Archaeology Awards 2017


Current Archaeology Awards 2017 – Winners Announced!

The results are in, and having counted your votes, we are pleased to share the winners of the 9th annual Current Archaeology Awards, as announced on Friday 24 February at Current Archaeology Live! 2017. Archaeologist of the Year: Mark Knight Book of the Year: Images of the Ice Age by Paul Bahn Research Project of the […]


Archaeologist of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that Mark Knight is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award. Directing the Must Farm excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Knight specialises in prehistoric landscapes, as well as Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. His interests include exploring later prehistoric contexts of inhabitation and mobility, and […]


Book of the Year 2017

Winner of the award for Book of the Year was Paul Bahn for Images of the Ice Age (published by Oxford University Press). With detailed discussions of Ice Age images and explorations of how they might be interpreted, this beautiful book demonstrates how sophisticated our ancestors were. Accepting the award, Paul Bahn said: “Thank you […]


Archaeological Innovation of the Last 50 Years

Winner of the Archaeological Innovation of the Last 50 Years was LiDAR, as exemplified by the New Forest National Park Authority. The award recognized the successful use of laser mapping surveys to reveal thousands of previously unknown archaeological sites, from prehistoric field systems and Bronze Age burial mounds to an undocumented Iron Age hillfort. Lawrence […]


Research Project of the Year 2017

The award for Research Project of the Year was accepted by the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, and the National Trust for their work at Durrington Walls. Ongoing research at Durrington Walls has revealed a massive and previously unknown palisaded enclosure beneath the banks of the famous Neolithic henge. It is a […]


Rescue Dig of the Year 2017

The award for Rescue Project of the Year was accepted by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the University of Cambridge for their work at Must Farm. Excavations of the burnt roundhouses at Must Farm have recovered quantities of well-preserved pottery, tools, textiles, and more, which paint a picture of daily life in Bronze Age Britain […]


Rethinking Durrington Walls: a long-lost monument revealed

Durrington Walls, two miles from Stonehenge, is named after the Neolithic henge that calls the location home. But with ongoing research revealing a massive and previously unknown monument hidden beneath its banks, the site’s history is set to be rewritten. Carly Hilts spoke to Vince Gaffney, Mike Parker Pearson, and Nick Snashall to find out […]


Bullets, ballistas, and Burnswark

A Roman assault on a hillfort in Scotland The ancient author Josephus once observed of the Roman military that ‘their training manoeuvres are battles without bloodshed, and their battles manoeuvres with bloodshed’. The difficulty in distinguishing between these states is well illustrated by the residue from a Roman artillery barrage at Burnswark. Were they aiming […]


Medieval voices: recording England’s early church graffiti

What can graffiti, whether impulsive or ornate, tell us about the hopes, fears, and interests of our medieval forebears? Matthew Champion describes a pioneering project that is shedding light on these enigmatic etchings. Six years ago, deep in the wilds of the Norfolk countryside, a small community archaeology project was born. Established as an entirely […]


The mystery in the marsh: Exploring an Anglo-Saxon island at Little Carlton

In May 2014, Current Archaeology reported on the discovery of a plaque inscribed with the name of an Anglo-Saxon woman, ‘Cudburg’, at Little Carlton near Louth, Lincolnshire. The site has since emerged as one of the most important high-status settlements yet found in the region. Peter Townend, Hugh Willmott, Adam Daubney, and Graham Vickers explain […]

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