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 2012 British Archaeological Awards were announced at a ceremony held on Monday 9 July 2012 at the British Museum in London. The ceremony was also the launch event for the 2012 Festival of British Archaeology, a huge celebration of archaeology run by the Council for British Archaeology with more than 1000 events taking place across the UK.

The next awards will be held on 14 July 2014 at the British Museum in London with nominations opening 1 November 2013.

Thanks to everyone who entered for the @BAAWARDSUK 2014 - a bumper year for UK #archaeology
Nominations close today for @BAAWARDSUK 2014 so last chance to enter your #archaeologyuk project: http://t.co/PR5RkZ3oDr
Nominations close today for @BAAWARDSUK 2014 so last chance to enter your #archaeology project: http://t.co/PR5RkZ3oDr
@ScotMonth @BAAWARDSUK @ArchaeologistSP deadline extended to 7 March so still 5 days to go!
5 days to share the best in UK #archaeology and nominate your project - don't be shy: http://t.co/SxgUqfIXFq
One week to go to recognise your #archaeology project by entering it for the British Archaeological @BAAWARDSUK 2014 http://t.co/8HB1H04VHp
Email us your entry form by 28 Feb to enter an #archaeologyuk project for the 2014 awards - see downloadable forms at http://t.co/tXBRem5sPw
Give #archaeologyUK the recognition it deserves and enter a project for @BAAAWARDSUK by 28 Feb: http://t.co/U4wY8NNgl5
Thanks for the RTs - keep spreading the word: 8 weeks to nominate for the 2014 British #ArchaeologyUK Awards: http://t.co/tXBRem5sPw
Just 8 weeks left to nominate - or self nominate - a project for the 2014 British Archaeological Awards: http://t.co/Y67mpMMJTc