Archaeology Awards

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.

These awards are voted for entirely by 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.

Voting is now open for the 2018 Current Archaeology Awards. Click on the links below to read about the nominees in each category:

Archaeologist of the Year
Book of the Year
Research Project of the Year
Rescue Project of the Year

Once you've made your choices, click here to cast your vote!

Voting closes on 5 February 2018, and the winners will be announced at the special awards ceremony on 23 February at Current Archaeology Live! 2018. Entry to the awards reception is included as part of the ticket for CA Live! – for more details, click here.

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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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Archaeologist of the Year 2016

We are delighted to announce that Roberta Gilchrist is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award.   Philip Crummy Philip Crummy is Director and Principal Archaeologist at Colchester Archaeological Trust, a position he has held since 1971. In that time he has dedicated his career to putting Roman Colchester (Camulodunum) on […]

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Research Project of the Year 2015

This year, the Research Project of the Year award went to Maryport’s Mystery Monuments. Accepting the award were Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott, of Newcastle University. They were recognised for their work at Maryport, where ongoing excavations at the 2nd century Roman fort have revealed the enigmatic traces of a huge timber building, whose post […]

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Archaeologist of the Year 2015

We are delighted to announce that Michael Fulford is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award. Professor Michael Fulford  has directed excavations at Silchester, a major Roman and Iron Age site in Hampshire, for almost 20 years. The project ended last summer, and has revealed a wealth of information about how […]

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Rescue Dig of the Year 2015

Congratulations to First Impressions: discovering the earliest footprints in Europe, winner of the Rescue Dig of the Year category in the 2015 Current Archaeology Awards. The award was accepted by Professor Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum and Dr Simon Lewis of Queen Mary, University of London, on behalf of the Happisburgh Project team […]

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Book of the Year 2015

This year’s winner of the Book of the Year award is The History of Archaeology, edited by Paul Bahn. Exploring how archaeology is practised in countries ranging across Europe, the Far East, Africa, and Latin America “ often prompting surprising comparisons — this thought-provoking book examines how archaeology is not always politically neutral, and closes with […]

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