Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Traces in Time is an annual journal publishing research in prehistory. It sits on the ArchaeologicalTraces.org site, which comes from ATPG Publications, an Italian archaeological collective based in Rome. The reviewing process for the journal is described as, “half-blind,” as authors are allowed to choose one referee for their article, with other referees coming from the journal’s editorial board or advisory board, most of whom are graduate students or faculty members at universities throughout Europe and North America.
Thus far there are four issues available, running from 2011 through 2014. Earlier issues contain several articles each, while later issues offer a few articles along with survey reports and materials presented at workshops and conferences. For example, “Archaeology and abandonment of domestic structures in the Early Bronze Age” and “The Marche region from Late Copper Age to Early Bronze Age, in the light of extra-regional relationships,” were papers presented at the Bronze Age Italian Meeting (BAIM) 2012, November 16th-17th, in Parma, Italy and reprinted here. There are also poster sessions to be found, such as “Una riconsiderazione sul ripostiglio di S'Adde 'e S'Ulumu-Usini” (a study on ashlar masonry recently discovered in a locale called S'Iscia 'e Su Puttu), presented at the Materials and contexts in the Sardinian Iron Age Workshop, organized by the University of Glasgow and the Comune di San Vero Milis, May 25, 2012). The fieldwork reports, such as “Capo Mannu Project 2011 - Prehistoric Pottery,” and “Capo Mannu Project 2011 - Remote sensing prospection,” offer highly detailed information about fieldwork done at various sites, in this case the Capo Mannu Project, an international, interdisciplinary scientific project launched in the coastal area of San Vero Milis in western Sardinia, an area one authors points out is “of particular interest for it is the one in which the geographer Ptolemy located an important harbour known as Korakodes portus which existed during the Roman phase, and was related to the ancient city of Cornus.” Site maps, methodologies, and data are included in these reports.
The journal is listed as being in English, but you will find many articles and reports are in Italian. The editors note that articles are refereed, while reports and reviews are not. Given Traces in Time’s focused content this is a title likely to be of interest to those studying Italian prehistory and actively doing the kind of fieldwork it describes, and should be made known to them.