Category: Archaeology Awards

Every year, the Current Archaeology Awards celebrate the projects and publications that have made the pages of Current Archaeology over the 12 months, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.

We will be announcing the nominees for the awards in Current Archaeology, and we will list the nominees here on the Current Archaeology website, where you will be able to cast your votes.

These awards are voted for entirely the public – there are no panels of judges – so we encourage you to get involved and choose the projects, publications, and people who you would like to win.

The main prizes are awarded in the following four categories: Book of the Year; Research Project of the Year; Rescue Dig of the Year; and Archaeologist of the Year.

Find out more about voting in this year's Archaeology Awards

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Current Archaeology Awards 2017 – Winners Announced!

The results are in, and having counted your votes, we are pleased to share the winners of the 9th annual Current Archaeology Awards, as announced on Friday 24 February at Current Archaeology Live! 2017. Archaeologist of the Year: Mark Knight Book of the Year: Images of the Ice Age by Paul Bahn Research Project of the […]

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Current Archaeology Awards

Every year, the Current Archaeology Awards celebrate the people and projects that have made the pages of CA this year, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology. These awards are voted for entirely by the public – there are no panels of judges. You can read about all the 2017 nominees using […]

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Archaeologist of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that Mark Knight is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award. Directing the Must Farm excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Knight specialises in prehistoric landscapes, as well as Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. His interests include exploring later prehistoric contexts of inhabitation and mobility, and […]

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Book of the Year 2017

Winner of the award for Book of the Year was Paul Bahn for Images of the Ice Age (published by Oxford University Press). With detailed discussions of Ice Age images and explorations of how they might be interpreted, this beautiful book demonstrates how sophisticated our ancestors were. Accepting the award, Paul Bahn said: “Thank you […]

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Archaeological Innovation of the Last 50 Years

Winner of the Archaeological Innovation of the Last 50 Years was LiDAR, as exemplified by the New Forest National Park Authority. The award recognized the successful use of laser mapping surveys to reveal thousands of previously unknown archaeological sites, from prehistoric field systems and Bronze Age burial mounds to an undocumented Iron Age hillfort. Lawrence […]

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Research Project of the Year 2017

The award for Research Project of the Year was accepted by the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, and the National Trust for their work at Durrington Walls. Ongoing research at Durrington Walls has revealed a massive and previously unknown palisaded enclosure beneath the banks of the famous Neolithic henge. It is a […]

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Rescue Dig of the Year 2017

The award for Rescue Project of the Year was accepted by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the University of Cambridge for their work at Must Farm. Excavations of the burnt roundhouses at Must Farm have recovered quantities of well-preserved pottery, tools, textiles, and more, which paint a picture of daily life in Bronze Age Britain […]

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Book of the Year 2016

This year’s winner of the Book of the Year award is The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland by Marion Dowd   Celtic Art in Europe: Making Connections (Editors: Chris Gosden, Sally Crawford, and Katharina Ulmschneider, CA 302) This collection of 37 papers is essential reading for those interested in the possible meanings of decorated objects from […]

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Rescue Dig of the Year 2016

  Congratulations to The Drumclay crannog-dwellers: revealing 1,000 years of lakeside living, winner of the Rescue Dig of the Year category in the 2016 Current Archaeology Awards.     The Drumclay crannog-dwellers: revealing 1,000 years of lakeside living (CA 299 – Nora Bermingham and Caitríona Moore, excavations carried out on behalf of the Department of […]

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Research Project of the Year 2016

  This year, the Research Project of the Year award went to Recapturing Berkeley Castle: one trench, 1500 years of English history   Digging Sedgeford: A people’s Archaeology (CA 299 –Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) Almost two decades of digging at an Anglo-Saxon settlement in Norfolk has shed intriguing light on early medieval settlement […]

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