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New deadline February 15 for call for papers: Promises and Impasses of Digital Archaeology

2 February 2021

We all have gone digital! Online atlases, GIS databases, drone photography, precision mapping, web-gazetteers, meta- and para- data, semantic mapping, text mining, and social network analysis are only to name a few. These are inspiring times, thanks to the advancements in information technologies. However, the academic landscape is still full of unfulfilled digital promises and persistent limitations. Today, some reflexive questions are more important than ever. In particular, when, how and why do our digital archaeology tools fail? Do we initiate our digital projects with a digital wand and (implicitly or explicitly) expect a magical solution? Are we too ambitious in our digital archaeology research proposals? And if/when there is indeed a digital solution, it comes at what expense? 

In this call, we loosely define the term digital: from the introduction of spreadsheets to state-of-the-art machine learning. In doing so, we would like to shift our focus from the vast potential of digital archaeology to its deficiencies and wrong-paths it might have put us since the early days of the use of computers in our discipline.

We are looking for contributions from established scholars and ask for their opinions as to the ways they have been observing the digital paradigm change in archaeology. We also hope to get submissions from early-stage researchers who have been only doing archaeology digitally. In particular, we ask them to define their critical vision of the (seemingly unavoidable) neo-digital future.

There is room for 10 to 12 papers with 8000 to 10000 words each. Maximum 5 figures and 2-3 tables per contribution.  

The edited volume is published in open access in the Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia series by Sidestone Press.

Schedule and deadlines

  • Abstract Deadline: 15 February 2021
  • Submissions Deadline: 01 August 2021 
  • End of Peer Reviewing Process : 01 December 2021
  • Final version submissions by the authors: 15 January 2022 
  • Expected date of publication: 01 July 2022


For questions about the Call for Papers as well as sending in abstracts, please contact Karsten Lambers and Tuna Kalayci.

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