For an initiative or development likely to lead to significant improvements in archaeological methodology or practice which facilitate new perceptions of the past.
Judges were looking for new initiatives which demonstrate one or more of the following:
Contribution to knowledge of the past in the UK by innovative archaeological means
The use of new or pioneering methods for dissemination and presentation or archaeological knowledge
Excellence in project design, experimental technique, imaginative investigations, innovative solutions, resourcefulness
Originality of approach
See 2016 shortlist