A selection of content from the prestigious academic journal Antiquity will now be featured in the pages of British Archaeology magazine in a new partnership between the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and the Antiquity Trust.
During the summer of 2020, the CBA were forced to reduce the size of its flagship title as retail markets disappeared due to the pandemic. A charitable donation from the Antiquity Trust supports the charity in bringing the magazine back to its former size, highlighting the best peer-reviewed archaeology research from around the world to a deserved new audience.
CBA Director Neil Redfern said:
“The events of 2020 have shown us how we need to work together, and it is with huge delight that we are announcing this new partnership with the trustees of Antiquity. The grant we have received from the trustees of Antiquity enables us to restore the magazine to full size as well as bringing our readers more of the very best archaeology news as it happens. The work of Antiquity and its pioneering contributors is a great fit for our magazine.”
Antiquity was launched in March 1927 with founder OGS Crawford’s mission to make the fruits of archaeological research available to everyone. It now ranks among the world’s most highly regarded academic journals under the editorship of Robert Witcher, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Durham. It publishes new archaeological research of international significance in plain language to a broad academic and professional readership.
From 1951 the Council for British Archaeology’s Calendar of Excavations grew into a newsletter which became a magazine, relaunched under its present title, British Archaeology, in 1995. Praised for the quality of its content and design, British Archaeology informs, campaigns – it has been quoted in Parliament and on BBC news programmes – and entertains.
Antiquity Editor Robert Witcher said:
“Antiquity has published archaeological research from around the world for over 90 years. During that time, archaeology has changed enormously—with new questions, methods and interpretations. Our core mission, however, remains unaltered: to publish a representative cross-section of the latest archaeological research in the form of concise and accessible articles.
“Each issue of the journal features a diverse range of research. We publish articles and reviews on all periods, from the Palaeolithic through to the present day. We also feature a wide variety of methods and approaches, from the scientific analyses of newly found objects to the reinterpretation of well-known sites and monuments. This year, for example, we have featured articles on the discovery of new Neanderthal remains in Iraq, evidence for donkey polo in China, a mass grave of plague victims in Lincolnshire and the archaeology of marine plastics in the Galapagos Islands.
“Thanks to the support of the Antiquity Trustees, we are delighted that the readers of British Archaeology will be able to discover even more of the cutting-edge research being undertaken around the world to investigate our shared human past.”