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CBA Marsh Archaeology Award


2007 Results


The Council for British Archaeology, in association with the Marsh Christian Trust, are pleased to announce the short list for the Marsh Archaeology Award, which recognises and promotes high quality archaeological work being carried out by the community archaeology sector.

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The four short-listed entries cover a broad geographical spread within the UK from the Scottish Highlands to the Welsh Marches, and demonstrate an impressive methodological breadth. The short-list is as follows:

  • The Badsey Society Enclosure Map Project (www.badsey.net/enclosure), which looked at the development of the parishes of Badsey and Aldington, Worcestershire since 1807, starting with the early 19th century enclosure maps. See also the Society's CAF page.

  • Mellor Archaeological Trust's work on the multi-period site around Mellor Church (www.mellorarchaeology.org.uk) which led them on to research, investigate and record the history of the whole parish of Mellor, which includes Ludworth and Marple Bridge, near Stockport in Greater Manchester. See also the Trust's CAF page.

  • The North of Scotland Archaeological Society's programme of survey and excavation on the Glen Feshie Estate (www.nosas.co.uk) in the Scottish Highlands. See also the Society's CAF page.

  • Royton Lives Through The Ages, a sub-group of the Royton Local History Society for their work on the history of Royton Hall, Manchester which included excavation with extensive public interpretation and display, as well as work with local schools (www.rlhs.co.uk). See also the project's CAF page.

Such was the quality of the field, in this the inaugural year of the Marsh Archaeology Award, that a further seven entries were highly commended, including:

  • Westbury Society in Somerset. The Society's desk research, fieldwork and geophysical survey on Westbury Sleight, Somerset uncovering a prehistoric platform cairn and remnants of a prehistoric field system on the Mendips. See the Society's CAF page for further details.

  • Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society in Buckinghamshire, image above. The Society's geophysical survey and excavation at Chesham Bois House, Buckinghamshire to locate and record a medieval manor house. See their own website (www.cvahs.org.uk) or the Society's CAF page for further details.

  • Community Landscape and Archaeology Survey Project in Northamptonshire. The 'Local People – Local Past' project, seeking to define the Romano-British landscape of an area of West Northamptonshire. See their own website (www.claspweb.org.uk) or the Project's CAF page for further details.

  • Ingleborough Archaeology Group in North Yorkshire, image above. The Group's historical documentary research, combined with geographical and topographical surveying and fieldwalking, leading to a site gazetteer and excavation of a longhouse in the Kingsdale Head Project, North Yorkshire. See their own website (www.ingleborougharchaeologygroup.org.uk) or the Group's CAF page for further details.

  • Washingborough Archaeology Group in Lincolnshire. The WAG Screen project, related to the Washingborough Archaeology Group, Lincolnshire undertaking digital recording of the Witham Valley Survey and filming scenes from the medieval Luttrell psalter. See their own website (www.wagscreen.co.uk) or the Group's CAF page for further details.

  • Solihull Archaeological Group in Warwickshire. The Group's research by a local historian leading to geophysical survey and archaeological excavation at the 13th century manor of Knowle Hall, Warwickshire. See their own website (mysite.freeserve.com/solihullarchaeology) or the Group's CAF page for further details.

  • and finally the Unst Archaeology Group working at Sandwick in Shetland, image above. The Group's work at Sandwick, Shetland with SCAPE and the Adopt-a-Monument programme to excavate and reconstruct a prehistoric site on the coast of the Isle of Unst in Shetland. See their own website (www.shorewatch.co.uk/unst), the Group's CAF page and British Archaeology magazine feature (no 99, March/April 2008 pp34-37) for further details.

Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, Director of the CBA, explained that the purpose of the award is 'to encourage local communities to research the past around them, and to convey a passion for our cultural heritage to future generations. Community archaeology groups are often home-grown, and are very effective in drawing in new people with an interest in their local heritage. Getting involved in such research gives a real boost both to the communities themselves and to the body of archaeological knowledge available.'

The Marsh Award forms part of a broader programme of support with which the CBA hopes to encourage community archaeology groups across the UK. The hub for this activity is the award-winning Community Archaeology Forum, which gives advice to local groups looking to start up and run projects in their area. The Forum will soon contain further details of the Marsh Archaeology Award entries.

Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, has the difficult job of deciding on the inaugural winner of the award, to be announced in the forthcoming issue of British Archaeology magazine. The prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Discover Archaeology live event at Olympia, London on 3 May (for further information of this event, visit www.discoverarchaeologylive.com).

For further details of the Marsh Archaeology Award and how to apply, visit: CBA Marsh Archaeology Award

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