The biennial British Archaeological Awards are the most prestigious awards in British archaeology. In 2010, they encompassed six awards covering every aspect of British archaeology.


19 July, British Museum, London

2010 Award winners

Best Archaeological Project: The Tarbat Discovery Programmeweb link
Highly Commended:
Archaeology of Inchmarnock Research Project – web link
Mellor Heritage Project 2007-9 – web link

Best Community Archaeology Project: Fin Cop – Solving a Derbyshire Mysteryweb link
Highly Commended:
‘Discover the Lost Bishop’s Palace’ – Wisbech Castle Community Archaeology Project – web link
Mellor Heritage Project 2007-9 – web link

Best Archaeological Book: Europe’s Lost World: the re-discovery of Doggerland by Vince Gaffney, Simon Fitch & David Smith, published by the Council for British Archaeologyweb link
Highly Commended:
Britain’s Oldest Art: The Ice Age Cave Art of Creswell Crags by Paul Bahn & Paul Pettitt, published by English Heritage – web link
The Rose and The Globe, playhouses of Shakespeare’s Bankside, Southwark: Excavations 1988-1991 by Julian Bowsher & Pat Miller, published by Museum of London Archaeology – web link

Best Representation of Archaeology in the Media: The Thames Discovery Programme web site ( – web link
Highly Commended:
Tinderbox Productions for BBC Radio 4: In Pursuit of Treasure & The Voices Who Dug Up The Past – web link 1, web link 2
Time Team Series 16, Episode 5: Blood, Sweat & Beers – Risehill, North Yorks – web link

Best Archaeological Innovation: Lindow Man: a Bog Body Mystery Exhibition at the Manchester Museum (April 2008-April 2009)web link
Highly Commended:
Integrated Archaeological Database (IADB:
The Portable Antiquities Scheme web site (

Best Archaeological Discovery: The Staffordshire Hoardweb link
Highly Commended:
Late Bronze Age Copper and Tin Ingots from Moor Sand – web link
Links of Noltland excavations – discovery of Orkney Venus figurine – web link

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