York Shortlisted for Two Britsh Archaeological Awards

Posted on 1 June 2016

Star Carr and Internet Archaeology shortlisted as finalists in the 2016 BAA Awards

Judges have today released the shortlist for this year’s British Archaeological Awards showcasing the very latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK, with two finalists from the University of York.

Internet Archaeology, an open access, not-for- profit journal, publishing quality academic content and exploring the potential of electronic publication through the inclusion of multimedia, was shortlisted for the 2016 Best Archaeological Innovation Award, along with a Postglacial Project research publication in association with Internet Archaeology enabling as many people as possible to examine the unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from the site of Star Carr.

The results will be announced at the British Archaeological Awards ceremony at the British Museum in London on 11 July, compèred by ‘Meet the Ancestors’ archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards.

Andrew Davidson, Chair of the British Archaeological Awards judging panel for the Best Archaeological Innovation Award commented on the two projects,

“The availability of an open-access journal for archaeology was appreciated in full by the judges, and in particular the rapid adoption of new on-line publishing methodologies in Internet Archaeology. The journal enables prompt publication of significant new information and is freely available to anyone with access to the internet. This service, of fundamental interest to all involved with archaeological research and its dissemination, is currently unique within British archaeology.“

“The judges were impressed with the way in which the different scanning methods of the Star Carr Shale Pendant were carried through to full publication for the Postglacial Project. The choice of an open–access journal and website to publicise the results has ensured wide public access, and the provision of a comprehensive suite of on-line tools to examine the object, encourages the reader to understand and re-interpret the findings.” 

The British Archaeological Awards entries are judged by independent panels made up of leading experts from across the archaeology field in the UK, including both professional and voluntary sectors and aim to celebrate and share the best of British archaeology with the public.

See the shortlisted projects at www.archaeologicalawards.com and follow the Awards on twitter @BAAWARDSUK