In keeping with our Northern focus and high-latitude specialism, the Department of Archaeology runs its own 'Archaeology of the North' book series, encompassing the cross-cutting dimensions of the ‘Archaeology of the North’, published with Cambridge University Press.

Books published in the series will include:

  • Synthetic regional studies of prehistoric trajectories of culture-change
  • The settlement and colonisation of northern landscapes
  • Diasporas, culture contacts, interaction and exchange
  • The dispersal of technological innovations through northern social networks
  • Human experiences of climatic and environmental change (including sustainable management and/or overexploitation of vulnerable northern resources)
  • Archaeology of northern religion and world-view (including shamanism, animism and other forms of belief, and their role in human-animal and human-environment relations, including rock art and ritual landscape studies)
  • Funerary archaeology of northern populations (including bioarchaeological studies of diet, demography, health and mobility integrated with cultural interpretations of funerary practices, social identities and life histories)
  • Historical archaeology of the northern world (including initial culture-contacts between early states and local northern communities; the archaeology of later periods characterised by new kinds of economic, political and social relationships between settlers, trappers, whalers, traders, tax collectors and northern indigenous hunters and herders; the economic archaeology of trapping, whaling and mining)
  • Northern indigenous archaeology and cultural heritage management (including missionary impacts on local religions and practices)
  • Ethnoarchaeological and ethnohistoric analyses of northern life-ways among historically-descendant communities

Book Formats

Building on the core themes and strategic research goals the ‘North’ series will publish:

  • Thematic and/or theory-led single- or multi-authored books, including those adopting either a localised or a more general circumpolar comparative orientation
  • Concise, well-integrated edited collections - united by a substantial introductory essay - that assemble leading specialists to address a specific debate, approach or theme

Scholars interested in publishing books in the series are encouraged to make informal contacts with the series editors in the first instance.


Books published in the series will appeal directly to specialist readers, university researchers, teachers and students interested in key branches of archaeology, including hunter-gatherer studies, funerary archaeology, indigenous archaeology, and also those interested in the archaeology of (pre)historic interaction, colonisation, diasporas, cross-cultural contacts and long-term human experiences of severe environmental change.

Series Editors

  • Dr. Peter Jordan, University of Aberdeen
  • Prof. Neil Price, University of Aberdeen
  • Prof. Charlotte Damm, University College Galway