The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

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Post-Medieval Archaeology is a tri-annual international journal devoted to the study of the archaeology and heritage of the post-medieval period wherever it is found in the world. The journal has always fostered a multidisciplinary approach to the past, exploiting material, textual, iconographic and scientific evidence, and engaged in the latest theoretical debates. From its origins as a journal focussed tightly on Europe between the accession of the Tudors and the first industrial porcelain manufacture in England, Post-Medieval Archaeology has expanded its scope as its readers’ interests have expanded geographically and temporally to take the post-medieval period right up to the present day. Today, the journal welcomes contributions on everything from the medieval to post-medieval transition to the archaeology of the future, and from anywhere in the world where there is an interest in the ‘long’ last half millennium, whether building on established post-medieval archaeological themes or bringing new perspectives with potential to refigure the discipline.

The Editors of Post-Medieval Archaeology welcome original papers of national and international significance that match the aims and scope of the journal. The contents of the submission should be original work that has not been previously published nor submitted for publication elsewhere. All contributions are reviewed anonymously by independent referees. We also welcome shorter Notes, up to 3,000 words in length, on topics related to current research. We publish an annual review of post-medieval archaeology in Britain and Ireland, reporting on the considerable quantity of high quality fieldwork being undertaken throughout the British and Irish Isles.Please contact the editors directly for more information about submitting a paper to the journal. The contents for our latest issue please click here.

It is a condition of publication that papers become the copyright of The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. Funding by grant is not a prerequisite for publication, but contributors presenting papers arising from developer-funded work and from nationally funded organizations in Britain will be asked to contribute to the page preparation and printing costs.


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Co-Editors: James Dixon and Katherine Fennelly

Assistant Editors: Laura McAtackney, Greig Parker, Gwilym Williams, Derwin Gregory, Cait Scott, and Eric Tourigny

Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden Travel, Migration and Material Transformations, 1500-1800

A new view of Sweden’s relations with the world beyond its borders, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

West Country Households, 1500-1700

Edited by John Allan, Nat Alcock, and David Dawson

South-West England has been the focus of some of the most significant work on the early modern house and household in Britain. This volume of papers, written by many leading specialists, summarises the overall understanding of material culture, standing buildings, and their interiors, alongside case studies which publish some of the most remarkable discoveries.

Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands

Edited by Peter Pope and Shannon Lewis-Simpson

Can we approach European expansion to the Americas and elsewhere without colonial triumphalism? A research strategy which automatically treats early establishments overseas as embryonic colonies produces predictable results: in retrospect, some were, some were not. Post-Medieval archaeology has much to contribute to our understanding of the gradual drift of ordinary people - the cast of thousands, anonymous or almost-forgotten behind the famous names of history.

Archaeology, the Public and the Recent Past

Edited by Chris Dalglish

Heritage, memory, community archaeology and the politics of the past form the main strands running through the papers in this volume, which has developed from the SPMA’s annual conference at Glasgow University in September 2010.

The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion

Edited by Chris King and Duncan Sayer

The post-medieval period was one of profound religious and cultural change, of sometimes violent religious conflict and of a dramatic growth in religious pluralism. The essays collected here, in what is the first book to focus on the material evidence, demonstrate the significant contribution that archaeology can make to a deeper understanding of religion.

Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks?

Edited by Audrey Horning and Marilyn Palmer

The impetus for this volume lies in the expansion of interest in Post Medieval archaeology in university, commercial, and voluntary sectors.

Estate Landscapes

Edited by Jonathan Finch and Kate Giles

This volume explores the relationships between the form and structure of British and Colonial estate landscapes, their agricultural management and the political structures and social relationships they reproduced. The articles address themes as diverse as the creation and development of the agrarian landscape, improvement, ornamental landscapes and gardens and estate architecture.

The Archaeology of Industrialization

Edited by David Barker and David Cranstone

‘Industrial’ and ‘post-medieval’ archaeology have traditionally been seen as two separate disciplines, with different roots and very different intellectual interests, thus separating production from consumption and leaving the study of non-industrial aspects of 19th and 20th century society in a disciplinary no-man’s land. This volume, emanating from a joint conference of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Association for Industrial Archaeology held in Bristol in 1999, aims to break down the barriers, both cultural and chronological, between the two disciplines.

