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Researchers nominated for Current Archaeology Awards 2016

Published: Tue 22 Dec 2015

Three Bradford researchers have been nominated for Current Archaeology Awards 2016.

Prof Vince Gaffney, Chair in Landscape Archaeology has been nominated Archaeologist of the Year for his wide ranging work in landscape archaeology.  

Vince’s early research ranged from Berkshire to the former Yugoslavia and generated in him a passion for British landscapes and Croatian heritage. Work in Europe, Africa and the Americas included being UK lead in the Anglo-Austrian ‘Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project’, which mapped much of the World Heritage landscape. His study of the inundated landscapes of the North Sea demonstrated, globally, that archaeology has much to say on contemporary issues including climate change. The significance of mapping c. 45,000 km2 of an unexplored Mesolithic country at the heart of Europe was recognised through the award of the European Archaeological Heritage Prize and, in 2015, a five-year European research project to model the changing environment and colonisation of the whole of Mesolithic Doggerland.

Dr Steve Dockrill and Dr Julie Bond have been nominated for Research Project of the Year for their work on Exploring fortifications and farming at Old Scatness. Long-running excavations at an Iron Age settlement on Shetland have revolutionised understanding of when brochs were built, and shed new light on prehistoric land use, telling a story of continuity that contradicts traditional views of Shetland’s past.

Professor Richard Greene, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences said: “To have two University of Bradford entries shortlisted in these prestigious awards is a great achievement and highlights the impressive quality of research taking place in our School of Archaeological Sciences. I wish Vince, Steve and Julie the best of luck and encourage everyone to vote for them.”

You can cast your vote online at: www.archaeology.co.uk/vote.

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