The British Archaeological Awards are a showcase for the best in UK archaeology and a central event in the archaeological calendar. Established in 1976, they now encompass five Awards and two discretionary awards, covering every aspect of UK archaeology.

BAA111DThe purpose of the Awards is to advance public education in the study and practice of archaeology in all its aspects in the United Kingdom, and in particular by the granting of awards for excellence and/or initiative.

The Awards are committed to recognising significant contributions to knowledge and the importance of research, professional standards and excellence, involvement of local communities in the study of archaeology, effective dissemination and presentation of archaeological knowledge, and innovation and originality of approach.

The 2014 British Archaeological Awards were announced at a ceremony held on Monday 14 July 2014 at the British Museum in London, also marking the launch of the annual British Festival of Archaeology, the largest celebration of archaeology in the world, run by the Council for British Archaeology with more than 1000 events taking place across the UK.

See the 2014 winning entries.

The 2016 British Archaeological Awards will take place on 11 July 2016. Nominations will open on 14 September 2015 at the British Archaeological Insights Seminar at the Society of Antiquaries of London. Email us for a seminar programme and to reserve your place.

What makes the best of British #archaeology? Find out in the @BAAWARDSUK blog coming soon!
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Nominations are now open for British Archaeological Awards 2016 #celebratearchaeology @archaeologyuk #archaeology
We heard today how important BAAwards are to winners' credibility, future funding and pride: nominate your project:
@tj_sutcliffe Thanks Tara Jane, it's good to be able to share such wonderful projects! #celebratearchaeology
Thanks to Julian Richards for chairing the #BAAInsights seminar celebrating the breadth, innovation and engagement in British #archaeology
Award-winning community engagement numbers @coastarch
@coastarch volunteers value being part of award-winning project and having independent validation 'it's nice to win!' #BAAInsights
@CoastArch sharing unique #communityarchaeology recording of 19c diving bell barge from BA Award-winning SCHARP projects #BAAInsights
@channel4 team share how winning British #Archaeology Public Presentation Award gave them credibility with archaeologists to commission more