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POSTGLACIAL project wins top archaeology award

Posted on 20 July 2016

The project has won a prestigious 2016 British Archaeological Award

Members of the POSTGLACIAL team, after winning the award for Best Archaeological Innovation

In a ceremony at the British Museum, hosted by "Meet the Ancestors" archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards, a team of York archaeologists won the Best Archaeological Innovation Award for their project involving the examination of a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr.

The team were shortlisted alongside Internet Archaeology, an open access, not-for-profit journal based in York’s Department of Archaeology.

The British Archaeological Awards showcase the latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK. They aim to celebrate and share the best of British archaeology with the public.

"A Unique Engraved Shale Pendant from the Site of Star Carr" is a Postglacial project led by Professor Nicky Milner in association with Internet Archaeology – a journal publishing academic content, exploring the potential of electronic publication through the inclusion of multimedia.

Professor Milner, Deputy Head of York’s Department of Archaeology, said: "The Star Carr team are delighted to receive such a prestigious award. It is great recognition for the huge amount of research that everyone spent in the analysis of the pendant, and the innovative techniques that were tested. These have also generated much public interest which has been very pleasing."

Andrew Davidson, Chair of the British Archaeological Awards judging panel for the Best Archaeological Innovation Award, said of the two projects: “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 online tools to examine the object, encourages the reader to understand and re-interpret the findings.”