ARCHEOSTORIE. Journal of Public Archaeology (AJPA) is the open access peer-reviewed scientific journal that provides Italy with an arena to discuss issues such as the management and communication of heritage and the role of archaeology into contemporary society. It produces insightful analyses on significant initiatives aimed at involving the public in archaeological and heritage issues, and bridging the gap between our past and modernity. Furthermore, AJPA wants to encourage scientific debate on Public Archaeology as a discipline, and promote and coordinate related activities. It also aims to promote debate on the future of the profession, and specifically on whether public engagement in archaeological research can contribute to grant archaeologists a different, and hopefully more relevant, role in contemporary society.
AJPA is a must for all those who want to keep informed on the ever-changing ways our society looks at its past and, consequently, at the ways it looks at itself.
AJPA is published once a year, in Spring. Each issue has a Topic of the year session with papers that analyze a specific subject from several points of view, and a Satura Lanx session with papers beyond the main theme.
A News section following the scientific papers provides readers with first-hand reportages and analyses of important events of the year. It mostly offers a selection of articles published in our online Archeostorie Magazine. A significant part of our publishing project, the Magazine – in Italian, for now – targets a wide audience of scholars and students as well as whoever is interested and involved in cultural heritage themes. By offering readers up-to-date and timely information, it is public archaeology ‘in action,’ whereas AJPA is the place for analysis and reflection. The two are closely intertwined, and neither would exist without the other. The AJPA News section includes those events and trends that – a posteriori – have proven to be the most relevant ones.
Thanks to close collaboration with the Archeokids blog, the News section has a specific Children’s Corner.
The Reviews section consists of a mixture of selected articles from the Magazine and academic reviews. It offers insightful analyses of any product designed to share the archaeological knowledge with the wider public: books, important conferences and exhibitions, new museums and archaeological parks, movies, videos, video games, websites, mobile apps, relevant marketing campaigns. The communication of cultural heritage is such a dynamic field that new ideas and tools are springing up at an incredibly high pace. The real question is, then, to discern what is not going to last from what can leave a concrete mark and significantly influence the way we experience the past.
Selected archaeological works of fiction are published in the Archaeotales section: tales, illustrations, graphic novels, videos, protographs, videogames and so on. Storytelling is a potent way of involving people in the love and appreciation of our past. It has the power to bring the past back to life in a specific and irreplaceable way: by telling the peculiar stories of individuals, it connects us with the people of the past one-by-one. And not only that. To create a consistent story is extremely hard work, which combines imagination with accurate historical research: we are presented with questions about everyday life in the past, that wouldn’t even have been dreamed of otherwise. Therefore storytelling has also the power to promote research, generating a most virtuous circle.
We invite whoever is interested in Public Archaeology issues to submit papers on any topic concerned with the relationship between archaeology and the wider world, as well as papers related to our Topic of the year. Scientific manuscripts should be submitted through our Online application form so that they can go through the peer-review process, and should be in accordance with our Guidelines for contributors. Whereas if you are interested in publishing articles in the News, Reviews and Archaeotales sections, please contact us beforehand by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.