Welcome to the official site of Americae: the European Journal of Americanist Archaeology.

Americae is a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to publishing the most recent findings of archaeological, ethnoarchaeological, and ethnohistoric research carried out within all regions of North or South America and the Caribbean. Our goal is to reach an international readership of professional archaeologists and other scholars.

We accept a variety of manuscript types, including “original research articles” (longer pieces that address broad audiences, such as discussions of method and theory, or major findings that are of great importance to larger regions), “reports” (shorter pieces that may address a more specialized audience, such as detailed descriptions of a specific excavation context, a new method protocol, etc.), “special sections” (a collection of manuscripts produced from a central symposium topic at a professional meeting), and “reviews”. All manuscripts submitted to Americae are subject to an anonymous peer-review process that involves a minimum of two expert readers chosen among the review committee or externals. The scientific standard is guaranteed by submitting articles to an international committee of evaluators.

We accept manuscript submissions in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Our open access, electronic format allows for rapid dissemination to a broad audience. Articles are published to Americae’s website immediately upon final acceptance, rather than relying on a set number of issues published on a predetermined schedule. All articles may be printed free of charge as PDF files.

Americae is sponsored by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).

ISSN : 2497-1510

Publication director: Grégory Pereira (ArchAm – UMR 8096 – CNRS)

Editor in Chief: Véronique Darras ArchAm – UMR 8096 – CNRS)

Editorial Secretary: Mélanie Deniaux (MAE – USR 3225 – CNRS)

Webmaster: Colombe Farthouat (MAE – USR 3225 – CNRS)


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Claire Alix (UMR 8096 “Archéologie des Amériques,” CNRS and université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Christopher Beekman (University of Colorado Denver, USA)

Andrés Ciudad Ruiz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España)

Peter Eeckhout (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique)

Michelle Elliott (UMR 7041 “Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité,” université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Eduardo Góes Neves (Universidad de São Paulo, Brasil)

Leonardo López Luján (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México)

Ben Nelson (Arizona State University, USA)

José Oliver (University College London, United Kingdom)

Gregory Pereira (UMR 8096 “Archéologie des Amériques,” CNRS and université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Stéphen Rostain (UMR 8096 “Archéologie des Amériques,” CNRS and université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Cristina Vidal (Universidad de Valencia, España)


 Chloé Andrieu (UMR 8096 “Archéologie des Amériques,” CNRS and université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Luis Barba (Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Dominique Bonnissent (Service de l’archéologie de Guadeloupe, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France)

David Carballo (Department of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Boston University, USA)

Nicolas Caretta (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México)

Tom D. Dillehay (Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, USA)

Vilma Fialko (Instituto de Antropología e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala)

Christopher T. Fisher (Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University, USA)

Nicolas Goepfert (UMR 8096 “Archéologie des Amériques,” CNRS and université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)

Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza (Centro de Estudios Arqueológicos, Colegio de Michoacán, México)

Christine Lefèvre (UMR 7209 “Archéozoologie et archéobotanique: sociétés, pratiques et environnements,” CNRS and the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France)

Gaspar Muñoz Cosme (Instituto de Restauración del Patrimonio, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, España)

María Estela Mansur (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina)

Margaret C. Nelson (School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, USA)

Sylvie Peperstraete (Département Histoire, Arts et Archéologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique)

Gregson Schachner (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Marcela Sepulveda (Instituto de alta Investigación de la Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile)

Vera Tiesler (Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, México)

Carlos Viramontes (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Querétaro, México)


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Editorial policy

Americae accepts original manuscripts (i.e., previously unpublished) reporting on archaeological and/or ethnoarchaeological, as well as ethnohistoric research carried out in any region of North or South America and the Caribbean. Three main types of papers are published:

  • Articles. Articles are longer pieces that should address a broad audience, such as discussions of method and theory, or major findings that are of great importance to larger regions.
  • Research Reports. Reports are shorter pieces that may interest a more specialized audience, such as detailed descriptions of a specific excavation context, a new method protocol, analysis of a specific museum piece, etc.
  • Special Section. The papers published in the special section are all clearly focused on one specific theme and could be originally presented together at a conference symposium. The session coordinator should take responsibility for the submission of the collection and will serve as the intermediary between Americae’s editorial staff and the papers’ individual authors. We ask that the session coordinator have already edited the ensemble of manuscripts prior to submission (and made a selection of manuscripts to submit, if applicable). Those interested in submitting a collection of conference papers for publication should contact the editorial staff of Americae.

These three document types follow the same editorial evaluation process.

  • Book Reviews. Americae promotes scientific diffusion by publishing book reviews. Book reviews are evaluated by the editorial board, who will decide whether to publish or not.

A note on the language of publication

As Americae’s objective is to reach a broad audience in the Americanist community, we encourage authors to submit their manuscripts in English or Spanish, the two most widely read languages among Americanist scholars. Nevertheless, Americae also accepts and publishes papers in Portuguese and French.

Instructions for authors

Submission procedure
Manuscripts should be prepared and submitted electronically using a word processing program such as Word, Open Office, or Live Office. Files should be sent in DOC, ODT or RTF format. No print manuscripts or PDF files will be accepted.

