Research project of the year


Research Project of the Year 2021 – Nominees

COVID-19 has not stopped these exceptional projects from going ahead. Below are all the nominees for Research Project of the Year. Voting closes on 8 February 2021, and all the winners of the 2021 Current Archaeology Awards will then be announced on 26 February as part of our virtual Current Archaeology Live! 2021.


Research Project of the Year 2020

The Research Project of the Year award was won by ‘Life beside the lake: opening a new window on the Mesolithic at Star Carr’. Star Carr, in North Yorkshire, is celebrated as Britain’s most important Mesolithic (‘Middle Stone Age’; c.9000-4000 BC) site, home to an extraordinary hunter-gatherer settlement that has yielded unprecedented insights into a little-understood […]


Research Project of the Year 2019

The Research Project of the Year award was won by ‘Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex’ – the largest ever ancient DNA study to date. Accepting the award for Research Project of the Year 2019 were Dr Selina Brace and Dr Tom Booth from the Natural History Museum and Professor Ian […]


Research Project of the Year 2018

The award for Research Project of the Year was accepted by the University of Buckingham for their work at Blick Mead. Accepting the award for Research Project of the Year 2018 was David Jacques from the University of Buckingham. The excavations at Blick Mead, about a mile from Stonehenge, have provided a plethora of information about […]


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 […]


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 […]


Research Project of the Year 2016

  This year, the Research Project of the Year award went to Recapturing Berkeley Castle: one trench, 1500 years of English history   Digging Sedgeford: A people’s Archaeology (CA 299 –Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) Almost two decades of digging at an Anglo-Saxon settlement in Norfolk has shed intriguing light on early medieval settlement […]


Britons Abroad

The untold story of emigration and object mobility from Roman Britain Britons are traditionally believed to have taken scant advantage of the opportunities to travel that the Roman Empire presented. But do tantalising clusters of brooches tell a different story? Tatiana Ivleva has gone in search of the Britons abroad. Sometime around AD 80, two […]


Writing Mucking: lives in land

Current Archaeology normally features dirt archaeology, but archaeologists today often excavate archives as well – that is to say, they are engaged in digging into the archives in order to publish definitive accounts of past excavations. Here Christopher Evans and Sam Lucy give us an idea of the challenges they faced in completing the last […]

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