ARCHEOSTORIE Journal of Public Archaeology is the open access peer-reviewed scientific journal that provides Italy with an arena to discuss issues such as the management and communication of archaeological heritage and, more widely, 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.
Despite the continuing growth of Public Archaeology as a field of studies, the Italian interpretation of the subject is still heavily under-investigated. As it was observed by Chiara Bonacchi (Public Archaeology, Vol. 12 No. 3, August 2013, 211–16 2009):
“This area is now beginning to be understood as concerned with the preservation, communication and public use of archaeology. However, the path towards a clearer definition of Archeologia Pubblica as a formal area of teaching and research requires further and more focused scrutiny if Public Archaeology is to become a way for Italian archaeologists to demonstrate public value and fight the consequences of the economic (and social) crisis we are experiencing.”
ARCHEOSTORIE JPA aims to fill this gap encouraging academic debate on Public Archaeology in Italy and promoting and coordinating related activities.
Journal structure and publication
The journal is (web-only) published once a year. Each volume presents:
- a Topic of the Year section with articles that analyse a specific subject from several points of view;
- a Satura Lanx section with articles beyond the main theme;
- an Archaeotales section our archaeological short stories;
- a News section that follows the academic papers in order to provide readers with first-hand reportages and analyses of important events of the year;
- a Reviews section about relevant books, conferences, exhibitions, videos, etc.
ARCHEOSTORIE JPA is a must for all those who want to keep informed on the everchanging ways our society looks at its past and, consequently, at the ways it reflects on itself.