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Rescue archaeology is carried out in areas threatened by human or natural agencies. Below are all the nominees in this category.

Voting has now closed, and all the winners of the 2020 Current Archaeology Awards will be announced on 28 February as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2020.

An Anglo-Saxon Enigma: encountering a cherished Cotswold child

(Cotswold Archaeology / Operation Nightingale / Breaking Ground Heritage, CA 356)

The discovery of a high-status but enigmatic Anglo-Saxon burial in a field near Tetbury was part of archaeological work intended to gain information about the site and protect it from future ploughing regimes. The fragile nature and importance of the find made further investigation vital. 
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Roman writing on the wall: recording inscriptions at a Hadrian’s wall quarry

(Jon Allison / Newcastle University / Historic England, CA 351)

A Roman quarry wall etched with inscriptions by 3rd-century soldiers responsible for repairing parts of Hadrian’s Wall was exposed to the elements and at risk of erosion. Cutting-edge technology has been used used to document these markings and to preserve their insights into the area’s Roman past.  
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You are what you eat? Excavating the Oxford Jewry

(Oxford Archaeology, CA 350)

Excavations in the heart of Oxford unearthed some of the city’s earliest-known Anglo-Saxon structures, and remarkable evidence for the medieval city’s Jewish inhabitants, such as animal-bone assemblages that match Jewish dietary law.  
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Underneath the Abbey: uncovering more than 1,000 years of religious life in Bath

(Wessex Archaeology, CA 348)

A project to repair Bath Abbey’s collapsing floor and improve its facilities gave an opportunity to investigate a millennium of religious activity at the site, including the remains of the lost medieval cathedral, once one of the largest in England, and traces of the Anglo-Saxon monastery that preceded it.
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Life among the Dead: revealing riverside rites at Trumpington

(Cambridge Archaeological Unit, CA 348)

CAU’s excavations ahead of housing developments uncovered important evidence of the site’s ceremonial use in prehistory, including unusual burials from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, and an Iron Age settlement close to the monuments. 
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Conserving the Calder Stones: how a chambered tomb travelled from Liverpool to London

(Orbis Conservation, CA 347)

Commissioned by The Reader, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Liverpool City Council, this project saw the Calder Stones, monoliths from a prehistoric passage tomb, travel from Liverpool to Orbis’ conservation workshop in Greenwich for expert cleaning and consolidation, before being redisplayed back in Liverpool.
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