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Archaeologia Aeliana

Archaeologia Aeliana is the Society's journal. Members of the Society receive copies each year as part of their annual subscription. The current year's volume is normally only available to members, but they and non-members may buy copies of earlier volumes if available. All volumes up to Series 5 vol 40 (2011) are publicly available on the Internet (see below), but access to volumes 41-46 (2012 to 2017) is restricted to members only. See below for further details of this. 

Search our database for particular titles and authors.

Please note;  New subscribers receive the volume dated for the first year of subscription (so subscribers in 2019 will receive the 2019 volume when it is published, but do not receive the 2018 volume - though they are welcome to buy a copy).

We had a new editor this year, Don O'Meara, and the changeover has led to some delays in production of the 2018 volume. It has now been sent to the typesetters and will shortly go to the printers. Apologies for the delay with this. The intention is that future volumes will come out regularly in January.


History of Archaeologia Aeliana

As was frequently the case with periodicals at that time, the first volumes were published in parts over a period of time, and subscribers were expected to have the parts bound together when a volume was completed. Volume 1 was published in 1822. It appeared intermittently at first, but for the last hundred years one volume has been published each year. The journal covers all aspects of the history of North-East England, ranging from archaeology (including excavation reports) and buildings to historical and documentary research, and from prehistory to the present. It has always been an important vehicle for the publication of research on Hadrian's Wall and the Romans in North-East England.

The on-line contents pages provide a comprehensive listing of the contents of all volumes of Archaeologia Aeliana. You can also search our database for particular titles and authors. This database is sensitive to alternative spellings of titles. It is also searchable by author's surname, with a number of features to make it easier to find an item where one is not sure of the exact name or spelling.

Internet access

Currently, we are in the process of digitising the whole of Archaeologia Aeliana, in order to put it on the Internet. Its intended home is the Archaeology Data Service. at the University of York. A considerable amount of work is still needed, but we now have PDFs of all volumes.

As an interim measure,  the PDFs for 119 volumes are now on Dropbox, where members (and others) are welcome to look at them, if you find it useful. This includes the whole of Series 1 to 4 (1817/1822-1971), and vols 1-40 of Series 5. Most are stored as volumes are all-in-one PDFs, and will in due course be broken down into separate PDFs for each of the articles in each volume). This means that they are very large files, which will take a very long time to download unless you have fast internet access. However, a number of Series 5 volumes are now in folders, which means that you can download individual articles.

Follow these links for the volumes;

      1st series:  

      2nd series:  

      3rd series: 

      4th series:  

      5th series up to vol 40 (2011).

Our Proceedings are also available; follow this link for these files

Individual members (not institutional or exchange members) can obtain access online to Archaeologia Aeliana from vol 41 (2012) to vol 46 (2017). Follow this link for the log-in page (if not already logged in), and then go to the 5th Series Contents page.

Please don't abuse membership by giving non-members access via this link.

Submitting papers

Authors are invited to submit papers to the Editor via the Society's address at the Great North Museum: Hancock by post. E-mail submissions are not currently accepted. Please note that while papers may be submitted at any time, they must be received in the Society’s office before 15th January if they are to be considered for publication in that year’s volume.All submissions should conform to the journal's style sheet, as set out in the Instructions for Contributors.

All papers are refereed before being accepted for publication.

For other queries, please contact the Editor, Don O'Meara, by e-mail



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