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Gateway or Endpoint: Scandinavian Contacts from the Third to First Millennium BC

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Paulina Suchowska-Ducke, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland
Samantha Reiter, National Museum of Denmark, Denmark
Heide Wrobel Nørgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Topical Issue on Gateway or Endpoint: Scandinavian Contacts from the Third to First Millennium BC.

In the recent edition of Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell you Everything You Need to Know about World Politics, Marshall equates geographical position, topography and natural resources of nations with their socio-political destinies. Although Marshall’s work is a brilliant reinvestigation of modern history and geopolitics, neither his foundation theory nor the ideas he expresses are new. Emperor Napoleon is quoted as saying that “geography is destiny” and his contemporary Metternich declared “When France sneezes, all of Europe catches cold.” 

This special issue demands firstly whether such statements are true and, if so, to what degree they can be applied to the more distant periods of European history. Recent interdisciplinary research has shown that although Scandinavia was along the geographical periphery of Europe, it was nonetheless a transcultural and transformative centre. This volume includes seven papers which address the transmission, exchange and transformation of social, economic, material or human contacts between Scandinavia and the greater European Continent. All papers revolve around transcultural flows which either originated or terminated in Scandinavia and which address that northern region as a nodal point. 


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 Gateway or Endpoint: Scandinavian Contacts from the Third to First Millennium BC. The 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 May 31, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Reiter at samantha.scott.reiter@natmus.dk or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com 

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