This year, the Research Project of the Year awards went to Return to Star Carr: discovering the true size of a Mesolithic settlement, featured in CA 282.

Chantal-Conneller

Chantal Conneller (middle) accepts the Research Project of the Year award from Jennie Collinson of Maney Publishing (left) and Matt Symonds, Editor of Current Archaeology (right).

Accepting the award for Research Project of the Year was Chantal Conneller of the University of Manchester, representing the Vale of Pickering Research Trust. The team were recognised for their work at Star Carr, where reinvestigation of this landmark Mesolithic site — first excavated over 60 years ago — has revealed the 11,000 year old settlement to be far more extensive than previously thought, revolutionising understanding of the nomadic groups that inhabited it.

On receiving the award, Chantal Conneller said: ‘This is very unexpected and very exciting — thank you to the readers of CA for voting for us. The Mesolithic is often seen as a period of prehistory that is relatively neglected, but it is wonderful to see that so many people are actually really interested in it. It is a great recognition for the importance of the site, which still has so much to tell us.’

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Award sponsored by Maney Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are all the nominees in this category:


Peasant Houses in Midland England

(CA 279 — Nat Alcock and Dan Miles)
Radiocarbon and tree-ring dating have revealed that thousands of Medieval peasant houses still stand in modern villages.

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Work Unfinished: Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight

(CA 280 — Barry Cunliffe/Oglander Roman Trust)
Discovered in 1880, Brading villa is famed for its spectacular mosaics, but recent research has uncovered its wider story.

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Viking Torksey: inside the Great Army’s winter camp

(CA 281 — University of Sheffield/University of York/British Museum)
Careful analysis of artefacts recovered over the last 20 years has pinpointed the long-lost location of a massive Viking camp.

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Return to Star Carr: discovering the true size of a Mesolithic settlement

(CA 282 — Vale of Pickering Research Trust)
Reinvestigation of this landmark Mesolithic site has revealed it to be far more extensive than previously thought.

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Time Heals: digging Caerwent with Operation Nightingale

(CA 282 — Defence Archaeology Group/Defence Infrastructure Organisation/University of Leicester/Cranfield University)
This project used archaeological fieldwork to aid the recovery of wounded servicemen — and shed new light on Roman Wales.

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Redating Early England: explaining the end of Early Anglo-Saxon funerary traditions

(CA 285 — Cardiff University/English Heritage)
A major survey of almost 600 Early Medieval graves, creating the first framework for Early Anglo-Saxon burial practices.

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