The winners of the 2014 British Archaeological Awards are to be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony, compèred by Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology at the British Museum on 14 July and showcasing the very latest findings and expertise in British archaeology.
British archaeologists are world leaders in the discipline, and the event celebrates our achievements in the field with multimedia presentations and the chance to hear from the archaeologists themselves.
A discretionary award for Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology will be presented at the event which also marks the start of a two-week celebration of all things archaeology during the 24th Festival of Archaeology with over 1000 public hands-on events, many free, on offer across the UK.
The judging panels for the awards reported a bumper crop of nominations this year reflecting the incredible wealth, diversity and quality of archaeology entries uncovering and presenting the very latest technologies and discoveries right across the UK.
Shortlisted nominations include projects, publications, broadcasts and presentations as well as the use of innovation in approach, methodology and process. 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
- Bloomberg London, Museum of London Archaeology
- The Hungate Archaeological Project, York Archaeological Trust
- The Tameside Archaeological Survey, Dr Michael Nevell and Prof John Walker
BEST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
- Dig Greater Manchester, Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford
- Jigsaw Cambridgeshire: Piercing Together Cambridgeshire’s Past, Oxford Archaeology East and Cambridgeshire County Council
- Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP), The SCAPE Trust
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL BOOK
- Bosworth 1485, Glenn Foard and Anne Curry, Oxbow Books
- Interpreting the English Village; landscape and community at Shapwick, Somerset, Mick Aston & Chris Gerrard, Oxbow Books
- Star Carr, Life in Britain after the Ice Age, Nicky Milner, Barry Taylor, Chantal Conneller, Tim Schadla-Hall, Council for British Archaeology
BEST PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF ARCHAEOLOGY
- New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors, Lion Television and MediaLab for Channel 4
- The Post Hole, University of York
- Wemyss Caves 4D, Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society, The SCAPE Trust and The York Archaeological Trust
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL INNOVATION
- Archwilio App, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust & Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
- ShoreUPDATE: Sites at Risk Map web portal and app, The SCAPE Trust
- Time-lapse photography, York Archaeological Trust Dickson Laboratory for Bio-Archaeology
Established in 1976 as an independent charity and now in their 38th year, the Awards encompass five awards and a discretionary award for outstanding achievement. Their aim is to advance public education in the study and practice of archaeology in all its aspects in the United Kingdom, and in particular by the granting of awards for excellence and/or initiative.
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