Preparing the manuscript
Americae accepts manuscripts written in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding the bibliography).

Sections of the manuscript
A manuscript submission should contain the following sections (unless indicated differently below, each should begin on a new page):

  • Title page;
  • Abstracts and keywords (see below for details);
  • Text;
  • Acknowledgments (should immediately follow text);
  • References cited;
  • Figures cited in text;
  • Tables cited in text.

Order of the Manuscript

The title page
The title page should list:

  • The title of the manuscript;
  • The name(s) of the author(s);
  • Each author’s institutional address (should be combined for multiple authors from the same institution);
  • Each author’s email address.

Marie Dupont
Archéologie des Amériques (ArchAm, UMR 8096), université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

To maximize the accessibility of Americae’s content to our readers, all manuscripts must be accompanied by at least three abstracts (French, English, Spanish). A paper written in Portuguese would include an abstract in this language.
Once these requirements have been met, Americae is willing to publish additional abstracts in other languages of the Americas, such as indigenous languages.

Each abstract should be preceded by the title of the article and should be followed by a line with up to five keywords. The abstract should not exceed 200 words in length.
Currently, the journal is not able to provide a translation service. Thus, the preparation of the abstracts is the responsibility of the author(s).

The text
Please do not use tabs, spaces or page breaks to format your text, as they will disappear when the text is published online. The entire text should be single spaced.

  • The text: Times New Roman 12;
  • For the titles of your paragraphs use the style “title 1, title 2, etc.” accessible on your toolbar as following:


  • Hyperlinks must refer back to sites that are accessible on the World Wide Web; they should not be linked to local files on the author’s computer;
  • Tables should be created by using the menu “table + insertion” in word;
  • Graphics produced with Excel must be saved as XLS;
  • Notes should be numbered sequentially and appear at the bottom of each page;
  • References cited should be placed at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the names of the authors.


Figures format
Figures should be inserted directly into the manuscript text, but they should also be attached as separate files. We recommend that you verify the quality of your figures when printed. The resolution for figures should be at least 300 dpi. The final image will be at least 1,000 pixels large.

Please save your figures in a format such as TIFF, PSD, AI or EPS. For the publishable version, if you use Photoshop, you should “Save as” and not “Save for the web”. You may use JPEG format with maximum quality (12). Because the PNG format tends to produce large files, it should be used only for manuscripts with very few figures. If your figures include transparent zones, do not use PNG format.

Figure placement in text
Figures embedded in the manuscript should be referenced in the text [e.g., Figure 1] and presented as follows:

  • Figure;
  • Figure title, numbered sequentially (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). The title will be located below the figure and thus should not be included in the figure file itself;
  • The source of your figure (required, see below);
  • All maps must contain a scale and north arrow.

Figure source
Please indicate clearly the source of the figure (if it does not belong to you) and/or the source of the data used for the production of the image (e.g., US census, 2001). Please verify that you have the right to cite or reproduce the figure before submitting your article. If necessary, the payment of copyright to reproduce the illustration will be the author’s responsibility.

Table placement in text
Like figures, tables should be both embedded in the text and attached as a separate file (one table per page with the corresponding title). They should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.). In the text, the title should appear below the table.

References cited
In-text citations
Bibliographic references cited in the text should take the following formats:

Single author
Taylor (1964); (Taylor 1964); (Taylor 1964: 23-25); (Taylor 1964: Table 2).

Two authors
Jones and Wilson (1971); (Jones and Wilson 1971); (Jones and Wilson 1971: 215-216).

Three or more authors
Fisher et al. (2003); (Fisher et al. 2003); (Fisher et al. 2003: 49-57).

Several references
Taylor (1964) and Jones and Wilson (1971); (Taylor 1964; Jones and Wilson 1971); (Taylor 1964: 23-25); (Taylor 1964: Table 2; Jones and Wilson 1971: 215-216).

Presentation of the references cited
Under the title heading “References cited”, list all of the references cited in the manuscript using the appropriate format (see below). Do not include references that are not cited in the manuscript text. Authors’ first names should be spelled out completely (not abbreviated as initials).

Journal articles
2008    “Human Sacrifice at Pachacamac”, Latin American Antiquity, 19 (4): 375-398.

Book Chapters
ALIX Claire
2009    “Persistence and Change in Thule Wood Use, AD 1100-1450”, in Herbert Maschner, Owen K. Mason and Robert McGhee (eds.), The Northern World, AD 900-1400, The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 125-135.

1994    Maya Sculpture of Copán: The Iconography, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (Oklahoma).

1997    Potrero de Guadalupe : anthropologie funéraire d’une communauté pré-tarasque du nord du Michoacán, Mexique, PhD Thesis in Archaeology, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris.

Electronic articles
HOFMAN Corinne L., Alistair J. BRIGHT and Reniel RODRÍGUEZ RAMOS
2010    “Crossing the Caribbean Sea: Towards a Holistic View of Pre-Columbian Mobility and Exchange”, Journal of Caribbean Archaeology [online], Special Publication 3 (Mobility and Exchange from a Pan-Caribbean Perspective, Corinne L. Hofman and Alistair J. Bright [eds.]),, consulted 07/06/2016.


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