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The Bryggen Papers

The Bryggen Papers book series is a flexible peer reviewed publication channel for research on the Middle Ages in Norway and it’s international context.

The Bryggen Papers
Illustration from the cover of The Bryggen Papers Supplementary Series nr. 9: 'Small Things Forgotten' Locks and Keys & Board Games.
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The Bryggen Papers book series is a flexible peer reviewed publication channel for research on the Middle Ages in Norway and it’s international context. The series is multi-disciplinary as well as cross-disciplinary and addresses the Middle Ages in a broad sense temporally and geographically. The editorial board warmly welcomes proposals for full presentations of basic studies as well as general and interdisciplinary analysis, both in the format of monographs and anthologies.

History of the Book Series

The Bryggen Papers was established during the 1970’s as UIB’s scientific, international book series presenting the archaeological finds from the excavations at the German Wharf Bryggen in Bergen (1955–1968). Bryggen was the commercial center of the old Norwegian capital. The series had two strands: The Main Series for monographs, and The Supplementary Series for thematic anthologies.

The first volume of Bryggen Papers was published in 1984. During the 1980’s and 1990’s the series expanded its profile thematically and geographically, but still with archaeology and material culture of medieval Bergen as pivotal point. The profile was multi-disciplinary with contributors from archaeology as well as related disciplines within the humanities and natural sciences. By 2013 eight volumes of The Bryggen Papers Main Series and nine volumes of the The Bryggen Papers Supplementary series had been published.

In 2016 the current editorial board was appointed, and it was decided that the series should be updated as regards profile and publication platform. As of 2020 The Bryggen Papers is the brand and name of a non-commercial book series for research on the Middle Ages. The thematic, temporal and geographical profile is broad, but has Norway and its wide international context as a point of outset. Future books will be published in the Main Series digitally as open access, with the option for printed versions as well.