Research Project of the Year 2023 – Nominees

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This has been another exceptional year for archaeological research. The following are some of the most exciting projects to have featured in CA over the last 12 months  the nominees for Research Project of the Year.

Voting closed 1 February and all the winners of the Current Archaeology Awards will be announced on 25 February as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2023. Click here to find out more about the event.

Sponsor of Research Project of the Year

Cladh Hallan: exploring the roundhouse way of life in South Uist

Sheffield University/UCL/Cardiff University/Bournemouth University, CA 382

Cladh Hallan is known for its prehistoric mummies, but excavations there have also illuminated intriguing Bronze Age and Iron Age domestic activity.

From West Africa to Wisbech: analysing 18th-century textiles in Thomas Clarkson’s campaign chest

Margarita Gleba (University of Padua), Malika Kraamer (University of Leicester), and Sarah Coleman (formerly Wisbech & Fenland Museum, now National Horseracing Museum), CA 383

Can the study of an abolitionist collection of West African textiles weave new threads into the story of
cross-cultural contacts in the era of the
Atlantic slave trade?

Artistic obscurity: analysing Britain’s most elusive Roman sculpture

Newcastle University, CA 384

Recent research in the hinterland of Hadrian’s Wall has documented a wealth of previously unknown Roman carvings and inscription, many hidden in plain sight.

Torksey: from tents to towns

University of York/University of Sheffield, CA 385

What happened at Torksey after the Viking Great Army departed? Excavations have revealed traces of a thriving pottery industry.

Prehistoric pioneers: how female migrants changed the face of Bronze Age Orkney

University of Huddersfield/EASE Archaeology, CA 387

Genetic analysis of human remains excavated at the Links of Noltland has revealed evidence of a female-dominated migration into Bronze Age Orkney.

Reinventing Ratae: exploring Roman and medieval Leicester and Leicester and Roman Africa: exploring ancient multiculturalism in the Midlands

University of Leicester Archaeological Services, CA 387 and CA 388

Investigations in Leicester over the past 20 years have uncovered evidence of the city’s growth and decline over the centuries, as well as intriguing links between Roman Leicester and North Africa.

Designed to enchant: the great dolmens of Neolithic northern Europe

Vicki Cummings (University of Central Lancashire) and Colin Richards (University of the Highlands and Islands), CA 390

This research explored why dolmens were built in the Neolithic period, their possible purpose, and whether they were deliberately designed to impress.

Migration matters: groundbreaking insights into early medieval England

Duncan Sayer (University of Central Lancashire), Stephan Schiffels, and Joscha Gretzinger (both Max Planck Institute), CA 392

New genetic data has shed light on matters of migration and integration, and on family histories in different communities in post-Roman England.

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