The Archaeology of Reformation 1480 - 1580

Edited by David Gaimster and Roberta Gilchrist

This volume contains contributions given at the Archaeology of Reformation conference, which was hosted jointly by the Societies for Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology. Papers are spread across five themes: public worship and iconoclasm, private devotion and material culture, Dissolution landscapes and secular power, corporate charity and Reformation, and burial and commemoration. The essays discuss the extent to which the study of buildings, graveyards, funerary monuments and domestic artefacts can enhance our understanding of the religious, social and cultural changes generated by the Reformation.

Cities in the World, 1500 - 2000

Edited by Adrian Green and Roger Leech

In 2002 the annual conference of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology was directed at a theme of international interest, Cities in the World, 1500-2000. This volume results from that conference and sets out to investigate a wide range of new archaeological and historical approaches to the development of large towns and cities in Britain, Europe and the world in the early modern period.

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Statement from the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology on the EAA Conference in Budapest

SPMA seeks new Ordinary Members of Council

Call for PMA Reviews Editor

2021 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture


PMA in Context seminar

SPMA response to the closure of the archaeology department at the University of Worcester

Statement on Liverpool’s loss of World Heritage status

Expressions of Interest sought for new EDI Officer role

EDI Statement

Deadline for SPMA Undergraduate Dissertation prize 2021 approaching

SPMA response to the University of Sheffield review

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2021

Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology statement on the DCMS heritage summit

Post-Medieval Archaeology seeking new Editorial Advisory Board members

2020 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

First Announcement: Call for papers AIECM3

SPMA seeks new members of Council

SPMA seeks new Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

Post-Medieval Archaeology Twitter Conference - #PMAC20

PMAC2020 Cancelled

London’s 18th-Century Porcelain Industry - A Workshop

2019 AGM Papers and Full Accounts available

PMAC 2020 Call for Papers - closes 31 January

Cancelled: Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2020

2019 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

SPMA seeks new members of Council

A Study Day in Memory of the late Kenneth James Barton

Conference: One Thousand Years of Ceramic Innovation

AGM papers and Full Accounts available

2018 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019

SPMA seeks new Ordinary Members of Council

2017 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture now online

Archaeologia Postmedievale: Special Offer for SPMA Members

Call for Papers for Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2018

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2018

SPMA seeks new Ordinary Members of Council, and Editors for Monograph series and Journal

2017 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

Call for Papers: SPMA session at EAA Maastricht 2017

Conference: Late Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology in Germany, Britain and Ireland

PMAC2017: Call for Papers

Paul Courtney Student Travel Award-holders

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2017

Framing the Post-Medieval: Approaches to Regional & National Research Frameworks

SPMA seeks two new Ordinary Members of Council

50th Anniversary Issue of ‘Post-Medieval Archaeology’

2016 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

2016 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

2015 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 50th Anniversary Conference

PMAC 2016 Conference Pack

Booking now open for our 50th Anniversary Congress

2015 AGM

Society Offer: Lost Country Houses of Norfolk, History, Archaeology and Myth

SPMA seeks Student Rep for Council

New Paul Courtney Student Travel Award

Paul Courtney Congress Bursary Award

Conference Registration: Coastal and Maritime Archaeology of the Modern Era

SPMA seeks Treasurer and two Ordinary Members for Council

Research Grants: next deadline on 1st September

SPMA Research Grants and Community Engagement Award

Dissertation Prize Winners for 2014

Community Engagement Award-holders

Research Grant Award-holders

Postgraduate Prize Winners

Undergraduate Prize Winners

Audrey Horning awarded 2014 James Mooney Award

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress: 50 years of SPMA

Call for Papers: Coastal and Maritime Archaeology of the Modern Era

Annual Conference 2015: Coastal and Maritime Archaeology of the Modern Era

IPMAG’s annual conference, 30 January - 1 February

New Community Engagement Award

2015 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture on Monday 15 December

‘To Clapham’s I go’: a mid-late 18th century Cambridge coffeehouse

25% discount on monographs for SPMA members

Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture 2014

SPMA joins the campaign to save the Wedgwood Collection

Journal of the Month!

Post-graduate Day Conference

2014 Geoff Egan Memorial Lecture

SPMA seeks two Ordinary Members for Council

Issue 48:1 of our journal is out now!

Registration for ‘Conflict in Context’ now open