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Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

Rodney Harrison, University College London

Laurie Wilkie, University of California, Berkeley (North America)
Alfredo González-Ruibal, Spanish National Research Council (Europe)

Associate Editor
Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University

Review Editors
Sefryn Penrose, Atkins Heritage

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, cultural studies, design 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 will act 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.

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

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

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

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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Table of Contents


Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration PDF
Yannis Hamilakis 121 - 139
The 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan: Migration, Material Landscapes, and the Making of Nations PDF
Erin Riggs , Zahida Rehman Jat 139 - 146
“We Palestinian Refugees” – Heritage Rites and/as the Clothing of Bare Life: Reconfiguring Paradox, Obligation, and Imperative in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan PDF
Beverley Butler , Fatima Al-Nammari 147 - 159
Surveilling Surveillance: Countermapping Undocumented Migration in the USA-Mexico Borderlands PDF
Haeden Eli Stewart , Ian Ostereicher , Cameron Gokee , Jason De Leon 159 - 174
Place making in Non-places: Migrant Graffiti in Rural Highway Box Culverts PDF
Gabriella Soto 174 - 195
Lessons from the Bakken Oil Patch PDF
William Caraher , Bret Weber , Richard Rothaus 195 - 204
Empty Migrant Rooms: An Anthropology of Absence through the Camera Lens PDF
Eckehard Pistrick , Florian Bachmeier 205 - 215
If Place Remotely Matters: Camped in Greece’s Contingent Countryside PDF
Kostis Kourelis 215 - 227
Orange Life Jackets: Materiality and Narration in Lesvos, One Year after the Eruption of the “Refugee Crisis” PDF
George Tyrikos-Ergas 227 - 232
Interrupted Journeys: Drawings by Refugees at the Kara Tepe Camp, Lesvos, Greece PDF
Ángela María Arbeláez Arbeláez , Edward Mulholland 233 - 244
Abandoned Refugee Vehicles “In the Middle of Nowhere”: Reflections on the Global Refugee Crisis from the Northern Margins of Europe PDF
Oula Ilari Seitsonen , Vesa-Pekka Herva , Mika Kunnari 244 - 260
The Garden of Refugees PDF
Rui Gomes Coelho 261 - 270
Reframing the Lampedusa Cross: The British Museum’s Display of the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis PDF
Morgan Lynn Breene 270 - 278
What Anchors the Tu Do? PDF
Denis Byrne 279 - 285
“Heritage on Exile”: Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of Heritage Organizations towards Those Affected by Forced Migration PDF
John Schofield 286 - 293

Extended Forum

The Materiality of the State of Exception: Components of the Experience of Deportation from the United States PDF
Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna S1 - S7
Digging up sounds, images and words together in Athens: Conversations with Kurosh Dadgar (Hossein Shabani) and Saeid Ghasemi on refugee experiences and self-representation through art and heritage management PDF
Christina Thomopoulos , Kurosh Dadgar , Esra Dogan , Saeid Ghasemi , Baba Safar , Sophia Thomopoulos S8 - S24
A Poem by Saeid Ghasemi Untitled
Saeid Ghasemi

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