Awards aims and mission

The aim 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 the granting of awards for excellence or other appropriate reasons.

Our mission is for the awards to be recognised and valued by archaeologists, those they work with and the wider public to facilitate and celebrate good practice in archaeology, raise the profile of the discipline and contribute to a greater recognition of the academic, social, environmental and public relations value of archaeology.

Criteria for the awards

Each award has a set of criteria that the judges assess nominations against. Shortlisting is also based on the quality of the application as submitted to the British Archaeological Awards panel.

BAA trustees also have the option of awarding a discretionary Award for Best Discovery and an Outstanding Achievement Award to an individual who over their working life has made a valued contribution to one or more of the following:

  • Made a substantial addition to our knowledge of the past in the UK by archaeological means
  • Demonstrated originality of approach, methodology or presentation
  • Shown commitment to recognised professional standards and ethics
  • Been effective in dissemination and presentation of research
  • Supported and inspired colleagues, students or members of the public

Judges

Our judging panel is made up of leading experts from across the archaeology field, including both professional and voluntary sectors. The judging panel Chairs for 2016 are:

Best Archaeological Project
John Lewis

Best Community Engagement Archaeology Project
Eila Macqueen

Best Archaeological Book
Paul Stamper

Best Public Presentation of Archaeology
Louise Ennis

Best Archaeological Innovation
Andrew Davidson

 

 

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