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Nominations Open for 2021 Archaeological Achievement Awards

Nominations Open for 2021 Archaeological Achievement Awards

Following a three-year hiatus, and a brand-new look, the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is pleased to announce that nominations for the Archaeological Achievements Awards 2021 are now open.

Formerly known as British Archaeology Awards, the awards have been expanded and renamed to include the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Along with these changes the award categories have been revised to better reflect the aspirations of the steering group and judging panel to showcase the very best of archaeological activity across the British Isles and island of Ireland.

As a central event in the archaeological calendar, the purpose of the Archaeological Achievement Awards is to advance the study, practice and dissemination of archaeological activity in all its aspects and to celebrate its impact and legacies.

There are five main award categories and one overall achievement award. The awards will be judged against a series of cross cutting themes.


Award categories:


• Archaeological innovation
• Public dissemination of presentation
• Engagement and participation
• Early career archaeologist
• Learning, training and skills
Overall achievement award


Cross cutting themes:


• Health and wellbeing
• Collaboration – commercial/academic/public
• Equality, diversity and inclusion
• Placeshaping/placemaking


Neil Redfern, Chief Executive of the CBA, said: “We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 awards. We are looking forward to seeing a wide range of projects in all the categories and the opportunity to really celebrate the best of archaeology across the island of Ireland and the British Isles. We are all aware of how important the archaeology and heritage on our doorsteps has become during the COVID pandemic and lockdowns. These awards will allow us to demonstrate the importance as well as the wide contribution archaeological activity makes to health and wellbeing, inclusion and placemaking.”


Nominations are open until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 October 2021. Full details including nomination criteria and guidelines can be found on the Archaeological Achievement Awards website https://www.archaeologicalawards.com/

Neil Redfern, Executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology [L] and Professor Carenza Lewis [R] announce the Archaeological Achievement Awards at the Festival of Archaeology’s closing event in Hull on Sunday 1 August.

For more information, interviews and requests, please get in contact with Marketing and Communications Manager, Kerry Edwards at kerry@archaeologyuk.org.


About Council for British Archaeology


The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) was founded in 1944, and is an educational charity committed to making archaeology accessible to anyone interested in exploring the stories of people and place. We have been at the forefront of advocating for archaeology and the participation of the public in archaeological activities for the last 75 years. As the voice of archaeology in the UK we bring together community groups, commercial units, academics and heritage organisations to create and share opportunities to participate, discover and be inspired by archaeology. The CBA provides opportunities for people to participate in archaeology through the annual Festival of Archaeology and our Young Archaeologists’ Clubs. We deliver the annual Archaeological Achievement Awards and a range of other events and activities throughout the year. Through our Listed Buildings Casework team and advocacy work we fulfil our statutory role to speak up for the historic environment, while our youth engagement team ensure 16-25 year old’s have opportunities to develop skills and leadership tools. By supporting our affiliate members and CBA groups with guidance, networking, promotion and training opportunities we help ensure that anyone can access the archaeology in
their local area. The Festival of Archaeology showcases archaeology and heritage from across the UK, supporting the delivery of c500 events annually.

Despite the pandemic and the Festival being force online in 2020 we saw 580,000 participants and a digital reach of over 24 million. Our Young Archaeologists’ Club is the only UK-wide club where 8-16 year-olds can participate in real archaeology and discover why it matters. Our magazine, British Archaeology, alongside our digital presence, is the means by which we communicate our work, explore keys areas of policy and practice and highlight some fantastic archaeology.

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