Current Issue

No. 10 (2020): METALLA Sonderheft
					View No. 10 (2020): METALLA Sonderheft

The results of the conference "Resources and Transformation in Pre-modern Societies" have been published in the new METALLA Sonderheft 10. The conference has taken place online on various dates in November, December 2020 and January 2021.

The publication is part of the “Resources in Societies” project of the Leibniz PostDoc School. (ReSoc). ReSoc is a cooperation project between the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM), the Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB) and the FernUniversität in Hagen (FUH).

The published abstracts deal with resource-based change processes on a theoretical and empirical basis in order analyse the embeddedness of social institutions and their resource-driven behaviour. This approach aims at a multivocal perspective, in which the entanglement of humans with their materialised environment becomes apparent through various practices. This includes how social institutions emerge and change through such processes in different times and eras.

The main topics (conference sessions) of the published abstracts dealing with:

Life Worlds in Resource Landscapes
Skill, Embodiment and the Growth of Knowledge
Resources and Complex Systems

Published: 2021-01-05

Full Issue

View All Issues

Aim and Scope of the Journal

The journal METALLA is an international, peer-reviewed, English-language archaeological and archaeometallurgical journal with clear acquisitions to archaeometry, conservation science to economic, mining and raw materials archaeology and economic history. The journal is published in printed form with two issues per year. It is one of the most renowned academic journals in this subject spectrum and combines the historical, archaeological and archaeometric scientific fields at the highest professional level. The contributions are strongly related to mining, the production, provenance and preservation of artefacts, their trade as well as the prospecting and processing of ancient geo-resources. 

General Information

The journal METALLA is published by the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM, German Mining Museum), in addition to the journal Der Anschnitt (, the publication platform OMP and other print publications (

The METALLA has the International Standard Serial Number ISSN 0947-6229 and the Electronic International Standard Serial Number E-ISSN 2749-6430. From 2022, METALLA has moved to an open-access journal, where the printed version is still available for purchase. Submitted articles undergo a double-blind peer reviewing process. Accepted papers are published with platinum Open Access by Ruhr University Bochum, free for both reader and author and available from day one.