Academic journals: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites

Journal summary: Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (CMAS) was launched in 1995 and focuses on both theoretical and practical issues in heritage site management and conservation. Peer-reviewed papers from around the world report on new thinking and best practice in site management and conservation. CMAS also publishes short comments, conference, book and website reviews, and lists relevant new publications.

Topics covered include:

  • Cultural, social, ethical and theoretical issues in archaeological site management and conservation
  • Site management
  • Historical documentation and condition reporting
  • Site deterioration and environmental monitoring
  • Preventative conservation, including reburial and protective sheltering of sites
  • Building materials analysis and treatment
  • Restoration and reconstruction of buildings
  • Visitor management and sustainable tourism
  • Site interpretation
  • National and international legislation and charters

Publisher: Routledge

Website: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ycma20/current

Access: Subscription; some open-access articles

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Academic journals: Archeostorie – Journal of Public Archaeology

Journal summary: Archeostorie Journal of Public Archaeology (AJPA) is the open access peer-reviewed scientific journal that provides Italy with an arena to discuss issues such as the management and communication of heritage and the role of archaeology into contemporary society. It produces insightful analyses on significant initiatives aimed at involving the public in archaeological and heritage issues, and bridging the gap between our past and modernity. Furthermore, AJPA wants to encourage scientific debate on Public Archaeology as a discipline, and promote and coordinate related activities. It also aims to promote debate on the future of the profession, and specifically on whether public engagement in archaeological research can contribute to grant archaeologists a different, and hopefully more relevant, role in contemporary society.
AJPA is published once a year, in Spring. Each issue has a Topic of the year session with papers that analyze a specific subject from several points of view, and a Satura Lanx session with papers beyond the main theme.

Publisher: Centre for Public Archaeology Studies ‘Archeostorie’ – cultural association

Website: http://www.archeostoriejpa.eu/

Access: Open access

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

National Museum in Athens: 150th Anniversary

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National Museum, Athens © David Gill

The National Museum in Athens is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its foundation (“Greek museum’s birthday show packed with history“, ekatherimini.com 4 November 2016). The museum contains some of the most important archaeological discoveries from around Greece including finds from the Bronze Age site of Mycenae.

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Kouros from Sounion © David Gill

Some of the personal favourites include the archaic statues including the colossal kouros from Sounion, as well as the Roman marble copies of the originals by Polykleitos.

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Roman copy of the Diadoumenos © David Gill

Exploring pre-Roman Colchester

© David Gill

© David Gill

Pre-Roman Colchester was defended by a series of linear earthworks stretching for over 12 miles. Part of the remains are in the care of English Heritage and can be viewed at Bluebottle Grove, part of the Lexden Dyke.

Further details can be found here.

Cultural Heritage on the Increase in Greece

© David Gill

© David Gill

The latest figures from the Hellenic Statistical Service demonstrate that archaeological sites and museums are seeing an increase in visitor numbers (and a related increase in revenue).

Further details can be found here.

Leiston Abbey excavations

Leiston Abbey © David Gill

Leiston Abbey © David Gill

DigVentures have been excavating at the Premonstratensian Leiston Abbey in Suffolk. The BBC are now reporting on what appears to have been the discovery of the hospital (“Leiston Abbey: Dig Ventures archaeologists in ‘hospital find’“, BBC News 5 September 2015). The abbey is in the care of English Heritage.

DigVentures hope to excavate the original location for the abbey at a location close to the Minsmere RSPB Reserve.

More on the excavations can be found here.

Scotland’s new Archaeology Strategy

A brand new 10 year Archaeology Strategy for Scotland was launched at Europe’s biggest archaeology conference in Glasgow today (European Archaeological Association).
Scotland's Archaeology Strategy

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy has been developed by the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee, coordinated by Historic Scotland, with input from over 200 people from across the archaeology sector in Scotland and beyond. It sets out a shared national vision that Scotland’s archaeology should benefit everyone in society.

It complements work that has been undertaken over the past few years by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, as part of the ScARF (Scotland’s Archaeological Research Framework), and puts in place a framework for the new national heritage organisation, Historic Environment Scotland, to support archaeology as an integral part of our lived and natural environment.