Rescue archaeology is carried out in areas threatened by human or natural agencies.

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Below are all the nominees for Rescue Project of the Year 2018. Once you’ve made your choice, click here to cast your vote!

Voting closes on 5 February 2018, and the winners of the 2018 Current Archaeology Awards will be announced on 23 February as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2018.


Great Ryburgh: a remarkable Anglo-Saxon cemetery revealed

(MOLACA 322)

The discovery of a mid-Anglo Saxon burial ground near Great Ryburgh, Norfolk revealed well preserved wooden coffins, made of both planks of wood and hollowed out oak logs, providing rare new evidence of early medieval burial practices.

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The cist on Whitehorse Hill: inside an early Bronze Age burial

(Historic England, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, and Dartmoor National Park AuthorityCA 322)

An early Bronze Age cist on Whitehorse Hill in Dartmoor was quickly eroding. Thought to be empty, excavations unexpectedly discovered an intact burial with grave goods unparalleled to any other cists in the region, suggesting that organic material may have been as valuable as metallic objects.

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The Larkhill causewayed enclosure: rethinking the early Neolithic Stonehenge landscape;
Preparing for the Front: a forgotten First World War practice battlefield at Larkhill

(Wessex Archaeology and WYGCA 326 and CA 328)

Discoveries from the Larkhill excavations span the course of history (and pre-history). In two issues of CA these findings were explored, including a causewayed enclosure that rewrites our perception of the Neolithic landscape and a First World War practice battlefield.

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An Iron Age chariot burial: excavating a square-barrow cemetery at Pocklington

(MAP Archaeological Practice – CA 327)

Excavations at Pocklington, East Yorkshire revealed an Iron Age square barrow. Remarkably, the shallow grave contained the immaculately preserved remains of a chariot, its owner, as well as two ponies artfully arranged alongside the chariot.

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Wales’ earliest village? Exploring a Neolithic neighbourhood at Llanfaethlu

(C.R. ArchaeologyCA 332)

While previously only a few solitary buildings from the Neolithic have been discovered in northern Wales, excavations on Anglesey have revealed four houses dating back almost 6000 years. The results provide invaluable information on the early Neolithic settlement of Wales.

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A colourful past: uncovering magnificent mosaics in the heart of Roman Leicester

(University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS)CA 332)

Leicester MosaicElaborate mosaics that once furnished the floors of elegant Roman townhouses were uncovered in one of the largest excavations in Leicester in over a decade, shedding new light on the city’s Roman history, particularly upper-status living.

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Voting closes on 5 February 2018

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