Archaeology for the People

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

By Victoria Khroundina | June 6, 2014

Adhering to the ethos that the results of archaeological discovery and analysis are important and deserve the widest possible audience, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University is launching a new archaeological writing competition. Inviting submissions of accessible and engaging articles, accompanied by a single illustration, the winner will score $5,000 and have their article published in the spring 2015 volume of the Joukowsky Institute Publication series. Eight or ten runners-up will also have their articles published. 

The Joukowsky Institute believes that archaeology is worthy of a better level of writing, one that is both accessible and exciting to non-specialists, but at the same time avoids excessive simplification, speculation, mystification or romanticism. Some of the most effective writing in this vein has appeared not in professional venues, but in publications with a far wider readership, says the Institute. One example is Elif Batuman’s article in The New Yorker (December 19, 2011) on the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey, and the many questions it raises about religion, technology and human social evolution. Read about Harald Hauptmann and Klaus Schmidt’s discovery of this momentous Neolithic temple art in southeast Turkey in our online article here or purchase Cornucopia 26.

Anyone may enter the competition, except faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students at the Joukowsky Institute. Original, not previously published articles of 5,000–6,000 words, accompanied by a single piece of artwork, are to be submitted before September 1, 2014 to The results will be announced by November 2014. Any questions can be directed to Prof. John Cherry or Prof. Felipe Roja. Click here for more information.

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