Winners of the Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research 2007
Sponsored by the Royal Archaeological Institute, English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland, the Environment and Heritage Service (an agency within DOE(NI), and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Republic of Ireland).
English Heritage has for the sixth year partnered heritage bodies in Scotland, Wales and Ireland to encourage specialists to present the results of their heritage research to a wider public.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Awards, presented at the British Association’s Festival of Science in York on 13 September 2007 by Julian Richards:
Joint Winner (£1000)
- Vincent Gaffney – Doggerland: mapping a lost European country. Reanalysis of seismic data from the North Sea has revealed in unexpected detail a buried landscape dating from the late Pleistocene and early Holocene, which was almost certainly an important area of late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic occupation.
Joint Winner (£1000)
- Dominic Powlesland – Beneath the Sands of Time: Unravelling the hidden past of the Vale of Pickering. Excavation coupled with air photographic and geophysical survey over several square miles has revealed an entirely unanticipated density of Late Prehistoric to early Anglo-Saxon settlement and associated activity, with new classes of monument revealed, much of the evidence being buried beneath blown sand.
- Lydia Carr – Working partners: Tessa Verney Wheeler; Mortimer Wheeler, and the Caerleon Amphitheatre. Tessa Wheeler, who died in 1936, made an important and largely forgotten contribution to Mortimer Wheeler’s early excavations and, in particular, to the Caerleon excavations.
Ten presentations by the short-listed finalists, covering a wide range of subjects and approaches made this a day to remember. The presentations were judged by the audience and by a panel of heritage professionals chaired by Julian Richards.
English Heritage believes that people’s care and value for the historic environment come from a better understanding of it. Science and research, and the ability to communicate them effectively to a wide and diverse audience, is key to engendering this understanding. We are very pleased to co-sponsor the awards and to encourage specialists to tell more people, especially students and young people, about their research and what it is telling us about our past.
Information about the Awards for the Presentation of Heritage Research 2008 will be posted on this website in December 2007 or January 2008.
Further information: Sebastian Payne (email@example.com or 0207 973 3321).