Oxbow Books is pleased to announce the instigation of a major new series on American Landscapes to be published in print and as ebooks. The new series aimed at a wide audience will provide a vehicle for publication for landscape researchers in the United States and Canada. Titles may be single-authored or, occasionally, edited papers on a particular theme of landscape history or archaeology, a region, or related landscape settings across wider areas and timeframes. Wider themes might include the influence of and human relationships with particular landscape features such as woodlands, vegetation zones, river catchments, or with animal species like buffalo and horse; or present discussions on, for instance, rock art, migration, indigenous religious practices, or aspects of state and national parks.
Aim of Series
To provide an informed overview – from a holistic landscape perspective – of the history and changing land use of particular areas/regions or archaeological/historical themes in North America. Each volume will provide a comprehensive and accessible narrative aimed at the informed reader, presenting an up-to-date review of the latest research from archaeology, anthropology, historical studies and the environmental sciences. Area/regional volumes can be seen as providing an overview at a high level of a specific land mass from the First Americans to the present, whereas thematic volumes, by the very nature of their more restricted chronological scope, may present a more detailed review of a specific culture(s) or point in time. The series is, therefore, intended to be very flexible in approach and subject area.
Format and style
The format of the volumes will compliment that of our highly successful UK landscapes series, Windgather Press. The page size will be 7.25” x 9.5” (246 x 185 mm) and volumes may be hardback or paperback depending on size and content. The volumes will be heavily illustrated in color with attractive high-quality photographs and images and will also make good use of explanatory or interpretive diagrams to explain the phasing, chronology, distribution patterns or landscape context of key sites and landscapes. The use of well-focussed diagrams will explain concepts or sequences effectively and thus reduce the need for heavily detailed, descriptive texts. “Box texts” designed to cover a single page or double spread, may be used sparingly to illustrate specific points, concepts, sites, artefacts etc. The text will avoid using excessive jargon, but where it is used it will be fully explained; the emphasis will be on using “plain English” to maintain accessibility. The tone and content of each text will, of necessity, focus upon general trends without being too overburdened with unnecessary detail, although it is acceptable to discuss type sites to explain the apparent trends. All key concepts, models and theories will be fully explained with suitable examples and parallels provided. Links or references to further research will occur at appropriate points in the text, or in a bibliography or appendices (both to hard copy and web resources). An appendix of key sites/landscapes to visit and their accessibility is desirable as is a glossary of terms.
Peter Topping has worked as a landscape archaeologist in the UK government sector for over 28 years, participating in, and directing, various projects aimed at enhancing understanding of archaeological sites within their landscape context over time. He has published extensively in international, national and local publications, edited numerous volumes of collected papers and is the author or co-author of monographs and guidebooks. His long-held research interests in Native American archaeology and ethnography have led to extensive travels in the US and a long term membership of the Society for American Archaeology. He has led several study tours to both the Southwest and the Midwest, and has participated in excavations in Ohio and field survey in Minnesota with the US National Park Service.
Mark Lynott joined the US National Park Service as an archaeologist in 1978 after completing a PhD at Southern Methodist University. He has conducted research through the mid-continent, most recently focussed on Ohio Hopewell. Mark has published extensively in national and regional journals and technical reports by the National Park Service. He has served as President of the Society of Professional Archeologists, on the Executive Board of the Society for American Archaeology and is now President-elect of the Midwest Archaeological Conference. He served as co-chair of the Ethics in Archaeology Task Force that developed the Principles of Archaeological Ethics for the SAA and has taught classes as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska for more than 30 years.
Julie Gardiner has 30 years of experience in editing archaeology books. After completing her PhD at Reading University on lithic assemblages and Neolithic landscapes and freelancing for several years as a lithics specialist, she became Managing Editor for East Anglian Archaeology and then for the Council for British Archaeology. Julie then worked in the commercial sector for 20 years as a Senior Project Manager in postexcavation and in charge of publication before joining Oxbow as Managing Editor. She is also Editor of the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society and has published numerous papers and independently co-edited and co-authored several books on her own ongoing research.
The general reader, archaeologists, American historians, heritage and tourism professionals and college students.
For further information, to discuss prospective titles, and for details of how to submit a proposal please contact: Julie Gardiner, Oxbow Books, 10 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits for Authors:
• Peer-review for single-author (or two or three authored) monographs
• High production standards
• Fast turnaround time (8–10 months from receipt of manuscript)
• Helpful and efficient editorial and production team
• Excellent worldwide marketing and distribution
• Simultaneous print and e-book publication
• Full distribution, sales and marketing of our books to the North American market through our North America distributor Casemate Academic.