.138

ISSN 2051-3429 (print)
ISSN 2051-3437 (online)

Frequency: 2 Issues per volume year, commencing 2014 (May and November)



Table of Contents

Visual Archaeologies: Editorial Introduction Alfredo González-Ruiba

Visual Archaeologies

By Drawing We Unframe Scotland's Community Heritage Conference

Alex Hale

The Weight of History: Visual Narratives for an Autobiographic Archaeology

Maria Theresia Starzmann , Leila Papoli-Yazdi

Archaeo-Becoming, Zarankin-Centrism and Contaminated Presents
Andrés Zarankin , Iván Zigarán

After the Tourists Depart: Visual Postmortem of a New Tourist Destination
Sreedeep Bhattacharya

Phantom Brickworks: Antimetaphors of the Property Crisis in Spain
Pablo Arboleda

"To Thee Do We Send Up Our Sighs": Documenting Twentieth-Century Marian Shrines in the Republic of Ireland
Eve Campbell

(Uns)table assemblage
Nyree Finlay


From a Laboratory of Power to a Laboratory of Violence: The Panoptic Layout of the Nazi Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen and the Diverging Intentions of Disciplinary and Absolute Power
Lea Rees

Excellent journal -- interesting and well-done papers, widely cited, with definite impact on the world archaeological community. In short, this journal has everything we look for in assessing an item for SCOPUS.
from review of journal by SCOPUS


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