We are delighted to announce that Roberta Gilchrist is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award.
Philip Crummy is Director and Principal Archaeologist at Colchester Archaeological Trust, a position he has held since 1971. In that time he has dedicated his career to putting Roman Colchester (Camulodunum) on the map, through excavating its remains and working tirelessly to improve public understanding of the city’s past. He has published widely in academic journals, monographs, and in the Colchester Archaeological Reports, as well as in the Trust’s magazine, The Colchester Archaeologist, which he has edited for two decades, and in the pages of CA. Under Philip’s leadership, the Trust’s work has seen Colchester’s archaeology make international news on multiple occasions, from his campaign to buy land containing the remains of the city’s circus, or Roman chariot racing track, to the discovery of the stunning ‘Fenwick Treasure’, a hoard of Roman jewellery dating from the time of Colchester’s destruction at the hands of Boudica’s Iceni army.
Vince Gaffney is Chair in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford. His early research from Berkshire to former Yugoslavia provided him with a passion for British landscapes and Croatian heritage. His application of GIS encouraged further use of technology in research beginning with his remote sensing study of an entire Roman City at Wroxeter. Work in Europe, Africa and the Americas included being UK lead in the Anglo-Austrian ‘Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project’, which mapped much of the World Heritage landscape. His study of the inundated landscapes of the North Sea demonstrated, globally, that archaeology has much to say on contemporary issues including climate change. The significance of mapping c. 45,000 km2 of an unexplored Mesolithic country at the heart of Europe was recognised through the award of the European Archaeological Heritage Prize and, in 2015, a five-year European research project to model the changing environment and colonisation of the whole of Mesolithic Doggerland.
Roberta Gilchrist is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading. She has pioneered social approaches to medieval archaeology, opening up new questions on gender and age and publishing important studies on medieval nunneries, hospitals, castles, and burials. Roberta has been a champion for equal opportunities, promoting women in archaeology and leading initiatives to integrate disability into the teaching of archaeological fieldwork. She was archaeologist to Norwich Cathedral and published a major study of Norwich Cathedral Close. Her monograph on the excavations at Glastonbury Abbey (1904–79) has just been published, making the results of 36 seasons of antiquarian excavations available for the first time. She is currently working with the Abbey on digital reconstructions and educational resources to make this work accessible to visitors.