Posted on 7 March 2016
Professor Roberta Gilchrist, a previous student of this department, has won Archaeologist of the Year in the 2016 Current Archaeology Awards. This is the first time that a woman has won in the eight years of the awards. Roberta is a pioneer in social approaches to medieval archaeology, has addressed new questions on gender, age, and belief, and has published numerous major studies on medieval nunneries, hospitals, castles and burials. She has been a champion for equal opportunities, promoting women in archaeology and leading initiatives to integrate disability into the teaching of archaeological fieldwork. Her recently published monograph Glastonbury Abbey: archaeological excavations 1904-1979 brings together the results of 36 seasons of excavations for the first time.