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Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

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

Managing Editor
(Volumes 1-6) Rodney Harrison (UCL)
(Volumes 7-) Alfredo González-Ruibal (Spanish National Research Council)

Review Editor
Esther Breithoff (UCL)

Editorial Assistant
Esther Breithoff (UCL)

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

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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Vol 4, No 2 (2017): Forum: Beyond Art/Archaeology

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Table of Contents

Creative Archaeologies Forum

Beyond Art/Archaeology: Research and Practice after the ‘Creative Turn’. PDF
Antonia Thomas , Daniel Lee , Ursula Frederick , Carolyn White 121-129
Entangled Concepts and Participatory Practices across Archaeology, Heritage and Art PDF
Leah Acheson Roberts , Colin Sterling 130-138
On Rotating Positions in Archaeology, Art, and Architecture: Grindbakken PDF
Maarten Liefooghe 138-147
To Talk of Turns… Three Cross-Disciplinary Provocations for Creative Turns PDF
Harriet Hawkins 147-156
Afield PDF
Mike Pearson 157-162
Archaeological Imprints: We Follow Lines And Trace Them PDF
Oscar Aldred , Gísli Pálsson 163-176
The Junk Drawer Project: Field Photography and the Construction of Assemblage PDF
Genevieve Godbout 177-183
Setomonogatari – Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past PDF
Chris McHugh 183-194
Reverse Archaeology: Experiments in Carving and Casting Space PDF
Rupert Griffiths , Lia Wei 195-213
Buildings Archaeology Without Recording PDF
James Dixon 213-220
Šabac: A Cinematographic Archaeology? PDF
Thomas Kador , Vesna Lukic 221-228
Thinking Place – A Creative Exploration of Coastal Erosion PDF
Elizabeth Anne Bevan , Jane Downes 229-237
Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Speculative Archaeology (through Design) PDF
Ola Ståhl , Mathilda Tham , Cornelius Holtorf 238-246
Art/Archaeology: What Value Artistic- Archaeological Collaboration? PDF
Doug Bailey 246-256

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