Archaeologist of the Year 2014

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We are delighted to announce that Richard Buckley is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award.

Richard Buckley (left) receives his award from Dr Denise Allen of Andante Travels (middle) and Matt Symonds, Editor of Current Archaeology  (right).

Richard Buckley headed University of Leicester Archaeological Services’ international headline-grabbing discovery of Richard III under a Leicester car park. This marks the second time that this project has been recognised by the readers of Current Archaeology, after a record number of votes won the team the Research Excavation of the Year award in 2013.

Richard Buckley worked as a field officer with Leicester Archaeological Unit from 1980 until 1995, when he co-founded University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS). Since then, he has managed fieldwork projects (principally in the East Midlands, specialising in urban sites and historic buildings), including ‘Highcross Leicester’, the largest single fieldwork project ever undertaken in the city, which shed unprecedented light on how Leicester has developed over time.

On receiving the award, Richard Buckley said:

‘I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that the readers of CA voted for me — it is a great honour, and I would like to thank everyone who voted — but all archaeological discoveries are down to a team effort, and I would like to dedicate this award to my colleagues from the Grey Friars Project.’  

Award sponsored by Andante Travels



 Below are all the nominees in this category:


Gill Hey

Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Oxford  Archaeology and regional manager of  Oxford Archaeology North, having  worked for OA since 1986. She has  over 30 years of excavation experience,  working on digs spanning a variety  of archaeological periods in the UK  and overseas, and her research interests include the British  Neolithic, and Bronze Age settlements.

To read an interview with Gill Hey, published in CA 284, click here.


Alex Bayliss

Alex is Head of Scientific Dating at  English Heritage and part-time  Professor of Archaeological Science at  the University of Stirling. For 20 years  she has worked with radiocarbon  dates and Bayesian statistics to build  archaeological chronologies. This led to  collaborations on Gathering Time, a project that revolutionised  understanding of the Neolithic, and a multidisciplinary study  creating a chronological framework for early Anglo-Saxon burial.

To read an extract from the article Gathering Time: the second radiocarbon revolution, published in  CA 259,  click here.


Richard Buckley

Richard worked as a field officer with  Leicester Archaeological Unit from  1980 until 1995, when he co-founded  University of Leicester Archaeological  Services. With ULAS, Richard manages  fieldwork projects principally in the  East Midlands, specialising in urban  sites and historic buildings. He was famously Project Manager  of the investigation that led to the discovery and identification  of Richard III’s remains.

To read an extract from the article  Reconstructing Richard III: the man behind the myth, published in CA 277, click here.