The first-ever Archaeological Journal published with Taylor & Francis – vol. 172 issue 1 for 2015 – is now published (as of 28 January 2015) and available online, comprising of four articles. Each edition of the Journal has a different geographical and chronological range. Vol. 172 issue 1 has articles ranging from Scotland to Cornwall, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages.
First up we have an article on a Scottish Neolithic chambered tomb excavation by Vicki Cummings (UCLan) and Gary Robinson (Bangor University). Investigating the ‘Clyde cairn’ monument of Blasthill, southern Kintyre, they explore phases in the site’s use from the early Neolithic into the Bronze Age, extracting new radiocarbon dates but also investigating the architectural dimensions to the monument.
Next we have Andy M. Jones with an exploration of ritual and dwelling at a Middle Bronze Age settlement in Mid-Cornwall, looking at the biographies of roundhouses, cairns and the persistence of Early Bronze Age mounds in the environs of the Middle Bronze Age settlements at Scarcewater.
Craig Cessford of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit reports on large-scale excavations of a medieval hospital cemetery population from St John’s medieval hospital, Cambridge. As well as investigating the demography and palaeopathological conditions affecting the skeletons, the report has new insights into funerary practice, and the planning and organisation of medieval hospital cemeteries.
Finally, we have the long-awaited results of MOLA excavations at Bull Wharf, City of London, exploring the post-Roman and Late Anglo-Saxon waterfront and dock at Aethelred’s Hithe by Julian Ayre and Robin Wroe-Brown. This has more intriguing burial archaeology – some middle Anglo-Saxon female foreshore burials – plus detailed and rich evidence, with outstanding organic preservation – for the development of London as a port in the later Anglo-Saxon period.
The Journal is available to subscribing libraries and to all members of the Royal Archaeological Institute. You can join the RAI here and gain access to this volume and 171 back issues too.
From an archaeodeath perspective, while burial evidence it is in no way a criteria for inclusion, it is exciting that all four papers have mortuary archaeology dimensions, and so this first Taylor & Francis publication of the Journal serves to foreground the rich range of mortuary archaeological investigations from prehistory to the Middle Ages across the British Isles, as well as serving to higlight the close intertwining of mortuary with settlement studies.