Defence of Britain military sites project wins major British Archaeology Award

By Jon Pratty | 08 November 2002
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Left: William Foot and Mike Heyworth (Council for British Archaeology) accept the IFA award for the Defence of Britain project from Sir Neil Cossons (left) of English Heritage.

A pioneering study of the archaeology of Twentieth century military sites in Britain has won two prizes at the 2002 British Archaeological Awards.

The biennial awards are the most prestigious prizes in British archaeology. At this year's event, held at the historic Town Hall in Liverpool on November 7, the gongs were presented by Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of English Heritage.

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Right: Francis Pryor (right) got a special commendation for his riveting book Seahenge- A Quest for Life in the Bronze Age (Harper Collins)

Winner of two awards, The Defence of Britain Project, was a seven-year effort undertaken by the Council for British Archaeology. This collaboration between professional archaeologists and about 600 volunteers has revolutionised the understanding of Britain's wartime defences.

A project archive was created, holding records on almost 20,000 individual sites with information on army and prisoner-of-war camps, air-raid shelters, anti-aircraft batteries, D-Day embarkation hards, radar stations, searchlight batteries and military hospitals.

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Right: and here they are again! George Lambrick (Director, CBA) William Foot and Mike Heyworth accept the Silver Trowel - for the year's most innovative project in British archaeology - the Defence of Britain project.

Other Award Winners

  • The Tarmac Finders Award: Lopen Roman Mosaic, George Caton.

  • The Wedgwood Sponsorship Award: Northern Rock Foundation for supporting the Vindolanda Excavations

  • The Heritage in Britain Award: Greyfriars Cemetery, Perth

  • The AIA Award: BAA Lynton, Gatwick Airport Beehive

  • The Virgin Holidays Award: Shetland Amenity Trust, Val Turner. (Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village)

  • The Archaeological Book Award: Mark Redknap, Vikings in Wales. An Archaeological Quest. (NMGW, 2000)

  • The Press Award: Simon Denison (British Archaeology)

  • The Channel Four Awards:
    Broadcast: BBC Television, Chariot Queen - Meet the Ancestors ICT: Cresswell Heritage Trust (Virtually the Ice Age)
  • IFA Award: The Defence of Britain Project

  • Pitt Rivers Award: Edinburgh Archaeological Society for the Report 'Fast Castle Excavations 1971-1986'

  • Graham Webster Laurels: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Project

  • Spear & Jackson Silver Trowel: The Defence of Britain Project
  • Click here to visit the Defence of Britain homepage.

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