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Young Archaeologists’ Club wins EU prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award

The Young Archaeologists’ Club has just been declared a laureate of the prestigious EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. YAC is one of just 5 UK prize winners from a field of 263 nominees from 29 countries. The Young Archaeologists’ Club will find out at a ceremony in Oslo on 11 June whether they have beaten 28 other laureates to become a Grand Prix laureate and win a prize of €10,000.

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YAC is the CBA’s community-led programme which engages children in archaeology. The Club began at the University of Cambridge in 1972 and is now delivered by 600 volunteers at 70 Branches throughout the UK. In 2013 YAC provided 7,000 opportunities for children to get involved in archaeology.

“The Jury were impressed with the successful achievement over many years of a simple yet vital role – to enthuse young people about archaeology and the past. The dedication that goes into the planning of activities and longer-term structure of the organisation is truly noteworthy and it is no surprise that a high percentage of members go on to study archaeology and work in this field. With many branches embedded into different organisations and geographical areas the Young Archaeologists’ Club is an outstanding achievement in education, which is particularly important when opportunities in this subject within the school curriculum are limited.” The European Commission and Europa Nostra judging panel

The prize comes at a pivotal time for the Young Archaeologists’ Club as we launch our new digital platform on 19 April with a grand unveiling at Stonehenge. The website will be launched by a lucky young VIP YAC member, Leyna McQuillan, and special guest Phil Harding.

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