The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw introduces a new series of publications, the PCMA Excavation Series. The focus of the new series will correspond to the scope, both territorial and chronological, of fieldwork conducted by teams from the PCMA.
The PCMA Excavation Series has been conceived as a forum for presenting the results of excavations in the form of final publications, as well as interim reports covering one or more seasons of work, or dedicated to a specific period. In the latter case especially, it provides ample space for describing fieldwork, analyzing results and presenting both preliminary and final interpretations. This can be combined with extensive reporting on standard multi- and interdisciplinary research, like archaeozoological and archaeobotanical studies, topographical and geophysical surveys in progress, research on individual categories of finds and work in related fields, such as conservation and data collection. Separate volumes allow for presenting a large number of illustrations which are produced in full color. The texts are meticulously edited and peer-reviewed, the editors setting themselves the highest quality standards possible. The series complements regular presentations of fieldwork published in the PCMA’s flagship journal Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean.
The first volume published in the new series, Berenike 2008-2009. Report on the Excavations at Berenike, including a survey in the Eastern Desert (PCMA Excavation Series 1), edited by S.E. Sidebotham and I. Zych, presents the outcome of two seasons of fieldwork in Berenike, a Ptolemaic and Graeco-Roman harbor on the Red Sea coast of Egypt with extensive ties with India and South Arabia as part of the international Imperial Roman trade network.
Shortly to be published is Tell Qaramel 1999-2007. Protoneolithic and Early Pre-pottery Neolithic Settlement in Northern Syria (PCMA Excavation Series 2), edited by R.F. Mazurowski and Youssef Khanjou – a preliminary presentation of the results of several seasons of excavations carried out between at this important site. The volume will concentrate on the period of transformation, during which Epipaleolithic hunters and gatherers embraced a new economic and cultural model in a process commonly referred to as the “Neolithic Revolution” (later periods, i.e., Bronze and Iron Age remains from the site will be produced in a separate volume).