Overview and Submission Guidelines


ORCA’s Current Research page publishes brief synopses of completed or ongoing archaeological research or compliance projects. The goal is to increase professional and public awareness of the work archaeologists are currently conducting in Colorado and surrounding regions. Eligible projects include field investigations, lab analyses, or collections studies.

How to Prepare Your Submission

Contributions to ORCA’s Current Research should be written for a broad audience. They should cover topics of interest to heritage professionals in a way that is also accessible to avocationals and knowledgeable laypersons. Contributions are limited to a maximum of 1,000 words and so should be regarded as an extended abstract or brief encyclopedia entry.

The first few sentences of each contribution should describe the significance of the project. Tell readers about your project’s salience for regional archaeology or historic preservation and about your major findings. Subsequent paragraphs can describe the project’s location, participants, methods, and so forth. You may also wish to compare or contrast your results with those of prior projects.

Because contributions to Current Research are brief, and are intended to highlight a project’s most important results, they should not include a list of references cited or data tables. Do not include subheadings or text formatting, such as bold or underlined words or phrases. Do not include in-text citations to figures.

You may submit up to five illustrations to accompany your contribution. Select images that help tell the story of the project. Those may include maps (showing only general site locations), charts, photographs that show archaeological features or fieldwork in progress, or artifact illustrations. Higher-resolution images are preferred, but any pixel dimensions at or above screen resolution are acceptable. Charts, maps, or line drawings may be submitted either as vector graphics (EPS, SVG, AI [CS6 or earlier], or similar) or as raster graphics (JPG or TIF).


Use this form to submit your project. On the form include:

  • Primary author name, affiliation, and email
  • Additional author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Additional project participant(s) and affiliation(s) (optional)
  • Title (no more than 250 characters in length)
  • Keywords (one or two)
  • Primary source document reference, such as a thesis, technical report, or book chapter (optional)
  • External URL (optional)
  • Image file names (up to five)
  • Image captions (one for each image up to 250 characters each)
  • Text file name (in Word [DOC, DOCX, or RTF]; PDF files cannot be accepted)

The project description should not exceed 1,000 words. Submit the description as a separate text file. Do not include tables, in-text bibliographic or figure citations, subheadings, or text formatting (bold, italics, etc.). Consult the American Antiquity style guide for information on specific textual elements, such as radiometric dates, measurements, capitalization, and spelling of specific archaeological terms.

Email the form, the text file with the project description, and up to five accompanying illustrations to Chris.Johnston@paleocultural.org. ORCA staff will format your contribution and assign it a number.

Please direct questions regarding submission content or format to Mark Mitchell at Mark.Mitchell@Paleocultural.org

By submitting a contribution to ORCA’s Current Research page you agree to the following terms:

OCRA’s Current Research page is provided by Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG) for public use. You represent and warrant that you are the author and owner of all rights to the work and that the work is original and does not infringe upon any statutory copyright or any common law right or proprietary right of any individual or organization. You grant PCRG a non-exclusive, worldwide, and royalty-free right to serve your work on the ORCA website. PCRG shall have the right to continue serving your work in connection with any modification or reconfiguration of the OCRA website whether now known or hereafter devised. PCRG reserves the right at any time to discontinue ORCA. All content will be reviewed by PCRG staff and PCRG reserves the right to accept or reject any and all content to ORCA’s Current Research page.


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