The aim of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology is to provide a forum for the publication of papers dealing with all aspects of the study of human and animal bones from archaeological contexts. The journal will publish original research papers, short reports and commentaries dealing with human or animal bone research from all areas of the world. All papers are subject to rigorous peer review.
Our main aim is to publish theoretically informed studies that explore how human and animal remains can be examined to provide detailed and nuanced information about the behaviour and ideology of past cultures. Population level studies of archaeological material are encouraged from any of the following areas of work:
Methodology papers on aging, sexing and taphonomic factors that advance current practice are considered for publication but they must demonstrate clear and widespread applicability in archaeological contexts.
Palaeopathology studies of human and animal diseases are encouraged especially as diagnosed and interpreted from skeletal remains, including radiographic, histological, biochemical and immunological studies. Case studies of isolated pathologies or from single individuals are not accepted unless they are truly unique, important and representative of a never before reported upon phenomena. While studies of modern pathology may be considered, they must demonstrate clear and widespread applicability in archaeological contexts
Biomolecular analyses (DNA, isotopes, proteomics) exploring issues of human and animal diet, mobility, relationships or exposure to toxic substances are considered
The journal is aimed principally towards all those with a professional interest in the study of ancient and historic human and animal bones. This includes archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, anthropologists, human and animal bone specialists, palaeopathologists and medical historians. We also hope to attract and encourage students and others for whom this field is of serious but peripheral interest.