Scottish Archaeological Journal

Scottish Archaeological Journal publishes work which furthers the study of the archaeology of Scotland and neighbouring regions from the earliest prehistory to the present. The journal includes a range of papers reporting on fieldwork, discussion of museum collections and consideration of the social and intellectual context of Scottish archaeology. In addition to documenting new discoveries, the journal promotes scholarly discussion and debate by encouraging the submission of papers of synthesis and analysis.

Book reviews, a distinctive feature of the journal since its establishment (as the Glasgow Archaeological Journal) in 1969, provide a critical perspective on Scottish archaeology and a well-established forum for scholarly debate. In addition to books, recent volumes of the journal have reviewed new museums, exhibitions and research on Scotland published in periodical literature.

Published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Glasgow Archaeological Society.

Published Mar & Oct

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Latest articles

Volume 33 (1-2)

Dalrymple Lecture Series 2013–2014
Mike Parker Pearson, vol. 33 (1-2): v-v
Introduction: Archaeological theory and Scottish archaeology in practice
Daniel Sahlén, vol. 33 (1-2): 1-5
From hard to soft: theory and Neolithic studies in Scotland
Kenneth Brophy, vol. 33 (1-2): 7-19
Grave-goods, contexts and interpretation: towards regional narratives of Early Bronze Age Scotland
Neil C.A. Wilkin, vol. 33 (1-2): 21-37
What does early Christianity look like? Mortuary archaeology and conversion in Late Iron Age Scotland
Adrián Maldonado, vol. 33 (1-2): 39-54
View from the Norse: applying island theory to the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland
Elizabeth Pierce, vol. 33 (1-2): 55-65
The journalist, the minister and the lost cairnfield of Cathkin Braes
Jim Mearns, vol. 33 (1-2): 67-78
One Island, Many Voices: Bute, Archaeology and the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme By Paul J.R. Duffy (ed.). Pp. 174. ISBN 9781907730238. Donington, Lincolnshire: Paul Watkins, 2013. £24.00 (hb).
Jim Mearns, vol. 33 (1-2): 79-80
The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall By Lawrence Keppie. Pp. 169, 100 illus. ISBN 9781908332004. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2012. £30.00 (hb).
Richard Hingley, vol. 33 (1-2): 81-82
Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses By Mike C. Bishop. Pp. 208. ISBN 9781848841383. Barnsley, S. Yorkshire: Pen & Sword, 2012. £19.99 (pb). Accompanying website:
Rebecca H. Jones, vol. 33 (1-2): 83-84
Worlds of Arthur: Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages By Guy Halsall. Pp. 384, 20 black and white illus., 15 maps. ISBN 9780199658176. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. £20.00 (hb).
Tim Clarkson, vol. 33 (1-2): 84-86
Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas By David Clarke, Alice Blackwell and Martin Goldberg. Pp. 256. ISBN 9781905267637. Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland Enterprises, 2012. £30.00 (hb).
Elizabeth Pierce, vol. 33 (1-2): 86-88
The Northern Earldoms: Orkney and Caithness from AD 870 to 1470 By Barbara E. Crawford. Pp. 440; 46 colour illus., 11 black and white plates. ISBN 9781904607915. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2013. £25.00 (hb).
Neil McGuigan, vol. 33 (1-2): 88-90

Volume 32 (2)

Archaeology in the shadow of Vesuvius
vol. 32 (2): 0-0
Adriatic Sea trade in a European perspective
vol. 32 (2): 95-119
Mount or motte? Recent excavations at Montfode, Ardrossan
vol. 32 (2): 121-135
The use of information theory to determine the language character type of Pictish symbols
vol. 32 (2): 137-176
Excavation at Tollpark Roman Temporary Camp, North Lanarkshire
vol. 32 (2): 177-197
An organically rich medieval midden and other finds from the Top of the Town, Stirling
vol. 32 (2): 199-218
A View from the West: The Neolithic of the Irish Sea Zone By Vicki Cummings. Pp. 219. ISBN 9781842173626. Oxford, Oxbow. 2009. £35 (pb).
vol. 32 (2): 219-221