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Topical Issue on Contextualising the Dead

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Dr Karina Gerdau-Radonic, Université de Bordeaux I, France
John Gale, Bournemouth University, UK
Dr Alexander Herrera, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for a Topical Issue on Contextualising the Dead.
The discovery and investigation of the dead is a rich vein of data that has been mined intensively by archaeologists and anthropologists over the last two centuries on an increasingly global scale. For many pre-historic societies, the dead and the artefacts, monuments, sites, and landscapes to which they are inextricably linked can be the sole or predominant representation of cultures that are now at best only partially understood. The increasing specialization within the associated disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, and sociology inevitably lead to the intensification and diversification of knowledge that make the synthesis of such information into enveloping cultural narratives complex and challenging.
This topical issue invites contributions from interdisciplinary research on mortuary practices, beliefs and associated remains, monumentality, and landscapes. The issue will set the new international standards in mortuary studies and showcase current best practice, theoretical underpinnings, and methodological approaches that allow us to study and understand the living through the dead via an interdisciplinary approach


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 Topical Issue on Contextualising the Dead.
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 7th January 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Karina Gerdau-Radonic at gerdaukarina@gmail.com or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com 

As an author of Open Archaeology you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editors;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.