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ArchAtlas Journal essays are visual in nature: one way to think of them is as a sequence of informative slides with detailed commentary, rather than as textual essays. ArchAtlas Workshops are themed one-day informal conferences consisting of 6 to 8 presentations held at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield. Workshop papers are generally published as a group in the Journal. If you have an idea for a Workshop and would like to discuss it, please contact us.

We also welcome submissions of occasional papers in the ArchAtlas Journal from scholars and students working on material relevant to the goals of the site. As with any normal scholarly publication, essays should be referenced, with good organisation of material and progressive arguments. Submissions are reviewed for quality and suitability of theme and edited for language and format by members of the ArchAtlas Team or external referees where necessary.

We encourage people to be creative, to take advantage of the medium, and consider ways of making the site interactive if appropriate, and also to link beyond the essay to other visual essays, the OpenAtlas or indeed external web links and publications. If there are specific types of media you want to submit or have any particular requirements, please let us know.

Checklist for submission (see guidelines below):

Slide images (as PowerPoint or numbered sequence of TIFFs)
Main text and captions (as Word or RTF document)
Bibliography (as Word or RTF document)
Abstract and Keywords (as Word or RTF document)
Site list with co-ordinates (as Excel, CSV, Word or RTF document)

If you have any questions, would like to submit a paper or a workshop proposal, please contact us at

Submission Guidelines

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1. Slide Images

Visual essays in the ArchAtlas journal are primarily visual, hence slides should be of a high quality and scholarly nature. Any relevant images may be used (with due attribution and permissions - see Copyright below). In addition to other image types, ArchAtlas encourages contributors to make use of remotely sensed imagery and coloured GIS mapping data in their slides to frame the spatial relationships and explanations in a more textured, informative and engaging way. While the text of the visual essays frames the particular arguments of your essay, the careful use of satellite imagery enables multiple readings of the slides as readers can both take account of the labelled features and make their own interpretations from the surrounding backdrop of the imagery.


  • Powerpoint format: .PPT slide images. Images will appear on the page in the slide's format.
  • Sequence of numbered JPEGs or TIFFs: not to exceed 1000 pixels in width.


A list of short captions may be included for figures and Powerpoint slides, numbered and related to filenames/PPT files. These should correspond to the figure numbers in the text. Captions should be kept short, approximately 1-2 sentences in length, and contain relevant copyright information if necessary (see Copyright below). These captions are separate from the main text (below). Optionally, captions may also be incorporated into the slides themselves.

2. Main text

The main text is the framework script for the visual essay showing the order of the slides and framing the arguments text that surrounds.

  • Submitted as a word document
  • Should include:
    • a full title (including subtitles)
    • a shortened title (no more than 6 words)
    • your name as you wish it to appear
    • your institutional affiliation
  • Subheadings should be clearly marked.
  • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum.
  • Foreign or unusual characters highlighted.
  • Single quotation marks (double inverted commas should be reserved for a quotation within a quotation).
  • Spellings should follow the Concise Oxford Dictionary.


Within square brackets, the sequence of slide images should be marked with corresponding numbers to the list of figures (eg. [Fig. 1] or [Slide 1]). Also note that a list of short captions may accompany the list of figures (see above).

CITATION WITHIN TEXT (also see Bibliography below)

(Sherratt et al. 2002) for
Sherratt, A., C. Roughley and C. Shell 2002, 'Past records, new views: Carnac 1830-2000', Antiquity 76:218-23.

(Sherratt 2006, 66) for page 66 in
Sherratt, A. 2004. 'Fractal Farmers: patterns of Neolithic origins and dispersal' pp. 53-63 in J. Cherry, C. Scarre and S. Shennan (eds) Explaining Social Change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew, Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


All links should be tagged with:

  • [Ex LINK] Hyperlinks to external sites within the text should include the complete URL and the name of linking site.
  • [A LINK] Links within your own text should indicate [A LINK anchor 1] for the home of the link and [A Link 1] for the link to 'anchor 1'.
  • [Rel LINK] Relative links to other pages within the ArchAtlas site should refer to the name and URL of the page.

3. Bibliography

The bibliography should be included within the document containing the main text. The following are guidelines:


Sherratt, A. 1996. Economy and Society in Prehistoric Europe: changing perspectives, Edinburgh:Princeton University Press.

Journal Article:
Sherratt, A. 2002, 'Darwin among the archaeologists: the John Evans nexus and the Borneo caves', Antiquity 76: 151-7.

Sumner, W. M. 1972, Cultural Development in the Kur River Basin, Iran: an archaeological analysis of settlement patterns, PhD Dissertation: University of Pennsylvania.


Sherratt, A., C. Roughley and C. Shell 2002, 'Past records, new views: Carnac 1830-2000', Antiquity 76:218-23.


Sherratt, A. 2004. 'Fractal Farmers: patterns of Neolithic origins and dispersal' pp. 53-63 in J. Cherry, C. Scarre and S. Shennan (eds) Explaining Social Change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew, Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


Delougaz, P. and H.J. Kantor (eds) 1996, Chogha Mish Volume 1: The First Five Seasons of Excavations 1961-1971, Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications 101, Oriental Institute.


Sherratt, A. Forthcoming. 'Diverse origins: regional contributions to the genesis of farming' in S. Colledge, J. Conolly and S.J. Shennnan (eds) Origins and Spread of Agriculture in SW Asia and Europe: Archaeobotanical Investigations of Neolithic Plant Economies


(see: for citation information.)

Individual work:
Author/editor(s),Title of Work, Date of publication, Edition statement (if given), Medium (if not online), Publication information (Place of publication: publisher, date if given), URL, Access date.

ArchAtlas, July 2006, 2nd edition,, Accessed: 12 July 2006.

Parts of work:
Author/editor(s), Article title between single inverted commas, Title of Main Work, Edition statement (if given), Publication information (Place of publication: publisher, date if given but not required for well-known resources), URL, Access date.

Sherratt, Andrew, 'The Origins of Farming in South-West Asia', ArchAtlas, 2nd edition,, Accessed: 12 July 2006.

4. Abstract

This should be submitted with the main text, or separately, as a Word document, approximately 150 words.

5. Keywords

Theme Keywords
In order to link with the ArchAtlas Themes please indicate if your article covers one or more of the following 'Themes':

  • Agriculture
  • Routes, Trade & Exchange
  • Urbanism
  • Visualisation & Technology

Article Keywords or Phrases
Please provide a list of keywords and phrases separated by commas to help us with the search feature of the ArchAtlas Journal. Please include geographical places and chronological terms as appropriate.

6. Sites and Co-ordinates

In order to link with ArchAtlas' OpenAtlas please provide a list of sites mentioned in your paper and any relevant co-ordinate data.

7. Copyright

  • The author retains copyright of his/her work.
  • The author ensures that permission for the use of images and text from copyright holders has been obtained and that the appropriate citations occur with the image captions or in the text.
  • The author acknowledges that the use of images published on ArchAtlas in pedagogical/educational contexts including research and teaching lectures is expressly allowed and encouraged, as long as such images are correctly attributed (to the author, ArchAtlas, and all other rights holders).