The journal is dedicated to unique archaeological finds that remained frozen and well preserved for hundreds and even thousands of years in the cryosphere and recently became accessible as a consequence of climate change. The journal aims to report on archaeological discoveries from glacial, permafrost, polar and high‐altitude frozen contexts around the world with special emphasis on the interpretation of frozen artefacts in the with regard to climate change and the social, political and ethical consequences of the inquiry. Some recent topics incude:
- The High-Alpine Cultural Heritage in the Central Alps
- The challenges of artefact conservation in Antarctica
- Methodological techniques in glacial archaeological research, such as Geographic Information Systems, pollen analysis or radiocarbon dating
- And of course, about the fellow mummies of Hauslabjoch (Ötzi), the best-known Neolithic man found in the Tyrolean Alps in 1991. These findings include children mummies from Mount Lullaillaco (Argentina) who were sacrificed five hundred years ago, under the rule of the Inca Empire or skeletal remains from at the Upper Theodul glacier (Switzerland) in the 1980s and -‘90s, dated to c. AD 1600.