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British Archaeological Awards 2018 - shortlist announced

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The shortlist for the 2018 British Archaeological Awards, which celebrate and showcase the best of UK archaeology, has been announced.

Established in 1976, the British Archaeological Awards now comprise five awards and two discretionary awards. The awards will be announced on 15 October 2018 at a ceremony in London.

BA Awards shortlist 2018

BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT 

  • Thames Discovery Programme, Museum of London Archaeology 

This project encouraged and facilitated public participation in the dynamic archaeology of the River Thames inter-tidal zone. 

  • National Trust 

Archaeology at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent 

This ambitious archaeological project aims to record and analyse parts of the property impacted by the current work programme, to engage staff, visitors and volunteers and to disseminate the results through a wide variety of different methods. 

BEST COMMUNITY-ENGAGEMENT ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT

  • Museum of London Archaeology/Council for British Archaeology/Nautical Archaeology Society 

CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) 

One of the largest ‘citizen science’ archaeology projects in the UK, developed to record vulnerable sites in detail and/or to regularly monitor their fate over the longer term. 

  • The SCAPE Trust/Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project 

Newshot Island Boat Graveyard 

Providing an opportunity for learning and involvement for the local community, this project created a detailed and comprehensive record of the history of the vessels and their condition and publicised the results through the SCHARP network. 

BEST PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF ARCHAEOLOGY 360 Production for BBC4 

  • Digging for Britain Series 6 - EAST 

The series provides an accessible platform for the publicity of new archaeological research and this episode features five archaeological digs, which took place in the east of Britain in 2017 and puts some of the latest discoveries from these digs into context. 

  • Bloomberg

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE 

A new reconstruction of the Roman Temple of Mithras which was discovered on the site in 1952-4 this is one of Britain’s most significant archaeological discoveries and has received over 35,000 visitors (to March 2018). 

  • Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society/The SCAPE Trust 

Wemyss Caves 4D 

A collaborative digital documentation and interpretation project, this introduces a worldwide audience to, and creates a digital future for, the Wemyss Caves and MacDuff’s Castle in Fife, Scotland. 

BEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL BOOK 

  • Richard Annis, Anwen Caffell, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves and Andrew Millard 

Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Story of the Scottish Soldiers in 1650 Oxbow Books 

Presenting the results of an archaeological investigation that took place during redevelopment work in the historic core of Durham. It tells the story of a chain of tragic events that took place in the aftermath of the battle of Dunbar, 1650. 

  • Matthew Ritchie 

The Archaeology of Dun Deardail
Forestry Commission Scotland/Nevis Landscape Partnership 

Presenting a popular account of the excavation, it sets the site in its wider archaeological and historical context and explores both the results of the excavation and the various creative responses to it. 

  • John Hunter 

The Small Isles
Historic Environment Scotland 

Bringing together years of archaeological research in a comprehensive, beautiful and accessible book, and revealing new insights into life on the islands. 

For more on the awards, visit the website.

(image copyright Graham Lewis and shows Rùm and Eigg from Rois-Bheinn in Moidart)

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