about JISP


The Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society
מתקופת האבן
(From the Stone Age-Mitekufat Haeven) 
In keeping with the goals of the Israel Prehistoric Society, the Journal provides as outlet for researches on the prehistoric archaeology of Israel and adjacent regions. It actively solicits the publication of the basic descriptive data of prehistory, excavation and survey reports and material analyses, believing that this niche is a crucial one often lost in larger journals searching for the overarching larger pictures. We believe that without that basic data, we lose our legitimacy in scholarship. Of course, synthetic essays and reviews are welcome as well.
In addition to papers by professional archaeologists, the Journal actively encourages students and avocational prehistorians to submit their work. Although a fully peer reviewed journal (all papers are sent out to two referees for comments), the journal provides a more flexible, more friendly, and less daunting venue for students and amateurs than available in many other journals. As a fully reviewed journal, we transcend the category of gray literature so problematic in so much archaeological research.


A Brief History
The Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society was founded in 1960 as Mitekufat Haeven (From the Stone Age מתקופת האבן), a mimeographed booklet exclusively in Hebrew of the Society (then called in Hebrew the Israel Prehistoric Research Fundהקרן לחקירות פרהיסטוריות בישראל ), also just founded. That first issue included papers by Ya’akov Olami on prehistoric survey in the Carmel, Emanuel Mazor and Moshe Stekelis on lithic concentrations on Mt. Safun in the Negev, Ernst Wreschner on a prehistoric site in the Carmel, Ezra Meyerhof on Canaanean blade cores from Har Charuvim, and Moshe Prausnitz on a group of dolmens near Alma. Since then the journal has served half a century of prehistorians, both professional and amateur, bringing their research to a larger public, both national and international. It served as the primary outlet for a generation of avocational prehistorians whose work in the early years of the discipline in Israel provided a mass of knowledge and insights on prehistoric times in Israel. Those materials are still of use and importance.
By the mid-1960s English abstracts were added to the Hebrew, and occasional papers in English also appeared, making the work accessible to a large non-Hebrew speaking audience. By the mid-1970s, the format shifted to press printing, and after a gap of several years in the early 1980s, the journal was revived in more or less its current format, at that point published bilingually in Hebrew and English and expanding the international base.
The Irene Sala CARE Foundation began its support of the journal in the early 1990s, at which time papers were published in English with Hebrew abstracts, with an occasional paper in French as well.
The Journal has seen both its contributors and audience shift from the large audience of founding avocational archaeologists in the 1960s to its primarily professional functions today. This has been a natural evolution, evident in most archaeological societies the world over.
Over this half century of publication the Journal has achieved a long list of distinguished editors.
Past editors (in alphabetical order):
Uri Baruch                      Ofer Bar-Yosef
Anna Belfer Cohen          Moshe Davis
David Gilead                   Isaac Gilead
Avi Gopher                     Erella Hovers
Modi Lamden                 Tamar (Yizraeli) Noy
Moshe Prausnitz             Avraham Ronen
Moshe Stekelis.
It is an honor for me, the current editor, to stand on the shoulders of such giants.
Steve Rosen