The Archaeological Journal

The Archaeological Journal presents the results of archaeological and architectural survey and fieldwork on sites and monuments of all periods as well as syntheses and overviews of such work in the British Isles.

Individual papers are now published online via our publishers, Taylor & Francis, with the paper journal being published annually. The journal can be accessed through most university libraries as well as some local and regional libraries and is sent to all of our Ordinary members. If new libraries or institutions would like to stock the journal, please contact Taylor & Francis directly.


The Royal Archaeological Institute is seeking an editor for the multi-period, peer-reviewed Archaeological Journal to succeed Prof. Howard Williams, who has recently produced the first volume in conjunction with our new publishing partner: Routledge - that for 2015: Vol. 172. His last volume will be Volume 174 for 2017. We hope that the newly-appointed editor will shadow Howard during 2016, and will then edit Volume 175, to be published online in January and June 2018, and in print in July that year. We anticipate that the person appointed will commit to the publication of a minimum of four volumes, to Volume 178.

Membership of the Institute will be expected. Current members, or those at subscribing institutions, may review the back stock of publications online on Taylor and Francis’ website. (Those unable to familiarise themselves with the Institute’s published work may contact the Administrator on admin [at] royalarchinst [dot] org for login help.)

The editorial team also includes a Reviews Editor, and a compiler of the Summer Meeting Report that results from our week-long field visits.

The position attracts an annual emolument of £4,000, and is supported by an Editorial Committee who will consider expressions of interest at its meeting on 9th December. The person appointed will be expected to attend the next Editorial meeting, at Burlington House, London, on 11th May.

Please submit expressions of interest to the Institute’s Administrator at admin [at] royalarchinst [dot] org by Friday, 4th December.

For further information, please contact Dr. Pete Wilson, Hon. Secretary, on pete [dot] wilson [at] historicengland [dot] org [dot] uk

Accessing the journal online

The first 120 years of our journals, from 1844 to 1963, Volumes 1-120, are freely available for download via the Archaeology Data Service.

In addition, all of our journals, from 1844 to present, Volumes 1-172, are now available online to those with password access via our publishers, Taylor & Francis. In order to access the journals, please ensure that you are logged in at the top of the screen before clicking on the button below. Information sheet on accessing/searching back issues of the journal

Please note that subscribing libraries should have their own direct link to the Taylor & Francis website.

Two issues in 2015

New for 2015, the Archaeological Journal has been published in partnership with Taylor & Francis. Volume 172 has been published online in two issues and available to members through the Taylor & Francis website. Both issues have been compiled into the print journal together with an extensive book review section.


The Editor of the Archaeological Journal seeks high-quality contributions for Volume 174 for 2017. The final submission deadline for Volume 174 issue 1 is 1st March 2016. Click here for the full details and please read the guidance for contributors. Submissions should be sent to:

Professor Howard Williams
Honorary Editor, The Archaeological Journal
Department of History & Archaeology
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
howard [dot] williams [at] chester [dot] ac [dot] uk

Book reviews

The extensive reviews section of the journal is highly regarded as providing current scholarly assessments of a wide range of publications of interest to the readership. Book reviews for Volumes 169 (2012) to 171 (2014) are available as downloadable PDFs on this website. Book reviews for Volume 172 onwards are published online and the full text is available to members on the Taylor & Francis website. The most current book reviews can be found under the 'Latest Articles' tab on the Taylor and Francis website, and previews of each review are available to non-members. For lists of book reviews published for Volume 172 onwards, please see our book reviews page.

Books for review should be sent to:

Dr Kate Waddington
Reviews Editor, Archaeological Journal
School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology
Bangor University
LL57 2DG
rai [dot] reviews [at] gmail [dot] com

Summer Meeting Reports

The Institute publishes a report of its summer meeting each year. We hope to digitise back issues of these and make them available to our members shortly.