This year’s winner of the Book of the Year award is Shakespeare’s London Theatreland by Julian Bowsher.
A lively and popular guide to 16th-17th century London’s creative heartland, this book explores all the main performance venues of the period, drawing on excavations both old and new, from the Globe and the Rose to the recently rediscovered Curtain Theatre.
On receiving the award, Julian Bowsher said: ‘This award reflects the fact that Shakespeare and archaeology are two big subjects that the British public love. Shakespearean archaeology is a fantastic field, illuminating not just his life, but the theatres he worked in, and the lives of the actors who performed his plays, and there is a lot more to uncover for more years to come.
‘This award is an important accolade for Post-Medieval archaeology, and a testament to the hard work of a whole team of people at MOLA; archaeologists, finds specialists, illustrators, designers and editors.’
Below are all the nominees in this category: