Oxbow Insights in Archaeology

Oxbow Insights in Archaeology

Oxbow Insights in Archaeology is a new peer-reviewed series of small format single author paperbacks by leading academics in all areas of archaeology reflecting on one or more aspects of their personal research or subject area.

The series is intended to be of high academic standard but somewhat ‘free-form’. It will be peer-reviewed and overseen by a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board. Authors can reflect on any aspect of archaeology: be it landscape, artefact, or period based, theoretical, historiographical, social, phenomenological - though preferably stemming from their own work - and present a free narrative of their collected thoughts. It can be a straightforward summary of their current thoughts, new ideas, a sideways look, or off-the-wall. The aim is to free the author from the strictures of REF or other academic point-scoring and give them the opportunity to say what they want (and feel) on a subject or theme of their choice to a wide audience. Two existing Oxbow examples which reflect the series format are Caroline Wickham-Jones’s volume Fear of Farming which has sold very well and The Death of Archaeological Theory? (although a collected work), which has been widely read.

The texts should be short c. 50,000–70,000 words, illustrated as required but not heavily so.

Volumes will be published simultaneously as print and e-book editions.


Authors do not need to getting towards the end of their career but simply to have something interesting to say and to be able to write for a not entirely academic audience, preferably fairly opinionated and with some wit!

Editorial advisory board

Umberto Albarella, University of Sheffield

John Baines, University of Oxford

Richard Bradley – Chair, University of Reading

Chris Gosden, University of Oxford

Simon James, University of Leicester

Neil Price, University of Aberdeen

Anthony Snodgrass, University of Cambridge

Mark White, Durham University

Alasdair Whittle, Cardiff University

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University


Benefits for authors

-          Fast turnaround of 6-8 months from receipt of manuscript to publication

-          Peer review

-          Low priced paperbacks that will be widely read and marketed worldwide

-          Simultaneous publication as an e-book

-          Royalty

Submissions are invited; please contact Clare Litt (clare@oxbowbooks.com) to discuss, or follow the guidelines below.


Submitting a proposal for the Oxbow Insights in Archaeology series

Proposals should be sent to Oxbow’s Publishing Director Clare Litt (clare@oxbowbooks.com)

Please include the following information:

  • Title and author
  • A summary (up to one page)
  • List of contents and brief chapter summaries
  • A sample of text; this could be the introduction or a sample chapter
  • Proposed timetable for submission of manuscript
  • Approximate word count bearing in mind the series is designed to be between 50,000-70,000 words
  • Approximate number of illustrations
  • CV or biographical information


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