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Archaeology of East Asia, a BAR sub-series

Series Editor: Dr Anke Hein (University of Oxford, UK).

In recent years, the archaeology of East Asia has been receiving increasing interest among scholars world-wide, leading to an upsurge in publications in western languages as well as an increase of presentations and panels on that topic at international archaeological conferences. Within this trend, most publishing houses tend to favour textbook-type overviews or big-picture stories; what has been missing so far is a venue to publish archaeological material and in-depth analyses that can provide a greater audience access to evidence previously unpublished or only accessible through articles in not-easily-accessible venues or languages. Likewise lacking are publication venues for conference proceedings that summarize the most recent findings and insights in a timely manner.

This is where this new series sits, providing a platform for data-rich studies on a variety of topics and materials from all over East Asia as well as conference proceedings reflecting the newest research insights and trends. The series takes a regional approach to East Asia, encouraging projects that cross national borders even into adjoining regions and/or cover areas usually overlooked in main-stream research. This includes all parts of China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, the Russian Far East, the Tibetan Plateau as a whole, and the northern reaches of Southeast Asia. Especially encouraged are submissions proposing and conducting new approaches and methods in all aspects of archaeology including scientific techniques, spatial analysis, various digital methods, but also theory and model-based or traditional chronology-focused studies.

There are options for colour-illustrations, extensive appendices, and/or digital content where appropriate.

Route to publication

  1.  Contact Series Editor  and Commissioning Editor to express interest at any stage of the project.
  2. Fill out new proposal submission form to provide key details on scope of the project.
  3. If the Series Editor agrees that the title appears to be a good ‘fit’ for the sub series, and once manuscript is at least 85% complete, appropriate reviewers will be sourced in consultation with the editorial board and BAR will send for peer review.
  4. In 4-6 weeks BAR will send feedback from reviews to authors and Series Editors.
  5. If review feedback is positive, any changes to the manuscript will be agreed, with corresponding deadlines and a contract offered.
  6. BAR will provide submission guidelines and templates and offer support and advice on manuscript preparation.
  7. Following manuscript delivery, production times are 6-8 weeks depending on complexity/length of text and number of projects in the pipeline.
  8. On publication you will receive 10 complementary copies of your book and the Editor will receive 1 copy.  Further copies can be purchased using your 35% author discount.

Sales and Marketing

BAR has a huge database of customers and contacts made up of booksellers, libraries and individuals built up over 40+ years.  Your book will be promoted and sold all over the world.  We will work with you to maximise the reach and impact of your book within the field.

  • Our BAR catalogues of forthcoming and published titles are sent to BAR customers, potential customers, libraries and booksellers worldwide.
  • Your book will be available for purchase on the BAR website, Amazon and all other key bookseller sites.
  • An email announcement is sent upon publication of your book to the members of the BAR Alert email mailing list service.
  • BAR attends archaeological conferences where BARs are displayed and available for sale.
  • Your book will be sent out for review to relevant journals and periodicals.
  • We will research and follow up specific sales and marketing opportunities for your book.
  • Your book will never be out of print.  After an initial print run has sold your book will always be available to purchase in our print on demand programme.

Editorial board

Dr Ursula Brosseder (University of Bonn, Germany) – expertise in the archaeology of Central Asia, Mongolia, especially historical archaeology

Dr. Katherine Brunson (Brown University, US) – expertise in Chinese archaeology, zooarchaeology, biomolecular approaches in archaeology

Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA, US) – expertise in Chinese archaeology and art, especially historical archaeology, history of archaeology in China

Prof. Rowan Flad (Harvard, US) – expertise in Chinese archaeology, especially prehistoric archaeology

Dr Minku Kim (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) – expertise in Buddhist archaeology and art

Prof. Hongliang Lü (Sichuan University, China) – expertise in the archaeology of the Tibetan Plateau

Dr Jade d’Alpoim Guedes (University of California, San Diego (UCSD), US) – expertise in the archaeology of the Tibetan Plateau, plaeoethnobotany, environmental modelling

Dr. Mark Hudson (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany) – expertise in the archaeology of the Japanese Islands, hunter-gatherers, linguistic archaeology, environmental change

Dr Xinwei Li (Academy of Social Sciences, China) – expertise in Chinese archaeology

Prof. Yangjin Pak (Chungnam National University, Korea) – expertise in Korean archaeology, especially Bronze Age

Prof. Gideon Shelach-Lavi (Hebrew University, Israel) – expertise in Chinese archaeology, especially the northern steppe, survey and landscape archaeology

Dr Shinya Shoda (Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Japan) – expertise in Korean and Japanese archaeology, biomolecular archaeology

Dr Sharon Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) – expertise in the archaeology of South China and Southeast Asia, ceramics research

Dr Joshua Wright (University of Aberdeen, UK) – expertise in the archaeology of Northeast Asia, especially Mongolia, survey methods, spatial analysis



Thank you for your interest in publishing in the BAR Archaeology of East Asia sub series

We look forward to working with you.

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