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Journal of Contemporary Archaeology

General Editor
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.

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

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

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Table of Contents

Discussion Article

Archaeology and the New Materialisms PDF
Christopher Witmore 203-246


Material and Cognitive Dimensions of Archaeological Evidence PDF
Matt Edgeworth 225-227
The Asymmetries of Symmetrical Archaeology PDF
Ian Hodder 228-230
Is There Life Amidst the Ruins? PDF
Tim Ingold 231-235
Old and New Materialisms PDF
Marisa Lazzari 236-238


Confronting Things PDF
Christopher Witmore 239-246

Photo Essay

Thresholds: Gateways to the Nuclear Imagination PDF
Gair Dunlop 247-264


Archaeologies of Archaeologies of the Contemporary Past: An Interview with Victor Buchli and Gavin Lucas PDF
Alfredo González-Ruibal , Rodney Harrison , Cornelius Holtorf , Laurie Wilkie 265-276

Research Articles

Earthquake Archaeology: A Future in Ruins? PDF
Simon Jusseret 277-296
Haunting Heritage in an Enchanted Land: Magic, Materiality and Second World War German Material Heritage in Finnish Lapland PDF
Vesa-Pekka Herva 297-321
“Although The Loneliness is Great, Greater Yet is the Love of my Country”: Archaeology of a Military Outpost on the Topaín Hillock (Antofagasta Region, Chile) PDF
Manuel Prieto , Xurxo M. Ayán Vila 323-350
Let Heritage Die! The Ruins of Trams at Depot No. 5 in Wrocław, Poland PDF
Dawid Kobiałka 351-368

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