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Beyond the Farmlands: Wild Resources in the Past of Europe

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Katarzyna Ślusarska, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Magdalena Przymorska-Sztuczka, The Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Dominika Kofel, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Sabine Karg, Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Dawn Elise Mooney, Arkeologisk Museum, University of Stavanger, Norway


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Topical Issue on Beyond the Farmlands: Wild Resources in the Past of Europe.

Our classical narratives hinge on the concept that the adoption of food production techniques based on agriculture and animal husbandry has fundamentally changed the relationship between humankind and nature. While this made humans less dependent on natural resources through control of their own food supply, it tied them to a specific place for a longer period. However, in regions with poor soils and relatively short growing seasons, such as the North European Plain and Scandinavia, overall food acquisition strategies remained diverse long after the introduction of farming. Wild resources, even in quite recent times, were sought-after and commonly present in the everyday life of European rural communities: as a source of food including delicacies, and as raw material for making tools, containers, and clothing. Despite this, archaeological narratives concerning the Neolithic and later periods usually fail to consider the role of wild resources in the economy of that time.

This topical issue aims to bring together archaeological, archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological perspectives to develop a more integrated approach to Neolithic and post-Neolithic subsistence strategies.

The topics include:

  • The contribution of the wild food to the diet - regular supply or hunger marker?
  • Wild sources of fibres and leather for textile and container production
  • Gathering wild resources for human consumption or/and animal winter fodder
  • Natural dyes and adhesives
  • Plant-based construction materials
  • Fishing, small vertebrate hunting, and invertebrate gathering

Regional summaries, detailed studies of single sites or deposits, and experimental studies are equally welcome.


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opar/

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to the Topical Issue on Beyond the Farmlands: Wild Resources in the Past of Europe. Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, which are located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006560_Instructions_for_Authors.pdf

All papers will go through the Open Archaeology high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure.

We are looking forward to your submission up to 31 December 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Katarzyna Ślusarska at hisksl@ug.edu.pl or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyter.com

As an author of Open Archaeology you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editors;
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  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.