Judges have today released the shortlist for this year’s British Archaeological Awards showcasing the very latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK, with the Council for British Archaeology’s new book, Stonehenge: Making sense of a prehistoric mystery, written by Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas and Kate Welham, shortlisted for Best Archaeological Book 2016.
The results will be announced at the British Archaeological Awards ceremony at the British Museum in London on 11 July, compèred by ‘Meet the Ancestors’ archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards.
Mike Parker Pearson, the principal author of the book, said
“Stonehenge is something that fascinates people, regardless of their level of interest in archaeology – we are delighted to have published this accessible and richly illustrated account that makes sense of this enigmatic monument. Written by experts, the book presents cutting-edge results that make it the most up-to-date and informed guide. It really is archaeology for everyone.”
Francis Pryor, former CBA President and leading prehistorian, said,
“We will never understand what made our ancestors create this still magically haunting structure until we can place it in context. And that is what Mike and his team have done with such rigorous conviction. Thanks to them, we can now begin to answer the double question: ‘who built Stonehenge – and why?”
Paul Stamper, Chair of the British Archaeological Awards judging panel for the Best Archaeological Book Award, commented on the project,
“The judges were impressed by this well-written, well-presented and accessible summary of recent research at Stonehenge and related sites, set in a wider context.”
Deborah Williams, Chair of the British Archaeological Awards, added,
“The entries this year reflect the incredible wealth and range of archaeology that is going on across the United Kingdom, the quality and expertise of our world-leading archaeologists, and the ever increasing fascination of the public with the history and archaeology of their local area.
“Increasingly archaeologists are responding to this interest by developing new ways to help people to take part in research and excavations, start up their own projects, and share and understand new discoveries - and this shines through in our shortlisted entries. All the finalists have a common theme – involving and enthusing young people and the public in their archaeological heritage.”
The British Archaeological Awards 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 and aim to celebrate and share the best of British archaeology with the public.
See the shortlisted projects at www.archaeologicalawards.com and follow the Awards on twitter @BAAWARDSUK
The CBA book can currently be purchased for a special reduced price of £11.50 via Oxbow Books.