Themes in Archaeology

As a species, we are unique in our ability to have an archaeological imagination and some consider this an essential element of consciousness and what defines us as a humans. In the last 300 years this imagination has developed into a defined discipline, offering essential insights into past lives.

There are many themes and topics which underpin current archaeological thinking. Our Themes in Archaeology collection brings together current research on the most pressing and popular themes and topics, helping you find the most relevant research on your area of interest. 

All articles included in the below collections will be free to read until 30th April 2017. 

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Death and Burial

Understanding how past peoples treated their dead, through their burial and mortuary practices, provides us with an essential source of insight into their culture,…

Zooarchaeology

Zooarchaeology has, and continues to be, an emerging but crucial discpline in developing our understanding of the past.  This article collection transcends borders…

Vikings

Whilst they have always been popular, due to the recent fascination with Scandinavian culture and history, Vikings are once again emerging as a popular theme both in…

Diet and Agriculture

Archaeological evidence of diet and agriculture serves as a key window into the daily lives of past peoples. From what they they hunted and grew, how they harvested…

South America

South American archaeology remains one of the most popular areas of research within the field. From the rituals of the Mayans, to sacrificial temples and the weaving…

Landscapes and Buildings

From the architectural meaning of Stonehenge, the landscape of the Anglo-Saxon world and the spatiotemporal patterning of hunter-gathers in San Diego county, the…

Public Archaeology

In the 40 years since Fritz and Plog wrote that ‘…unless archaeologists find ways to make their research increasingly relevant to the modern world, the modern world…

Science and Technology

Since its inception, the field of archaeology has grown hand-in-hand with developments in science and technology; from advancements in genetics and isotope analysis…

Threats to Archaeology and Heritage

From the devastating war in Syria and the destruction of Palmyra, the impacts of climate change and natural disasters to issues of governance and policy, threats to…