Focus and Scope
The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology (BHA) was inaugurated over 20 years ago as a forum to exchange research, information on on-going projects, and resources devoted to a growing interest in the histories of archaeology. As this interest has grown, BHA has become global in reach, and has taken an increasingly expansive definition of its subject matter and its place within wider historical contexts. To this end, the journal publishes research not only on the histories of archaeology strictly defined, but also on the subject as it intersects with related histories like those of collecting, colonialism, exploration, fieldwork, heritage, and museums. At the same time, BHA is particularly focused on building interdisciplinary collaborations, and publishes work that takes its methodological cues from fields including anthropology and historical anthropology, archaeology, art history, colonial and postcolonial studies, gender studies, global history, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. Please contact the editors if you are unsure as to whether your research is suitable for submission to the journal.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.
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The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology (BHA) was inaugurated nearly 19 years ago as a forum to exchange research, information on on-going projects, and resources solely devoted to the history of archaeology. The BHA grew out an acknowledged interest in the history of archaeology by many archaeological practioners and the plan for the BHA was hatched after a meeting between Douglas Givens, Alice B. Kehoe, and Donald McVicker in Chicago in 1990. The idea of the BHA was well received during an Advanced Seminar on Writing the History of Archaeology which was held at the School of American Research (Santa Fe, New Mexico) during the summer of 1992. Since that time, the BHA has enjoyed a growing following and many scholars and interested researchers from many disciplines have sought out the BHA as one of the primary sources of up-to-date work know going on in the history of archaeology.
Originally conceived as an international forum for the exchange of information related to the history of archaeology, the BHA sought to involve on its editorial board scholars from around the world who were devoting some of their time to the writing of the history of archaeology. Such a diverse set of interests in many facets of the history of archaeology has led the BHA over the years to expand its coverage of the history of archaeological practice outside the United States.