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York archaeologists nominated for Angel Award

Posted on 23 August 2016

A team of archaeologists from the University of York have been shortlisted for a prestigious Historic England Angel Award.


The Star Carr excavation team

Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by his Foundation, the Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who work to save derelict or damaged historic landmarks and bring them back to life.

Professor Nicky Milner and her team are nominated in the category for ‘Best Research Project’ for their work at the site of Star Carr, North Yorkshire.

Research at the site includes a Postglacial project examining a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant, and the uncovering of incredibly rare headdresses made out of red deer skulls, thought to have been used in shamanic practices.

Fun and rewarding

Professor Nicky Milner, Deputy Head of York’s Department of Archaeology, said: "We are really delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. As well as trying to save the archaeology from Star Carr before it deteriorates further, we have worked hard to try and disseminate our findings and along the way have worked with a wide range of people who have showed interest in our work, including local volunteers, schoolchildren and museum curators. It has been a really fun and rewarding part of the project."

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “This year’s shortlist shows that heritage angels come in many guises and all are dedicated to saving and sharing our spectacular historic environment. The impressive young people among those we are celebrating this year show that our historic places speak to all generations and that anyone can get involved in protecting and championing our heritage.”

Groups from all the shortlisted entries have been invited to attend the Historic England Angels Awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 31 October, where award judges, George Clarke, Emma Bridgewater, historian Bettany Hughes and the Dean of Westminster, John Hall will attend. 

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