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Antiquity, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of archaeology founded by O.G.S. Crawford in 1927, is amongst the foremost publications in the field. It's relocation to the University of York in 2003 (under the editorship of Martin Carver) brought about an initial collaboration with Heritage Technology to develop a new web presence, and we have since worked in close partnership with the journal to maintain an engaging and innovative online approach. Alongside web development, Heritage Technology has the ongoing task of updating the website with new content and presenting the new issue of Antiquity Journal every quarter.

After providing fresh web re-designs in 2003, 2006 and 2009, Heritage Technology is currently involved in developing a new website to mark the 2012 change in editorship. The new Antiquity team, under editor Chris Scarre, is based at the University of Durham and promises to build upon the current foundations that provide fascinating but accessible online content. The new website is due for launch in June 2013 to accompany the second quarterly issue.

Antiquity's online features

The 2009 website redesign saw the creation of Antiquity Bulletin, a new resource of free-to-access, web-only content including:

  • Short, illustrated articles detailing archaeological projects and new research from around the world.
  • A 'new doctorates' facility, allowing recent graduates to upload their abstracts and search theses by topic or keyword.
  • Access to free content from the current issue of Antiquity Journal.
  • Recent announcements concerning workshops, conferences and events.

Further developments followed, including podcasts from editor Martin Carver and free-to-access archaeological books reviews. Antiquity Bulletin runs alongside Antiquity Journal, which will remains accessible via online subscription.

The current development project aims to re-deploy the website using the Drupal content management software, which will in turn provide greater flexibility in presenting the variety of content on offer. Plans to incorporate map-based searching, image galleries and accompanying multimedia will undoubtedly enhance Antiquity's standing as a provider of engaging, innovative archaeological content.