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 the judges assess nominations against.

BAA trustees also have the option of awarding an award for Best Archaeological Discovery and an Outstanding Achievement Award to an individual who over their working life has:

  • Made a substantial contribution to our knowledge of the past in the UK by archaeological means
  • Demonstrated originality of approach, methodology and 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


Our judging panel is made up of leading experts from across the archaeology field, including both professional and voluntary sectors.

Best Archaeological Project
Prof. Roger Mercer OBE

Best Community Archaeology Project
Peter Liddle

Best Archaeological Book
Christopher Catling

Best Public Representation of Archaeology
Dr Sara Perry

Best Archaeological Innovation
Roger Thomas



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