Thursday, 16 February 2017

DIG2017 Conference - Special Issue of Geoarchaeology journal

Preparations are well underway for the 7th biennial Developing International Geoarchaeology conference, otherwise known as DIG, which we are hosting at Newcastle this September. We are in the process of confirming our guest speakers, and I have just received confirmation from the editorial board of Geoarchaeology journal that we have been provisionally accepted to produce a special issue of the journal based on the conference papers. This is great news, and hopefully will ensure a speedy turnaround of the papers for publication, and a lasting legacy for the conference. We are also hoping to film the talks (with speaker permission), and to host these online - details on this as soon as we have confirmed.

Geoarchaeology is the ideal venue to publish the conference papers, as the journal remit is a good reflection of the aims of DIG, including all areas of geoarchaeology from landscape to material culture. Geoarchaeology has previously published papers from DIG2011 under the theme of 'Multiscalar approaches to geoarchaeological questions'. DIG2011 was held in Knoxville, Tennessee and the papers have a focus on the Americas. For DIG2017 we are seeking papers from geoarchaeologists from all parts of the spectrum, from geoscientists working with archaeology, to archaeologists incorporating geoscience methods into their research. We are particularly keen to include papers that bridge the two aspects of the discipline, and the potentials for geoarchaeoogy to act as a bridge between science and humanities discussions of the Anthropocene.

When the call for papers has closed and we have the timetable organised, we will be in touch with authors to get an idea of who would be interested in contributing their paper, so we can finalize the proposal with the journal. Any contributed paper will of course be subject to the usual peer review process, and required to keep to submission deadlines, with the ultimate decision resting with the editors. Details on how to submit a paper can be found here.


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