Next edition

RISS – an archaeological journal, run by archaeology students at the University of Bergen,  Norway, invites you to contribute to our next edition, which is due to be published in May 2022.  The theme for our next edition is «Dark Chapters». 

This is a very broad theme, open for a variety of interpretations related to archaeological  research. On the one hand, it covers periods of time and problems that can be characterized as  ‘dark’, such as decline, natural disasters, war, slavery and oppression, or, as we have all  experienced for nearly two years, disease, plagues and epidemics/pandemics. On the other  hand, it can be interpreted in a more figurative manner, as something ‘dark’ can also mean  something ‘unknown’. Archaeology, in itself, can be defined as the study of the dark and the  unknown, in that the past can seldom be fully understood, especially from a modern perspective.  Therefore, we would like to explore periods and themes we do not know that much about  compared to other periods of time and themes in archaeology. Within this scope are also research questions that regard how we acquire archaeological knowledge, or problems related  to this. For example, why do we know more about certain themes, periods, places and cultures  than others? And,more importantly, how can we change this? 

In the next edition of RISS, we would like to explore such a broad understanding of  «Dark Chapters». Contributions from all periods of time, places in the world and research areas  are welcome. We accept articles, essays, illustrations, book and film reviews, and fictional  works from both students and professionals. If you wish to contribute to the next edition of  RISS, please submit your contribution by April 2nd 2022 to

RISS is back!

We have just restarted RISS – an archaeological journal, run by archeology students at the University of Bergen, Norway. We would very much like you to contribute to our next edition, which is due to be published in January 2022! Since RISS has been basically dead for some years, we, the new editorial staff, like to think of ourselves as the rebirth of RISS. Therefore, our theme for the next edition of RISS is «rebirth»!


The concept of rebirth is about something being born anew. A broad understanding of the term can encompass a change in form, a transformation or a transition from one stage to another. Rebirth and recreation are aspects of life that have influenced and inspired people throughout the ages. Therefore, archaeologists often study phenomena, objects and actions as results of, or in light of, rebirth. For example, the production of stone tools, ceramics and metal objects can be interpreted as processes where raw materials are born again as finished objects. Similarly, the study of prehistoric and historic power structures and political systems can also be studied as acts of rebirth, in that power is often transferred on the basis of ideas being brought back from past times. Last, but not least, archaeology in itself can be described as a science based around the notion of rebirth. When an object or a building is being (re)discovered or taken out of the ground, it is in a way reborn; it has its own history from when it was in use, and it is given a new significance as an object of research. 


In the next edition of RISS we would like to explore this broad understanding of rebirth in archaeology. Contributions from all time periods, places in the world and research areas are welcome. We would like to have articles about all manners of things archaeological, both research and fieldwork. However, we would like to link them all together through this notion of rebirth as something imperative in the science of archaeology. 


If you would like to contribute to the next edition of RISS, please send us your contribution by December 1st 2021 to

Redesigning the website

In 2016 RISS came under a new leadership with a new editorial staff, we have done our best to get the journal back on track. As a result we have decided to change the design of our webpage, and as a consequence you will see a lot of changes during this spring. I will do my best not to remove any functionality from the page while I’m doing this, but hope you will forgive any faults that may occur due to this change.

Best. Andreas Lian, IT


RISS is Changing

RISS is an archeological journal with a popular scientific style run by archeology students from University of Bergen. After a long time with little activity, RISS has been inherited by a new editorial staff and is filled with new blood and with a new determination. The first thing that will be done is the transition from a paper based journal to a free online journal – available to everyone.

Best wishes from the staff and from Anja H. Svingen, Editor in Chief