Volume 9 - Editorial: Transition

EDITORIAL Transition Jaime ALMANSA SÁNCHEZ, Editor Elena PAPAGIANNOPOULOU, Editor Easter 2020. Being in quarantine in our respective homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it was time to move things forward and come out of this confinement with a belated volume 9. As this editorial is being drafted during the COVID-19 outbreak, our hope in the current climate of uncertainty is that you, your loved ones, and your community are safe.  During this past year much has changed. As far as the journal is concerned, apart from dealing with the current crisis, this past year has been quite challenging and could be described as a year of transition. Unfortunately,  with this volume we say goodbye to two treasured members of the team: Amanda Erickson Harvey and Alexandra Ion. Both have provided their great services to the journal for many years, having served as an Assistant Editor and Reviews Editor respectively, and felt that it was now time to move on. Needless to s

Playing Prehistory with Far Cry Primal

by  Daniel García Raso ,  Independent Researcher The past has always been a great source of inspiration for different cultural and artistic genres such as cinema, literature, television and, of course, video games. We can always find mistakes or inaccuracies from a strictly heuristic point of view (after all, the number of works that accurately reflect the past can be counted on the fingers of one hand). In video games, Prehistory and History have been the starting point for numerous titles and, unlike other games in which the past has been used as context, it has occasionally been represented in a more than acceptable way (for example, in the Age of Empires series or in the saga Assasin's Creed ). However, most titles present a stereotypical portrayal of Prehistory where, to begin with, even dinosaurs appear! A work like Far Cry Primal , by the French producer Ubisoft, was necessary. The game puts us in the skin of Takkar, a member of the Wenja tribe, who is for

Conference Review: 3rd IHC HerMA Conference

IHC International Conference in Heritage Management, 30 th September – 2 nd October 2016 by  Kenneth Aitchison HerMA as a concept is both a conference and a degree – it is the Masters in Heritage Management , delivered jointly by the University of Kent and the Athens University of Economics and Business, and it is an annual three-day conference that is both an intrinsic part of the degree course and an opportunity for international heritage management issues to be presented and discussed. The conference is held in Elefsina, an industrial town just west of Athens that will be a European Capital of Culture in 2021. The 2016 meeting was the 3 rd annual conference, with over 40 speakers presenting in a single series of sessions. This is an excellent format for a conference on this scale – with no parallel sessions, every delegate was able to hear every paper, and discussion opportunities were good and well-engaged with. While the conference is tied in to the degree, a

NEARCHing Factory – Review

By Emily C. Arauz , PhD Candidate Dept. of Archaeology and History of Art, Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey Upon exiting the San Martiño Pinario Monastery conference hall on the final day of the NEARCHing Factory , a fellow attendee made the cursory remark to myself and a colleague that this will go down in history as one of those conferences where, years hence, everyone will be asking one another: “Were you at the Nearching Factory in Santiago de Compostela, January 30 th – February 1 st , 2017?” Fortunately, I was one of the lucky 96 attendees who took part in this unique experience over the course of two and a half rainy and cold days in the Galicia region of Spain. The meeting, deemed a ‘factory’, was a public and interactive component of the NEARCH ( New ways of Engaging audiences, Activating societal relations and Renewing Practices in Cultural Heritage ) project [1] , organized in coordination with INCIPIT, C

Volume 6 is out!

We are very happy to announce the publication of AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology  Volume 6 !  Migration to   Open Journal Systems  took some extra work and time but  w e hope you will like the new platform and enjoy the new volume! Yours, The editorial team Editors Jaime Almansa Sánchez , JAS Arqueología S.L.U., Spain Elena Papagiannopoulou , Independent Researcher, Greece Assistant Editors Amanda Harvey , NASA, United States Kaitlyn T. Goss , Americorps, United States Reviews Editor Alexandra Ion , McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge and Institute of Anthropology "Francisc I. Rainer" of the Romanian Academy, United Kingdom Assistant Production Editor Alejandra Galmés , Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

EDITORIAL: Change and conflict

Jaime ALMANSA SÁNCHEZ, Editor Elena PAPAGIANNOPOULOU, Editor At the time of writing this editorial , as the new year is already underway, we are taking an introspective glance balanced with rational self-criticism . To begin with, even though the debate about current publishing models is ongoing, there is no internal conflict surrounding our work for the journal. It is our firm belief that the quality and accessibility of academic publications rather than impact factor and quantitative metrics should be a priority. We work with this principle in mind, aiming at the same time at being as inclusive and representative as possible. The downside of our model, apart from time constraints, is that we rely entirely on the donations we receive. Thus, there is no funding stability, the latter being one of the key sustainability factors . On the bright side, we are still here and our model’s virtue, apart from being freely and fully available for readers around the globe provided that