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.
The 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.