Call for expressions of interest to publish the EAA monograph series Themes in Contemporary Archaeology

The EAA is seeking a new publisher who is interested in accepting a three-year contract to continue the publication, distribution and promotion of the EAA’s own monograph series, Themes in Contemporary Archaeology (hereafter Themes).

The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) is a non-profit making, membership-based association open to all archaeologists and other related or interested individuals or bodies. The primary objectives of the EAA are to promote the development of archaeological research and the exchange of archaeological information in Europe and to promote the management and interpretation of the European archaeological heritage.  The EAA currently has over 12000 current and former members on its database working or studying world-wide in all aspects of archaeology and related disciplines.


Series aims
The monographs in the Themes in Contemporary Archaeology series provide cutting edge perspectives on key areas of debate in current archaeological research, with a particular emphasis on European archaeology. The series, published in English, is intended to have a broad coverage, encompassing all periods and archaeological approaches, from theoretical debate to archaeological practice.

Selection and editorial process
The multi-author volumes are selected for publication on the basis of presentations given at sessions held at the Annual Meetings of the European Association of Archaeologists. Each volume undergoes strict peer-review, ensuring a high quality publication that captures and encourages the current debate. The Series Editors, appointed by the EAA, are:

  • Kristian Kristiansen (Professor of Archaeology, Dept. of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Eszter Bánffy (Director of the Romano-Germanic Commission at the German Archaeological Institute, Professor at the Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Peter Attema (Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Cyprian Broodbank (Editor until 2017: Disney Professor of Archaeology, Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
The Series Editors are assisted by an appointed EAA Advisory Board, comprising international academics with a diverse range of expertise within the field of archaeology.

Previous monographs in the series
To date a total of six volumes have been published by Maney Publishing and Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group between 2014 – 2018

  • Assembling Çatalhöyük (vol 1.), Eds: Ian Hodder, Arkadiusz Marciniak
  • Trypillia Mega-Sites and European Prehistory, 4100-3400 BCE (vol 2), Eds: Johannes Múller, Knut Rassmann, Mykhailo Videiko
  • Going West? The Dissemination of Neolithic Innovations between the Bosporus and the Carpathians (vol. 3), Eds: Agathe Reingruber, Zoi Tsirtsoni, Petranka Nedelcheva
  • Isotopic Investigations of Pastoralism in Prehistory (vol 4), Eds: Alicia R. Ventresca Miller, Cheryl A. Makarewicz
  • Conflict Archaeology. Materialities of Collective Violence from Prehistory to Late Antiquity (vol 5), Eds: Manuel Fernándz-Gotz, Nico Roymans
  • Historical Archaeologies of Transhumance across Europe (vol. 6), Eds: Eugene Costello, Eva Svensson

A number of new monographs have been accepted for publication by the Themes Editoral Board and are currently in different stages of preparation. These will form part of the new contract. The total production process is aimed at being no longer than 18 – 24 months


Values to be reflected in the publication of Themes
Quality: a commitment to the production of academic monographs of the highest quality, for the benefit of EAA members, authors and the wider archaeological and academic community;
Ambition: a commitment to increase the dissemination of the Series, and to enhance its ranking and citation;
Value for money: Series volumes are to be sold at a reasonable price (at reduced price to EAA members);
Communication and collaboration: the publisher is expected to work closely and in cooperation with the EAA in both the production and promotion of the Series;
Transparency: in decision-making, in all phases and aspects of the publication process;
Circulation/accessibility, to enable easy access for a wide audience, in both printed and digital formats. Publishers are strongly encouraged to consider Open Access options.


Technical details (based on volumes 1-6)

  • Design: maintain the current Series design
  • Typical volume length: 256 pp
  • Page format: A4 (297x210 mm)
  • Paper quality equivalent to the European Journal of Archaeology
  • Colour: at least 32 pages of colour (possibly full colour)
  • Cover: four colour printed with a basic scheme, customized per volume
  • Print run: up to 500 copies
  • Price: to be agreed, but generally not exceeding €75,00
  • Online version: with e-book price; single downloadable chapters/articles, with DOI
  • Frequency per year: two (2) to six (6) volumes
  • Production schedule: from an EAA Annual Meeting to publication, presently 12 – 24 months


All Expressions of Interest should be received before: Tuesday 12 March 2019 23:59 CET
Please address all correspondence to Sylvie Květinová (EAA Administrator): (email correspondence only. Postal submissions will not be considered).
Further details concerning the Series, contractual agreements and responsibilities to be made between EAA and publisher, as well as the selection criteria to be applied within this procedure, will be sent to registered parties before: Tuesday 26 March 2019 23:59 CET.
Registered parties will have the opportunity to submit any questions they may have prior to the deadline for submissions.
Final tenders will need to be submitted before the deadline of: Tuesday 30 April 2019 23:59 CET.
It is envisaged that the final selection will take place before: Friday 31 May 2019 23:59 CET.

Registered parties will be informed by the EAA of any changes to the abovementioned dates.