Category: Archaeology Awards


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 […]


Rescue Project 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 […]


Rethinking Durrington Walls: a long-lost monument revealed

Durrington Walls, two miles from Stonehenge, is named after the Neolithic henge that calls the location home. But with ongoing research revealing a massive and previously unknown monument hidden beneath its banks, the site’s history is set to be rewritten. Carly Hilts spoke to Vince Gaffney, Mike Parker Pearson, and Nick Snashall to find out […]


Bullets, ballistas, and Burnswark

A Roman assault on a hillfort in Scotland The ancient author Josephus once observed of the Roman military that ‘their training manoeuvres are battles without bloodshed, and their battles manoeuvres with bloodshed’. The difficulty in distinguishing between these states is well illustrated by the residue from a Roman artillery barrage at Burnswark. Were they aiming […]


Medieval voices: recording England’s early church graffiti

What can graffiti, whether impulsive or ornate, tell us about the hopes, fears, and interests of our medieval forebears? Matthew Champion describes a pioneering project that is shedding light on these enigmatic etchings. Six years ago, deep in the wilds of the Norfolk countryside, a small community archaeology project was born. Established as an entirely […]


The mystery in the marsh: Exploring an Anglo-Saxon island at Little Carlton

In May 2014, Current Archaeology reported on the discovery of a plaque inscribed with the name of an Anglo-Saxon woman, ‘Cudburg’, at Little Carlton near Louth, Lincolnshire. The site has since emerged as one of the most important high-status settlements yet found in the region. Peter Townend, Hugh Willmott, Adam Daubney, and Graham Vickers explain […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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