The winners of the 2014 British Archaeological Awards were announced today 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.
British archaeologists are world leaders in the field, and the event showcased the very latest findings and expertise in British archaeology and celebrated our achievements.
A discretionary award for Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology was presented by Council for British Archaeology President Dan Snow to legendary archaeologist Beatrice de Cardi, first Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey presented the Best Community Engagement Archaeology Project to The SCAPE Trust for their Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP).
Award winners and highly commended entries included projects, publications, broadcasts and presentations as well as the use of innovation in approach, methodology and process. Entries were judged by independent panels made up of leading experts from across the archaeology field in the UK, including both professional and voluntary sectors.
The 2014 Awards were presented to:
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT
Bloomberg London, (MOLA) Museum of London Archaeology
BEST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP), The SCAPE Trust
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL BOOK
Interpreting the English Village, Mick Aston and Chris Gerrard, Windgather Press, published by Oxbow Books
BEST PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF ARCHAEOLOGY
New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors, A Lion Television and Medialab co-production for Channel 4
BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL INNOVATION
The SCAPE Trust with WildKnowledge / ShoreUPDATE (Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project), Sites at Risk Map web portal and app
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.
The ceremony marked the launch of the two-week long 24th CBA Festival of Archaeology with over 1000 public hands-on events, many free, giving everyone the chance to get involved in archaeology across the UK.