"Presents the latest scientific methodologies in archaeological research
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences covers the full spectrum of natural scientific methods with an emphasis on the archaeological contexts and the questions being studied. It bridges the gap between archaeologists and natural scientists providing a forum to encourage the continued integration of scientific methodologies in archaeological research.
Coverage in the journal includes: archaeology, geology/geophysical prospection, geoarchaeology, geochronology, palaeoanthropology, archaeozoology and archaeobotany, genetics and other biomolecules, material analysis and conservation science.
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences is endorsed by the German Society of Natural Scientific Archaeology and Archaeometry (GNAA), the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry (HSC) and the Association of Italian Archaeometrists (AIAr)."
This new journal is one sign that the field of archaeological science has become a major growth area in archaeological journal publishing. JAS now publishes twelve issues per year; Archaeometry is still going strong, and various other more specialized journals are flourishing. Although I have no data about this, my impression is that the number of journal pages devoted to topics in archaeological science may be increasing more rapidly than other domains of archaeology such as theory and regional coverage.
Given the involvement of natural scientists in this area, with their higher research funding levels than most field projects, one would think that they could figure out how to develop open access journals to promote wider distribution of the research. Or perhaps an organization in this area could work on an institutional repository for archiving published papers.
I was going to make a snide remark about the cost of subscription for the new journal, but I can't find any information on their website. A few years ago Springer evidently decided that they didn't want individuals to subscribe to their journals anymore, so they jacked up subscription rates tremendously; that was when I cancelled my subscriptions to the Jr. Arch. Research and Jr. Arch Method & Theory. I certainly don't understanding journal finances these days. Most university libraries will probably not be able to afford the new journal, although perhaps they will bundle it with other titles (the current commercial journal strategy).
But increasing the supply of published peer-reviewed articles in archaeology is a good thing, and I wish the new journal luck.