Online access to the Archaeological Journal

The Royal Archaeological Institute has been working hard to make back issues of the Archaeological Journal available online.

Volumes 1-120

Our first 120 journals (1844-1964) are freely available to read and download through the Archaeology Data Service. We will be looking at scanning the indexes relating to these journals soon.

Volumes 121-160 (1965-2003) and Summer Meeting Reports

These journals and our full run of Summer Meeting Reports are not currently available online; scanning them is our next priority.

Volumes 161-168 (2004-present)

Our most recent eight years of journals are available online to current ordinary members and subscribing libraries. If you are a member and would like access, please e-mail us and you will be issued with a username and password in order to log into the website and access this page.

These same eight journals are available on a pay-per-view basis to non-members through the Council of British Archaeology's ArchLib service. ArchLib also enables a full text search of these journals.

Piltdown centenary

The Piltdown finds by judy_breck CC BY-SA 2.0 via FlickrThe Piltdown finds by judy_breck CC BY-SA 2.0 via FlickrIn addition, to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the Piltdown Man, we have made freely available a recent article relating to this fascinating hoax.

McNabb, J. 2006 'The Lying Stones of Sussex: an Investigation into the Role of the Flint Tools in the Development of the Piltdown Forgery' Archaeological Journal 163: 1-41. Download PDF

Dr John McNabb, University of Southampton, explains:
"The centenary of Piltdown is upon us. This will be an important year for the Piltdown 'industry'. No doubt the conspiracy theorists will be as busy as the scientists who are looking into the whole matter once more. Irrespective of who-dunnit, the Piltdown forgery is an invaluable insight into the expectations and practices of post-Edwardian science in Britain. We should never allow the hype that surrounds it to obscure the important information we can glean from it on the history of our discipline. The artefacts from the forgery have long been neglected in favour of the more glamorous so-called human remains. Yet they are a key part of the forgery's development and of the intent of the forger. To the best of my knowledge, my article was the first to explore the role of the artefacts in any detail. I am delighted the RAI has chosen to highlight it as part of their own ongoing contribution to archaeology in Britain and the world."

You can find out more about the Piltdown hoax on the Natural History Museum website.