Alison Sheridan collects the award for Archaeologist of the Year 2020 at the Current Archaeology Awards.
[Photo credit: Adam Stanford, Aerial-Cam]
Alison Sheridan collects the award for Archaeologist of the Year 2020 at the Current Archaeology Awards.
[Photo credit: Adam Stanford, Aerial-Cam]

Top archaeological honours at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards went to Professor Alison Sheridan, who has been named Archaeologist of the Year for 2020.

An eminent archaeologist who has enjoyed an impressive career, Alison has just retired from (and become a Research Associate at) National Museums Scotland, where she had been Principal Archaeological Research Curator.

She was President of the Prehistoric Society between 2010 and 2014, and co-Chair of the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework’s Neolithic panel. Her research spans the Neolithic, Chalcolithic (‘Copper Age’), and Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland; she has collaborated in major international projects including the Beaker People Project, Projet JADE, and Projet JADE2, and was Principal Investigator for a project studying gold in Britain’s gold-bearing regions 2450-800 BC.

Alison has published widely; lectured in Europe, the USA, and China; curated exhibitions; and appeared on TV and radio. In 2018, she was awarded the British Academy’s Grahame Clark Medal for prehistoric research; in 2019, she won the Prehistoric Society’s Europa Award and was made a Fellow of the British Academy. Accepting the award, Alison Sheridan said: ‘Wow – what can I say? I am overwhelmed – thank you to all who voted, I am honoured and very grateful.’

For a full list of the nominees, visit www.archaeology.co.uk/awards


Notes for editors:

  • Current Archaeology, the UK’s leading archaeology magazine, announced the winners of their 2020 awards, presented by archaeologist and educator Julian Richards (who previously headed the popular archaeological television programme Meet the Ancestors) on February 28, as part of the annual Current Archaeology Live! 2020 conference, held at the University of London’s Senate House.
  • Voted for by subscribers and members of the public, the awards recognise the outstanding contributions to our understanding of the past made by the people, projects, and publications featured in the pages of Current Archaeology over the previous 12 months.
  • The 2020 Current Archaeology Award for Archaeologist of the Year was sponsored by Andante Travels.

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