The Archaeology Awards

The annual Current Archaeology Awards celebrate the projects and publications that have made the pages of CA over the last 12 months, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.

Winners 2018

Hella Eckardt

Archaeologist of the Year

Hella Eckardt receives the 2018 award for Archaeologist of the Year.

Hella Eckardt is an Associate Professor of Roman archaeology, and her research focuses on the material culture of the north-western provinces. A specialist in social approaches to Roman archaeology, she explores social and cultural identity in antiquity, and her latest monograph Writing and power in the Roman world: literacies and material culture considers relationships between the material culture of writing and sociocultural identities.

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Rescue Project of the Year

Paula Ware of MAP Archaeological Practice accepting the Rescue Project of the Year award for 2018, from Julian Richards.

An Iron Age chariot burial: excavating a square-barrow cemetery at Pocklington
(CA 327 – MAP Archaeological Practice).

Excavations at Pocklington, East Yorkshire revealed an Iron Age square barrow. Remarkably, the shallow grave contained the immaculately preserved remains of a chariot, its owner, as well as two ponies artfully arranged alongside the chariot.

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Blick Mead

Research Project of the Year

Members of the University of Buckingham accept the award for Research Project of the Year 2018.

Blick Mead: exploring the 'first place' in the Stonehenge landscape
(CA 324 – University of Buckingham)

The excavations at Blick Mead, about a mile from Stonehenge, have provided a plethora of information about life in Mesolithic Britain, including evidence of meeting and feasting practices, but archaeologists have also discovered evidence for the transition into a more Neolithic way of life.

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Lost Landscapes of Palaeolithic Britain

Book of the Year

Mark White, author of the Book of the Year 2018, holds his award, alongside colleagues and the award presenter Julian Richards.

Lost Landscapes of Palaeolithic Britain
(Mark White – CA 324)

Exploring the palaeolandscapes of southern Britain, this book focuses on both the archaeological and environmental data from the period in order to provide a much-needed perspective on the dynamics between different climates in the region, while also clearly explaining the science behind the results.

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