PRESS RELEASE: Archaeological dig along the A14 – one of the largest archaeological projects ever undertaken in the UK – wins Current Archaeology’s prestigious Rescue Project of the Year award for 2019

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The winners of the Rescue Project of the Year 2019 collect their award at the Current Archaeology Awards
Members of MOLA Headland Infrastructure collect the award for Rescue Project of the Year 2019 at the Current Archaeology Awards. 
L-R: Alex Smith, Steve Sherlock, Simon Markus, Emma Jeffery, Gary Brogan, Tony Walsh, David Bowsher, Russel Coleman. 
[Photo credit: Adam Stanford, Aerial Cam]

A prestigious archaeological award for Rescue Project of the Year 2019 has gone to MOLA Headland Infrastructure for their work along the A14. Major road-improvement works on the A14 afforded the opportunity to investigate an entire landscape over six millennia, and was one of the largest and most complex archaeological projects ever undertaken in the UK. The finds spanned the Neolithic to medieval periods, and offered a unique glimpse into the lives of the people who once called this region home.

The prize forms part of the celebrated Current Archaeology Awards given each year by Current Archaeology, the UK’s leading archaeology magazine. Archaeologist and educator Julian Richards announced the winners of the 2019 awards on 8 March, during the annual Current Archaeology Live! conference, held at the University of London’s Senate House.

Accepting the award, Russel Coleman of MOLA Headland Infrastructure said:
“Thank you to all the readers of CA on behalf of the nearly 600 people who worked on this project. It was a fantastic team effort, with a fantastic client, curator, and consultant.”

For more photos of the awards, click here.

For a full list of the 2019 nominees, visit

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 people, projects, and publications featured in the pages of Current Archaeology.
  • The 2019 Current Archaeology Award for Rescue Project of the Year is sponsored by Oxbow Books.
  • Current Archaeology was launched in 1967 and will publish its 350th issue next month.
  • A feature on the project, ‘A landscape revealed: exploring 6,000 years of Cambridgeshire’s past along the A14‘, was published in Current Archaeology 339.
  • This year’s conference was attended by over 400 people.
  • Award categories include: Archaeologist of the Year, Book of the Year, Research Project of the Year and Rescue Project of the Year.
  • For more info about CA Live!, visit:

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