No. 92 Vol. VIII No. 9 Published June 1984 Edited by Andrew & Wendy Selkirk, 9 Nassington Road, London NW3 2TX, Tel. 01-435 7517
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The Awards rise again
E NTRIES are sought for the British Archaeological Awards. The awards, which were originally run by Robert Kiln, have now been relaunched by a committee composed of representatives of all the leading national archaeological societies, with the sad exception of the Society of Antiquaries, and after a one-year interval, will now be held every two years. (I am the representative of the Royal Archaeological Institute on the committee).
There are two new features in the awards. Firstly, there is the Book award, funded by the David Thomson Trust, for the best archaeological book published in the past two years. The main aim of this is to get publicity for archaeology: archaeological books are rarely reviewed by the national newspapers, and we hope that by producing a list of six finalists and a winner that the posh Sundays—and the posh dailies too will be happy to devote a column to archaeological books. One hopes that as the awards develop, it can even grow into a national archaeological book week, when bookshops, museums and indeed societies up and down the country will make a special effort to promote archaeological publications.
The other major innovation is that we are aiming at a far greater participation in the awards than before. Thus in two of the awards, readers of CA are invited to send in nominations direct, both for the Book award and for the Legal and General "Silver Trowel" award for initiative, which is in effect an "Archaeologist of the Year" award. So get out your pens and paper, and make a quick list of up to six books on archaeology that you have enjoyed recently and add your nomination for the man (or indeed woman) who has done the most for archaeology over the past two years, and send it direct to BAA, 112 Kennington Road, London SE11 6RE: as I am chairing the Book award, I look forward to receiving lots of inspired guidance from the readers of CA!
The other awards continue very much as before. The award for independent archaeologists—that is for work done by local societies and individuals which was formerly sponsored by BBC Chronicle, is now sponsored by the Robert Kiln Trust, so if you or your local society has been doing some interesting work, please send for details. Then there is the Country Life award for the best work done by a professional team or unit; and one of the most important awards is the Illustrated London News award for sponsors—which provides an opportunity to say thank you to all those business and commercial interests who have supported archaeology. There is also the Young Archaeologist of the Year award, while general support for the awards is given by the Sunday Telegraph.
The key person in the awards is Victor Marchant, who having recently retired is now devoting himself full time to archaeology. In addition to excavating both in St Lucia in the West Indies and with the Windsor Archaeological Group, he has now become the secretary of the awards and has been given a corner with the CBA, where he can be contacted at 112 Kennington Road, London SE11 6RE. So pick up your pen and send him a list of the archaeological books you have most enjoyed recently, add on the name of your Archaeologist of the Year, and if relevant, send for details of the other awards too. Closing date is 30th June, and the winners will be announced on 15th November.