This year’s winner of the Book of the Year award is Roman Camps in Britain by Rebecca Jones, as reviewed in issue 268 of Current Archaeology.
This volume brings to life the mostly ephemeral traces of the temporary fortifications built by the Roman army while engaged in military campaigns or construction projects in Britain.
The finest set of such fortifications surviving anywhere in the former Roman Empire, this book reveals an all-too-often neglected aspect of the Roman occupation.
On receiving the award, Rebecca Jones said:
‘I would like to thank Current Archaeology for the support it gives to archaeology in Britain and in particular its strong interest in Roman archaeology.
‘I am very touched to have won — this book is based on research that I have been doing for a very long time, and to have this recognition is a great honour and a privilege. I would like to dedicate this award to my husband and two children.’
Below are all the nominees in this category:
Making Archaeology Happen (CA 265)
This call-to-arms for a more flexible approach to fieldwork considers archaeology as an art, science, and social discipline.
The Birth of Modern Britain (CA 267)
Pryor explores the evolution of the Britain we know today, arguing that the past is no less important for being recent.
London 1100-1600 (CA 267)
Drawing together 40 years of research, this book reveals how London’s construction boom was an archaeological boon.
Roman Camps in Britain (CA 268)
Meticulous analysis of the role of temporary military camps, and how they reflect the ebb and flow of Roman campaigns.
Britain Begins (CA 271)
An interdisciplinary overview, sweeping from the end of the last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest.
Roman Nottinghamshire (CA 272)
A fact-rich narrative of the land of the Corieltauvi, and the antiquarians who brought it back to light.