Anthropology & Archaeology

2020 was a year unlike any other, and we’ve brought together a selection of top content reflecting the year in Anthropology and Archaeology. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Christi Lue, Stephanie Cohen and Shinjini Chatterjee, Springer Anthropology and Archaeology Editors

Publications in the archaeology program this year include some exciting new titles as well as updated editions to our past successes. Highlights from this year include the Handbook for the Analysis of Micro-particles in Archaeological Samples, Archaeologies of the Heart, as well as the Springerbrief, Prehistory of the Sudan. We’re also looking forward to the forthcoming title Reading Prehistoric Human Tracks.

Recently, we’ve published the Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology as well as an update to the textbook, The Archaeologist’s Laboratory: The Analysis of Archaeological Evidence.

Finally, the first title in Springer Nature and UNESCO’s new open access books partnership is a publication in heritage on The Future of the Bamiyan Buddha Statues.

Our journals portfolio has also seen a year of increased subscriptions and download rates, updated and enhanced Editorial Board membership, and in many cases, increased turnaround time for both special and regular issues. 2020 has been a busy year for several new Editors-in-Chief that we welcomed to the program, including for the Journal of Archaeological Research, Human Nature, and Historical Archaeology. We’re excited to showcase these titles at upcoming virtual conferences in 2021, including SHA, EAA, SAA and WAC.

Elizabeth Graber, Senior Editor, Sociology and Anthropology, Palgrave Macmillan

Elizabeth Graber

In what has been a very difficult year for everyone, not least our authors, I am delighted that the anthropology list has continued to publish cutting edge research by leading academics working at the forefronts of their field, throughout 2020. We are particularly proud of the timely and accessible paperback titles that have published this year, as well as the incredible sales and usage of new books in our many prestigious anthropology series. We will continue to expand the list into 2021 with new textbook, handbook and major reference work formats, to sit alongside our high quality monographs and edited collections - so please do get in touch with any new proposal ideas!