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This has been another exceptional year for archaeological research. 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.

Myths and Monsters: the Boxford mosaic revealed

(Boxford History Project / Cotswold Archaeology / Anthony Beeson, CA 357)

A remarkable mosaic, first discovered in 2017, was fully excavated in summer 2019 thanks to a project involving over a hundred local volunteers. It revealed one of the most impressive mosaics ever found in the UK, with sophisticated depictions of scenes from Classical mythology. 
Read the full article here.

Axe the Anglo Saxons? Rethinking the migration period

(Susan Oosthuizen, University of Cambridge, CA 355)

Ideas about the ‘Anglo-Saxon migrations’ and life in Britain after Roman occupation have been the source of much debate in recent years. Now research proposes continuity and adaptation from a late Roman base, rather than imported cultural practices imposed by an invasion of migrating Germanic elites. 
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Resolving Repton: a Viking Great Army winter camp and beyond

(Cat Jarman, CA 352)

New analysis and excavation have enhanced understandings of the 9th-century Viking army camp at Repton, and the mass grave associated with it. The research also discovered a possible second camp a few miles away, altering the story of the Viking presence in Repton. 
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New Secrets from Prittlewell: reconstructing a burial chamber fit for a prince

(Museum of London Archaeology / Southend Borough Council, CA 352)

The Prittlewell burial, with its luxurious grave goods, was known to be significant when it was first discovered in 2003, but research and conservation efforts since then have enabled the team at MOLA to piece together information about the individual buried in the chamber and the East Saxon kingdom in which he lived. 
Read the full article here.

Life beside the Lake: opening a window on the Mesolithic at Star Carr

(University of York / Newcastle University / University of Chester, CA 349)

This project, involving over a decade of work at Star Carr, presents new interpretations of the site, offers more detail about the lives of its inhabitants, and provides unprecedented insight into the Mesolithic period at this exceptional, spectacularly preserved site.
Read the full article here.

Investigating Ava: an encounter with a woman from Copper Age Caithness

(Maya Hoole, CA 346)

A range of scientific techniques have been used to shed light on the life and death of a woman buried at the northern tip of mainland Scotland c.4,250 years ago. Information has been gathered about her health, her diet, her lifestyle, and her ancestors, as well as the way she was buried, exemplifying how much science can tell us about people in the past.
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