Deadline nears as British Archaeological Awards look back on two years of discovery

By Ben Miller | 13 February 2014

Nominations are about to close for the British Archaeological Awards 2014

A photo of an ancient black wood boat in a quarry
Must Farm, in Peterborough, was the scene for a previous project winner at the British Archaeological Awards© Cambridge Archaeological Unit
There are two weeks left to nominate the best archaeology projects of the past two years, from books and presentations to community digs and innovations.

Culminating in a ceremony at the British Museum in July, recent winners include Mick Aston – the medieval archaeology specialist known for spending 17 years as an expert on Time Team, who died last year – and the excavation which led to the discovery and preservation of ancient log boats at Must Farm in Peterborough.

“The public interest in archaeology continues to grow, especially in the wake of Richard III,” says Sarah Howell, of the Awards.

“There are currently lots of exciting archaeological projects happening right across the UK – new discoveries that change the way we see our past and our world today.

“They use developing technologies, such as radio carbon dating, LIDAR imaging, DNA sampling and forensics, to help us pinpoint dating more accurately and find out more about how people lived.

“The awards will open up the very latest projects to the wider public. A wealth of history is waiting to be discovered and archaeology is the key.”

Judged by a panel of experts, the criteria suggest the winners will be the nominees who have most inspired archaeology fans.


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