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Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Uncovering Historical Routes for Sustainable Mobility: Methods, Tools and Case Studies

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Prof. Cinzia Tavernari, Abdullah Gül University, Turkey
Prof. Carlo Citter, University of Siena, Italy


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Special Issue on Uncovering Historical Routes for Sustainable Mobility: Methods, Tools and Case Studies

Mobility is one of the key aspects of 21st century’s globalization. It may sound inappropriate to use the latter word when referring to past civilizations, however, it is indisputable that in past societies as well several groups of people were constantly on the move (merchants, pilgrims, craftsmen, soldiers). Because of their relevance to the understanding and explanation of many aspects of human behavior in the past, mobility studies are central to archaeological research. In addition, they gain increasing importance in view of the contemporary challenges posed by our society’s ever-increasing mobility. Mobility must be supported by roads, routes, paths, tracks. In this sense we thus believe that the study of the routes is both the study of the past and of the living present. This consideration represents the core concept of this topical issue, whose goal is mainly to explore mobility through the routes that served as its backbone. In this topical issue we especially wish to invite contributions that consider three main topics. The first topic focuses on mobility as a network of connected routes, also in relation to the spreading of goods, ideas, military conquest and domination. The second topic considers the materiality of routes, how they were built and what does remain in the archaeological record. The third topic concentrates on the recovering of ancient routes in relation to contemporary mobility and how it can help the sustainable development of a given territory for both tourism and inclusive societies. The focus of the topical issue is mainly methodological and theoretical and it is thus open to any chronological period.


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Uncovering Historical Routes for Sustainable Mobility: methods, tools and case studies.

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.

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 29 February 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Cinzia Tavernari at cinzia.tavernari@agu.edu.tr 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;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.