Book of the Year 2013

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This year’s winner of the Book of the Year award is  Roman Camps in Britain by Rebecca Jones, as reviewed in issue 268 of Current Archaeology.

Oxbow Books
Award sponsored by Oxbow Books

This volume brings to life the mostly ephemeral traces of the temporary fortifications  built by the Roman army while engaged in military campaigns or construction projects in Britain.

The finest set of such fortifications surviving anywhere in the former Roman Empire, this book reveals an all-too-often  neglected aspect of the Roman occupation.

Rebecca Jones, with her award-winning book and prize, as the winner of 2013's Book of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards

On receiving the award, Rebecca Jones  said:

‘I would like to thank  Current Archaeology  for the support it gives to archaeology in Britain and in particular its strong interest in Roman archaeology.

‘I am very touched to have won — this book is based on research that I have been doing for a very long time, and to have this recognition is a great honour and a privilege. I would like to dedicate this award to my husband and two children.’


Below are all the nominees in this category:

Making Archaeology Happen (CA 265)

Martin Carver

This call-to-arms for a more flexible approach to fieldwork  considers archaeology as an art, science, and social  discipline.

The Birth of Modern Britain (CA 267)

Francis Pryor

Pryor explores the evolution of the Britain we know today,  arguing that the past is no less important for being recent.

London 1100-1600 (CA 267)

John Schofield

Drawing together 40 years of research, this book reveals how  London’s construction boom was an archaeological boon.

Roman Camps in Britain (CA 268)

Rebecca Jones

Meticulous analysis of the role of temporary military camps,  and how they reflect the ebb and flow of Roman campaigns.

Britain Begins (CA 271)

Barry Cunliffe

An interdisciplinary overview, sweeping from the end of the  last Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest.

Roman Nottinghamshire (CA 272)

Mark Patterson

A fact-rich narrative of the land of the Corieltauvi, and the  antiquarians who brought it back to light.