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Church Archaeology

About the journal

The society's journal is edited by Ruth Nugent, with assistance from John Wand (Book Reviews) and Danica Ramsey-Brimberg and Thomas Fitzgerald (Editorial Assistants). It aims to reflect the scope of current ecclesiastical archaeology in all time periods, both within the UK and abroad. Church Archaeology is a peer-reviewed publication, and each article is anonymously reviewed by experts knowledgeable in the appropriate subject. We encourage submissions from any interested party, both academic and amateur, for either longer articles or shorter news pieces. 

How to contribute

Contributions about all types of places of worship and their burial grounds are very welcome, both in the form of long articles and shorter illustrated news items and reports. Alongside our major scholarly articles, we particularly encourage the submission of short news articles from across the whole of the British Isles and further afield, as these reports are the best way to keep up to date with the current direction of church archaeology.

We currently have calls open for:

Volumes 25 and 26: for editorial comments on drafts, please submit the full manuscript before 28th February 2023. Final submission for manuscripts is 31st March 2024, with publication slated for Summer 2024 (Vol 25) and Winter 2024 (Vol 26).

Please consult our Notes for Contributors for guidance on types of submissions, word counts, images, referencing style, etc.

Potential contributors should contact the Editorial team at in order to discuss details.

Types of Submissions

Main articles – Unpublished material, primarily results of recent
research, new interpretations or syntheses, original discussions of

methodology, conservation issues or technical developments. Between
6000 and 9000 words long (normally up to 8 figures, but more will be
considered if appropriate).

Shorter articles – reports of major work in progress (whether fieldwork
or research), comment on current philosophies or events, discoveries,
conservation issues, individual case studies etc. Between 3000 and
4500 words long with illustrations (up to 4 figures but more will be
considered if appropriate).

News pieces – up to 2000 words drawing attention to new projects,
discoveries, conservation and management issues, events and

Comments and Letters – usually of no more than 1000 words are
welcomed concerning topical matters and recent articles in Church
Archaeology. While these may be thought-provoking, they must be

Book Reviews

The journal also includes an extensive book reviews section of recently
(normally within the last year) published books (generally up to 1500
words) and brief notices of new books.


If you have any suggestions for book reviews, or would like to be on the list of reviewers, please contact the book reviews editor at

Past Issues

Open Access Back Issues

We are pleased to announce that the full text of all issues of Church Archaeology up to Volume 19 are now available fully open access from the Archaeology Data Service library, through a generous grant from the Marc Fitch Fund. Future digital issues of the journal will be archived here, with a two-volume open access embargo, as the most recent volumes are limited to members of the society. 

Be aware that some images that we do not have rights to publish online will not appear in the digital versions of articles. 

Digital Appendices

Some of our publications have digital-only appendices, which we will make available on our website. Please see below for the relevant issues.

Volume 22

Bohling, S, Croucher, K, and Buckberry, J, 2022, An exploration of the changing understandings of physical impairment and disability in early medieval England: a bioarchaeological, funerary, and historical approach, Church Archaeology, 22, 3-44.


Appendix A


Appendix B


Ramsey-Brimberg, D, 2022, Covering and dressing the dead: situating Viking Age furnished graves at Christian cemeteries in the Irish Sea area, Church Archaeology, 22, 45-68.


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Print Back Issues

Hard copies of back issues of Church Archaeology can be purchased by contacting the Membership Secretary at


Volumes 1 - 18

  • Members: £5 each

  • Non-members: £15 each

  • Institutions: £20 each

Volume 19

  • Members: £15

  • Non-members: £20

  • Institutions: £25

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