Monday, 13 April 2015

Free Access 14: Over 20,000 articles free to read

Now through April 26th, ALL online content, including 2015 issues for every single journal we publish in archaeology, conservation and heritage is 100 percent free to download. No sign ups, no registration, no strings attached: just free content from us to you. 

Free Access 14 (FA14) is our way of showing our appreciation for the amazing community of scholars and researchers who are dedicated to advancing knowledge in this exciting, ever-changing field. 

FA14 gives you access to research in 18 subject areas, including underwater archaeology, museum studies, field archaeology, conservation and more. The archives date back over 100 years to 1869. Click here to dig in and start enjoying your free content. 

Some of the most popular journals featured in this special promotion include: 

We're also excited to include some of our new titles for 2015: 

Tired of all the free content? We didn't think so. You can enter to win online subscriptions to all 43 of our journals for an entire year when you Tweet using the hashtag #idigthisjournalbecause and mention @ManeyArchaeo 

Just let us know what makes your favorite journal so special, and you could be rich in archaeological research! Three runners up will also win an online subscription for the journal of their choice for a full year.  

Thursday, 2 April 2015

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to stop by the Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting

Thousands of archaeologists from diverse backgrounds will flock to San Francisco, California to share innovative ideas, hear about new research, and connect with colleagues at the Society for American Archaeology's 80th Annual Meeting, April 15-19. With a wide array of forums, symposiums and sessions in store, this year's meeting promises to be an event you won't want to miss.

The program offers an in-depth guide to the nearly 4,000 presentations taking place over the jam-packed four day event. There's even a mobile version for those who want to save extra room in their bags for some amazing journals that they just might find in the exhibit hall.

Here are just a few events that caught our eye in this veritable smorgasbord of sessions:
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 8-10am: Nose to Tail: An Interdisciplinary Look at Dogs in the Past
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 2-4pm: Excursion San Francisco Architectural Walking Tour
  • Thursday, April 16th, 1-3:30pm: Preservation, Protection, and Outreach Programs in National Park Service Archaeology
  • Friday, April 17th, 8-11am: Space and Time in the Upper Palaeolithic: A Mixed Traditions Approach to the Study of Prehistory
  • Friday, April 17th, 1-3:30pm: The Practices of Death: The Archaeology of Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 
  • Saturday, April 18th, 1-4pm: Like Frejoles in a Pod: Examining the Current State of Paleoethnobotany in Peru
  • Sunday, April 19th, 8-11am:  Dietary Biographies: Chronicling Past Husbandry, Mobility, and Exchange Practices

The SAA was formed in 1934 in an effort to promote interest and research in American archaeology, advocate for conservation of archaeological resources, expand public access to archaeology and facilitate communication among archaeologists focusing on the Americas. Today, the organization has over 7,000 members including professionals, students, and researchers from the public and private sectors. 

If you're heading to the conference, be sure to stop by the Maney Publishing booth (#112) in the exhibition hall! We'd love to hear about your favorite sessions. 

To learn more about the 80th annual meeting, visit the SAA website.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

All the Viking ladies, put your hands up

Ring discovery connects Norse and Islamic cultures 

When you think about Scandinavian Vikings, what comes to mind? Bearded seafarers? Sure. Horned helmets? Absolutely. Islamic civilization? Not so much. 

But an enchanting ring found in a ninth century Viking grave offers evidence that these two seemingly disparate civilizations were actually in close contact

The breathtaking purple ring was first excavated in the late 1800s from Birka, a Viking trading center in Sweden, according to a recent Science News article. The ring's mesmerizing centerpiece was always thought to be a violet amethyst. But when archaeologists at Stockholm University conducted an electron microscope scan, they discovered that it is in fact made of colored glass, a highly desirable, and exotic material at the time. The scan also revealed an unexpected inscription on the glass inset which reads either "for Allah" or "to Allah" in ancient Arabic script. 

So how did this Islamic jewelry end up on the finger of a Viking a world away? Scandinavians were known to trade prized objects from Egypt and Mesopotamia as long as 3,400 years ago. So archaeologists theorize it's not unlikely that the Vikings could have obtained glass treasures from Islamic traders in the same part of the globe about 2,000 years later, rather waiting for these goods to travel north through popular trade networks. 

While there are encounters between these two civilizations mentioned in ancient texts about 1,000 years ago, substantial archaeological evidence in support of these accounts is quite rare. 

What's more, researchers at Stockholm University say the ring shows almost no signs of wear. This suggests it was made by an Arabic silversmith and had no prior owners before reaching the Viking woman. 

Into Vikings? Enjoy these complimentary articles from European Journal of Archaeology

‘A River of Knives and Swords’: Ritually Deposited Weapons in English Watercourses and Wetlands during the Viking Age

Bloody Slaughter: Ritual Decapitation and Display at the Viking Settlement of Hofstadir Iceland

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

European Journal of Archaeology seeks new Deputy Editor

European Journal of Archaeology is the international, peer-reviewed journal of the European Association of Archaeologists. This leading journal is dedicated to publishing the best new archaeological research taking place in Europe and surrounding regions. European Journal of Archaeology is currently accepting applications for a new Deputy Editor, who will work closely with the journal's Editor, Dr. Robin Skeates. Read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity. 

About the Position
The Deputy Editor is required to be deadline-driven with excellent communication skills, an ability to carry out editorial tasks based on prior editorial experience and a breadth of interests. The Deputy Editor will also be expected to work outside his/her own specialist fields of expertise. European Journal of Archaeology is a broad, well recognized and well cited publication, and the Deputy Editor will have an academic profile and level of seniority appropriate to the role.

Editor Responsibilities

  • Taking a portion of papers through the editorial peer-review process to a final recommendation 
  • Editing final papers to improve the clarity of arguments and quality of English
  • Checking and correcting proofs as required and returning them to the agreed Publisher’s schedule
  • Soliciting high-quality manuscripts for the journal
  • Acting as an ambassador for the journal at conferences and other events
  • Acting as Special Issue Editor on occasion
  • Deputizing for the Editor as necessary
  • Assisting the Editor to keep within the agreed annual page budget for the journal 

Applications must be submitted by April 30th, 2015 to Dr. Robin Skeates at Interested applicants should title their message "Deputy Editor Selection" and include a 1000-word statement describing their relevant experience and why they would like to become the Deputy Editor for European Journal of Archaeology.

Please view the complete job posting for more details.  

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Celebrate Florida Archaeology Month with a Dash through the Past

Did you know that Florida Archaeology Month is right around the corner? Every March, an array of programs and events are scheduled to put Floridians and visitors in touch with the rich history and heritage of the Panhandle State, which stretches back over 12,000 years.

This year, the 
Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of West Florida Historic Trust are hosting Dash Through the Past, a high-speed scavenger hunt set for March 7th from 10 am to 12 pm at 207 East Main Street in downtown Pensacola. Participants will race through a two-mile course in the heart of the city's historic district, using maps to search for hidden treasures and competing for prizes. For more information, view the event details, or email the event organizers at  

Dash Through the Past is just one of several events planned for the month of March. This year's theme, Innovators of the Archaic, invites participants to discover prehistoric Floridian culture and its connections to the present day. You can find a full list of programs on the Florida Archaeology Month website

With this state's rich cultural history, it's a wonder there's just one month dedicated to Florida archaeology. Thousands of years ago, some of the first civilizations to live in Florida hunted mammoth with stone-tipped spears. Rising sea levels, changing environments, and increasing populations were just a few of the challenges they overcame by testing and adapting to new ways of life. 

Curious about Florida's unique past? Enjoy these free articles from Public Archaeology