Archeologia e Calcolatori (1, 1990 – 33.1, 2022)


Archeologia e Calcoltori is an international observatory of theoretical and methodological aspects of computing and information technology applied to archaeology, founded in 1990 by Mauro Cristofani and Riccardo Francovich and published by the Institute of Heritage Sciences of the Italian National Research Council with All’Insegna del Giglio publisher.

The aim pursued is clearly stated by Mauro Cristofani and Riccardo Francovich in the editorial of the first issue: «The current lack of coordination and the fragmentation of experiences is at the basis of the birth of this journal, which intends to collect and present what today it is, mainly, carried out in the field of classical and post-classical archaeology through the use of calculators».

The prestige of the International Scientific Committee members, some of whom are the protagonists of the history of archaeological informatics, has allowed Archeologia e Calcolatori to establish itself, on the international scene, as a specialized journal dedicated to the application of information technology and data analysis methods. Some specific aspects characterise the journal in the international panorama: the multilingualism, the dialectical relationship between theory and experimentation, the balance between the archaeology and technology topics; openness to innovations through projects capable of stimulating new reflections and new approaches to research; the continuous bibliographical updating.

Archeologia e Calcolatori

Edizioni All’Insegna del Giglio

Since the first issues, the publication of international conference proceedings and special thematic issues, dedicated to significantly topical subjects, has been crucial to crown the activity undertaken. In particular, the special issues have marked some fundamental stages, in the evolution of archaeological informatics, as a basis for a coherent and homogeneous development of the discipline. Since 2007, a new series of Supplements has enriched the overview of applications, with constant attention to the most topical issues for the strengthening and renewal of archaeological research methods.

Since 2005 Archeologia e Calcolatori has joined the Open Archives Initiative. A digital repository compliant with the OAI-PMH protocol containing the electronic version and the descriptive metadata of the articles, also deposited in the SOLAR database of the CNR. The choice of open access reflects the vision of an open intellectual path of the research toward the knowledge. In that way, the journal combines its role as an editorial hub of reference with a direct experimental commitment to the scientific content dissemination on the web.

Paola Moscati