A Rough Guide to Buying an Archaeology Magazine

Have you ever found yourself flipping through colorful pages of some archaeology magazine while standing in the Science and Technology section of magazines at Chapters and Indigo? Then you’re definitely not alone. Many people, including myself, enjoy reading about archaeology. Whether you’re looking for general information or articles on very specific topics, you can find many such magazines available both in-store and online. While almost all news updates are now available on the Internet, in-depth discussions and debates can only be found in specialty magazines and books. Many of these discussions are quite enthralling and will leave you wondering how much do we really know.

There are several archaeology magazines from across the globe. If you live in Canada, you can find these magazines in most of the Chapters and Indigo stores as well as some Shoppers Drug Marts and Convenience stores. They are also available online for annual/bi-annual subscriptions. Below is the general information on some of them.

Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR)

If you’re into some serious stuff, BASOR is definitely for you. This peer-reviewed journal published by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) contains articles on art, archaeology, anthropology, paleography, epigraphy, and many other similar topics. Among the areas of focus are ancient Canaan, Anatolia, Cyprus, Egypt, and Mesopotamia. Just beware that it’s not the type of a magazine you’ll want to read on your couch on a Friday night. The text is very elaborate and requires a great deal of concentration. However, it’s highly recommended for anyone who is serious about the subject.

Cost: US $280 for US residents and US $310 for the rest. I had bought it back in 2013 together with an ASOR membership for a much lesser value, but I can’t recall how much exactly I had paid.

Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA)

Not unlike BASOR, NEA is also published by ASOR and is geared towards a scholarly audience. However, I find it a bit more accessible in terms of language and content than BASOR. I also like the fact that it features summer digs and general books about the field. The price is a big factor too.

Cost: US$40 for US residents and US $65 for the rest.

Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR)

Whether you’re wondering if Jezebel was really that evil or if the James Ossuary is authentic, BAR is the right place to find the information. Beautifully designed and written in an accessible language, BAR focuses on the latest research in the lands of Israel, Jordan, and occasionally Turkey. The magazine’s website, the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), also features free books as well as upcoming digs, seminars, and lectures. For an additional cost, you can also subscribe to the BAS library and find more resources written on the Biblical archaeology.

Cost: US$24.97 for print and US $19.97 for digital subscriptions. For the fist-time subscribers, the magazine offers a year-round subscription at $US 13.97. Well, the big downside of this offer is that it’s valid for US customers only. So if you live in the United States and are interested in archaeology, be sure to seize this opportunity!

Archaeology

For anyone who is more interested in general archaeology, Archaeology is the right fit. Published by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), this magazine contains both long and short articles about findings from all over the globe. Both magazine and the website feature countless field opportunities, books, and specialty events.

Cost: US$14.97 for print/electronic (Canadian and foreign residents add US $15)

 American Journal of Archaeology

Also published by AIA, the American Journal of Archaeology is a scholarly journal that has articles on the Greco-Roman world as well as the ancient Near East. Judging from the abstracts provided online, it’s a very serious journal. So be sure to grab your coffee first to keep your mind focused!

Cost: US $80 for print/electronic

Egyptian Archaeology

Egypt’s fans will definitely appreciate this magazine. Published by the Egypt Exploration Society and based in England, Egyptian Archaeology contains articles written by prominent Egyptologists and archaeology specialists.

Cost: £48 per year (£56 Overseas/Non-UK) for a yearly membership with the organization, which also includes a  magazine subscription. An individual issue costs £5.95.

Kmt a Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

Based in Weaverville, North Carolina, Kmt Journal is another great source of information for Egyptology students and enthusiasts. The journal features articles on excavations and research written by specialists from across the world. On the website, you can also find the list of the latest titles on Ancient Egypt as well as a links to the travel website.

Cost: US $37 for US and US$45 for Canada

Minerva Magazine

Based in London, UK, Minerva publishes articles on art and archaeology of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia. It’s also a great source of information for museum junkies interested in the latest exhibitions happening around the globe.

Cost:  US $60/ £38 per six issues for Canada/US residents (£28.50/£30 for UK and £33 for Europe residents)

AND FINALLY…

Don’t forget to check out the Friends of ASOR page that offers a free online journal! The subscription is quick and easy and, above all, won’t cost you anything. All you’ll have to do is create an account with the Friends of ASOR to start receiving newsletters with articles on Near Eastern archaeology.

 

 

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