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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)

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Call for Submissions: Beyond Art/Archaeology: Research and Practice after the ‘Creative Turn’

Guest editors: Antonia Thomas, Ursula Frederick, Daniel Lee and Carolyn White

Call for contributions

Deadline for submissions: 31st July 2016

Please click here for further information.

This forum will explore the possibilities for creatively-engaged archaeology. We invite short contributions from archaeologists, artists, anthropologists, geographers, and others working creatively with heritage – in its broadest sense. In the spirit of the theme, we are not prescriptive about what form these responses might take: they could be text-led pieces of c.1,000-3,000 words, image-led essays, or other contributions which take a radically different approach. Multimedia submissions can be hosted on the journal’s website.
The following questions might provide some starting points:
- How can the practice-led approach proposed here contribute to academically meaningful, and socially relevant, 21st-century archaeology and heritage studies?
- How can archaeology’s unique understanding of the world contribute to the ‘creative turn’ in the wider humanities, as explored by geography and anthropology, for example?
- Given the fluidity of academic subject boundaries, what makes archaeological contributions to trans-disciplinary collaborations distinctively archaeological?
- What is a suitable term for describing these projects (and indeed, do we need one)? Is ‘Creative Archaeologies’ useful or does it limit what the field might incorporate?
Please send your submissions to by 31st July 2016 in the first instance, with ‘JCA Forum’ in the subject line. We will provide further instructions regarding submission to the journal following an initial review of submissions.
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Forum: Archaeologies of forced and undocumented migration

Forum: Archaeologies of forced and undocumented migration
Guest editor: Yannis Hamilakis
Call for contributions

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2016

Please click here for full details.
This forum will thus explore the diverse intellectual, methodological, ethical, and political frameworks for an archaeology of forced and undocumented migration in the present, through both reflective/ideas pieces and case studies. We invite short contributions from archaeologists, anthropologists, other specialists, artists, activists, including by migrants themselves, in different media (text-based essays of c. 1000-3000 words, photographic and photo-poetic essays, poetry, drawings, cartoons, sound-installations, other artwork), addressing some of the questions below:

-How can we record, explore, and understand the materiality of the experience of forced and undocumented migration today, in its diverse forms?

-How can we communicate such work to scholars and to various publics?

-What kind of theoretical and methodological stances can we deploy, avoiding the instrumentalisation of the phenomenon for purely academic purposes, and the aestheticisation of an often painful and tragic experience?

Contributions will be peer reviewed, and multi-media submissions will be hosted on the journal website. For author guidelines see:

Send enquiries and submissions to:
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Vol 2, No 2 (2015)

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Table of Contents


Are We All Archaeologists Now? PDF
Cornelius Holtorf 217-219
Archaeology in the Era of Capitalism PDF
Selma Faria 220-225
On the Ontology of Archaeology PDF
Lawrence E. Moore 225-229
“Are We There Yet?” The challenge of Public Engagement with Australia’s Indigenous Past and its Implications for Reconciliation PDF
Stephen Muller 230-234
Journeys in the City: Homeless Archaeologists or Archaeologies of Homelessness PDF
Rachael Kiddey , Andrew Daffnis , Jane Hallam , Mats Brate 235-244
Archaeology: A Treatment PDF
Jonathan Walz 245-248
Everything is Everything PDF
Alessandro Zambelli 248-252
Bastard Design Practices: An Archaeological Perspective PDF
James Dyer 252-254
Is Digging Straight Walls and Playing in Tune What It’s All About? PDF
Jacob Lawson 255-260

Extended Forum

Are We Not all Archaeologists? A Plea for Archaeology Beyond Excavation In Tanzania PDF
Nancy Alexander Rushohora S1-S4
Traces of Past Subjects: Experiencing Indigenous Thought as an Archaeological Mode of Knowledge PDF
Mariana Petry Cabral S4-S7
Are We all Archaeologists? An Iranian Perspective PDF
Sepideh Saeedi S8-S11
Why Archaeologists Misrepresent Their Practice—A North American Perspective PDF
Richard Matthew Hutchings , Marina La Salle S11-S17
To Be an Archaeologist along the Rue Saint-Jacques: A Textual and Visual Proposition PDF
Michaël Jasmin S17-S26
Digging Up and Digging Down: Urban Undergrounds PDF
Paul Dobraszczyk , Carlos López Galviz , Bradley L. Garrett S26-S30

Photo Essay

‘To climb steep hills, requires slow pace at first: narratives of cultural resilience in the community of Langtang, in the Nepalese Himalayas PDF
Hayley Saul , Emma Waterton 261-282

Research Articles

“Because Other People Have Done It”: Coin-Trees and the Aesthetics of Imitation PDF
Ceri Houlbrook 283-308
Behind Closed Doors: A Material-Centered Analysis of Contemporary Graffiti Writings in situ from Sydney’s Recent Urban Past PDF
Samantha Jane Edwards-Vandenheok 309-327

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