Finalists for the 2016 British Archaeological Awards have been announced, showcasing the very latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK.
The entries this year reflect the incredible wealth and range of archaeology that is going on across the United Kingdom, the quality and expertise of our world-leading archaeologists, and the ever increasing fascination of the public with the history and archaeology of their local area. Increasingly archaeologists are responding to this interest by developing new ways to help people to participate in research and excavations, and share and understand new discoveries – and this shines through in our shortlisted entries.
Entries are judged by independent panels made up of leading experts from across the archaeology field in the UK, including both professional and voluntary sectors.
The shortlisted entries are:
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT
• Silchester Town Life Project, University of Reading
• Ulster Scots Archaeological Services Project, AECOM/The Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd
• Westgate Oxford, Oxford Archaeology South
BEST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
• Battles, Bricks and Bridges, Cleenish Community Association and Killesher Community Development Association
• Dig Greater Manchester, Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford
• Whithorn: Hearth, Home and Farm, with DigTV, The Whithorn Trust
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL BOOK
• St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle, Angela Gannon and George Geddes, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
• Stonehenge: Making sense of a prehistoric mystery, Mike Parker Pearson with Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas and Kate Welham, Council for British Archaeology
• Welsh Slate – Archaeology and History of an Industry, David Gwyn, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
BEST PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF ARCHAEOLOGY
• The Picts: a learning resource, Forestry Commission Scotland
• Secret History, London’s Lost Graveyard: The Crossrail Discovery, True North Productions for Channel 4
• Under London, National Geographic magazine
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL INNOVATION
• Digital Dig Team, DigVentures
• Internet Archaeology, University of York
• POSTGLACIAL Project, University of York
The winners of the 2016 British Archaeological Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum on 11 July, compèred by Julian Richards, archaeologist and TV presenter.
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