BAR was founded in 1974 as an academic archaeology series, and now has over 3400 titles. The two series (International and British) are published in five different languages (English, Italian, Spanish, French and German) and has served thousands of academics globally. BAR is continues to be engaged in making new areas, studies and research work worldwide easily available for all scholars.
BAR is located close to the centre of Oxford, England and run by a dedicated specialist team, some of whom have been involved since the very early days.
It all started in 1967…
In 1967 Anthony Hands, David Walker and their colleague Conant Brodribb, found it impossible to get their excavation report of a Roman Villa at Shakenoak Farm, Oxfordshire published. They recognised the need for a quality specialist publisher to bring excellent research to market quickly and efficiently.
Their ambition was to create a worldwide ‘databank in archaeology’ to be “relevant in 100 years’ time”. The idea of BAR was born. A printing machine and guillotine were bought and from a back office with the help of many teenage students, the first BARs were produced.
Anthony and David were determined to include academic archaeological work from countries which were barely represented, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and Spain under Franco’s regime. They committed to publishing manuscripts in five languages, with English being the main language, but also including manuscripts in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Brief BAR history
BAR (British Archaeological Reports (Oxford) Ltd) was established in 1974 by Anthony Hands and David Walker. For 17 years BAR produced and published two series (the BAR British Series, and BAR International Series). In 1991 Tempvs Reparatvm started publishing the BAR Series in conjunction with British Archaeological Reports (Oxford)Ltd/Hadrian Books Ltd, the Series principal publisher. In time Tempvs Reparatvm was succeeded by Archaeopress and John and Erica Hedges. For the next 18 years Archaeopress and Hedges successfully grew the output of the two series by over 2400 titles. In 2015 British Archaeological Reports (Oxford) Ltd and Archaeopress parted company (the Hedges having retired earlier) with British Archaeological Reports (Oxford) Ltd/Hadrian Books Ltd resuming its former role of both producer and publisher of the Series.