About TMA

Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie (Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology) is a Dutch journal that has been publishing current Mediterranean archaeological research since 1988. Issues appear twice a year, one of which is dedicated to a theme such as landscape archaeology, zooarchaeology, architecture, gender or religion. The journal aims to publish a variety of articles written by established academics as well as junior researchers. Next to full-length articles, TMA offers reviews of recently published books and keeps the reader up-to-date on new or ongoing research through short research introductions.

If you wish to publish your research, write a book review or a research introduction/update, you can contact us. We do accept articles in English under the conditions that you are affiliated to a Dutch or Flemish institution or otherwise based in the Netherlands or Belgium and that your research is in the field of Mediterranean archaeology.

In the menu on the left, click on ‘colofon’ for contact information or ‘voor auteurs’ to find our guidelines for writing articles.

All reviews, research introductions and articles older than a year will now also appear online, through our website and Academia page!

Call for Papers TMA 70 – Archaeological Frauds and Fictions

Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie (TMA) invites beginning and senior scholars to submit abstracts for an article in its 70th issue on ‘Pseudo-archaeology and fraud in archaeology’.

Claims about the past based non-scientific reasoning are everywhere, from television and movies, to conversations at birthday parties. Some seem plausible (e.g. Romulus’ Hut, archaeoastronomy), others are bizarre (pyramids in Bosnia, Atlantis). They are mainly made by non-archaeologists, but not exclusively. Additionally, archaeology has seen examples of fraud, including deliberate manipulation and falsification of archaeological and historical data to support a particular thesis. Such forgeries are often difficult to prove (e.g. the Veleia graffiti) and can lead to heated discussions among experts (see recently the hieroglyphic inscriptions of James Mellaart). Fraud is also strongly linked to forgeries in the antique art trade.

Fraud and (pseudoarchaeological) fictions in archaeology raise questions about ethics, the limits of science and public outreach. Sooner or later, everyone has to deal with it. How should experts approach this? We welcome contributions related to theme within the archaeology of the Mediterranean world in its broadest sense.

Guidelines and timeline for articles
You are asked to send a preliminary title, an abstract of ca 250 words, and a short bio to tijdschrift@mediterrane-archeologie.nl by Sunday 5 February 2023. Any questions may also be sent to this address. Articles in TMA must be 1500-3000 words. Our guidelines, both in English and in Dutch, can be found on tijdschrift.mediterrane-archeologie.nl/voor-auteurs.

Deadline abstracts: 5 February 2023
Deadline article: 31 July 2023
Publication TMA 70: winter 2023/2024

Further publication options in TMA
Researchers who want to write an introduction to recently started research projects are invited to contact us via tijdschrift@mediterrane-archeologie.nl. Suggestions for reviews of recent publications can be sent to recensies@mediterrane-archeologie.nl.

About TMA
Since its beginnings in 1988, TMA has provided both beginning and established scholars connected to Dutch and Belgian universities (and Dutch and Belgian scholars abroad) the opportunity to publish their research. The journal is published twice a year; the even issues have a theme. Every volume consists of articles, reviews of specialist literature, and introductions to new research. Contributions are written in Dutch; non-Dutch authors can submit their contribution in English. TMA is aimed at a readership of archaeologists and the general public with an interest in scholarly archaeology.