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Cambridge Archaeological Journal

CAJ 23-3 coverCambridge Archaeological Journal

The Cambridge Archaeological Journal (ISSN 0959-7743) was founded in 1991 as one of the key initiatives of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. It has come to be recognized as one of the leading journals in archaeological theory. CAJ is published three times a year in February, June and October with articles available online earlier. It covers significant archaeological research, both theoretical and descriptive.

We are keen to receive articles and other material that deals with broadly-defined social, symbolic and cognitive issues such as art and iconography, burial and ritual, representations and symbolism, and the evolution of human cognition. We aim to promote research into these issues, and to provoke discussion and debate.

CAJ has no restriction on period or place, and we are happy to receive material from any part of the world. Recently published papers have spanned the whole range of archaeology from the Lower Palaeolithic to Colonialism, and from the Pacific to Central Asia, from Maya cities to Neolithic northwest Europe.

CAJ is distributed and marketed through Cambridge University Press. More details and subscription information are available at Cambridge Journals Online.


All manuscripts should be submitted via CAJ's online submission system, which can be found at:

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published, and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance of a paper, the author will be asked to assign copyright (on certain conditions) to the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

Articles should normally be up to 12,000 words (including references), but longer articles will be considered if their length is justified. There is also provision for shorter notes of up to 5000 words. In the case of articles (though not shorter notes) an abstract of up to 180 words should be supplied. In both cases the affiliation and email address of each author should appear just before the references and a 50-word biography of each author specifying current academic position, subject interests and any relevant publications should be included after the bibliography.

All figures will be published in colour online if desired. Figures for revised versions which have been accepted for publication should be submitted as individual high-quality digital files. There is some scope for including online supplementary material.

Manuscript Preparation (upon acceptance)

For matters of style, prospective contributors should use the current issue of the Journal as a guide to preferred practice. Manuscripts may be submitted as written but if accepted must be converted to journal style before the article can go into production. Detailed house-style guidelines are available here online (.pdf). Please contact the Production Manager (Dora Kemp) if you have any further queries about CAJ's house style.

CAJ contacts


John Robb -

Associate Editors

Elizabeth DeMarrais - 

Augusta McMahon -

Book Reviews

Katherine Boyle -

Production Manager

Dora Kemp -


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