Accepting the award for Research Project of the Year were Professor Mark Horton and Emily Glass of the University of Bristol. The long-running project in Gloucestershire, which completed its 10th season last summer, has unearthed masses of archaeological material, spanning some 1,500 years of English history from the Roman period to the Civil War.
The prize forms part of the celebrated Current Archaeology Awards given each year by Current Archaeology, the UK’s leading archaeology magazine. TV personality and archaeologist Julian Richards (of Meet the Ancestors fame) announced the winners of the 2016 awards on 26 February, during the Current Archaeology Live! event, held at the University of London’s Senate House, which saw a record number of ticket sales for the conference, and was attended by over 400 people.
Mark Horton said: ‘Thanks very much for voting for us. The position of universities on archaeology is increasingly under threat due to cuts, and keeping things going is difficult, so this award is a wonderful thing to show to university administrators. It is so good that a university training excavation has been recognised as a really important contribution to academic research.’
Emily Glass added: ‘We would also like to say a big thank you to our team mates Stuart Prior and Sian Thomas who can’t be here today, and to all the students who took part in the dig, and to the Berkeley Castle team and the museum.’
Notes for Editors: Current Archaeology Awards
- Voted for by subscribers and members of the public, the awards recognise the outstanding contributions to our understanding of the past made by the people, projects, and publications featured in the pages of Current Archaeology over the previous 12 months.
- A record number of votes were cast in the awards: almost 14,000, compared to 8,000 last year.
- The 2016 Current Archaeology Award for Research Project of the Year was sponsored by Oxbow Books.
- The diverse finds from the project were published in ‘Recapturing Berkeley Castle: One trench, 1,500 years of English history’ in Current Archaeology 305.
- Current Archaeology was launched in 1967, and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.