A word About the Review
Only a small portion of human history exists in
written form. Much the greater part of that record, when it can
be found, exists as archaeological collections from sites which
may range from readily-seen surficial remains to the far more common
occurrences of buried traces found by accident or as a result of
determined scientific search. The interpretation of these remains
is time-consuming, often equivocal, and always dependant upon other
sciences likewise involved in reconstructing past landscapes. A
major part of archaeological discourse revolves about the interpretations
of these evidences.
While the Review of Archaeology is primarily
directed to those professionally engaged in the concerned fields,
it may be read with profit and enjoyment by anyone with strong interests
in archaeology, palaeontology, studies of the Quaternary period,
and methods of dating, as these subjects are studied and published
on in various parts of the world.
The Contributing Editors select publications that,
in their judgment, merit critical attention. From time to time articles
may be solicited from invited reviewers. In either case, he, or
she, then determines the form of the review and its length. The
reviews may focus on a single publication or upon several. For the
most part, the subjects are research reports and syntheses of research
issued in the form of books, monographs, and even short articles.
ROA articles are generally lengthy allowing the
authors to consider broadly, and in depth, the matters brought up
by the publication. Thus, for the reader the resulting articles
are interesting, searching, informative, and intellectually engaging.
As a measure of this assertion, on occasion the review article may
be as long or longer than the publication reviewed.
ROA was originally The Quarterly Review of Archaeology
and was issued in the format of a tabloid newspaper. The change
to the current format was made in 1989.
In addition to the diversity of literature reviews
that normally characterize ROA issues, now, from time to time, the
Review publishes Special Issues which are devoted to one particular
subject. These issues are usually complied by one of the Contributing
Editors or a scholar selected by them. The Special Issue editor
also selects as contributors those considered best qualified for
the particular subject. A listing of special Issues may be found
in following pages.
The journal is published