15 July 2016

HYMS expertise contributes to top archaeology award for York

A University of York project has won a prestigious 2016 British Archaeological award.

In a ceremony at the British Museum, hosted by ‘Meet the Ancestors’ archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards, the York team won the Best Archaeological Innovation Award for their examination of a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr. The project involved collaboration from HYMS’ Dr Laura Fitton, who provided expertise in 3D scanning and modelling techniques.

The British Archaeological Awards showcase the latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK. They aim to celebrate and share the best of British archaeology with the public.

‘A Unique Engraved Shale Pendant from the Site of Star Carr’ is a Postglacial project led by Professor Nicky Milner in association with Internet Archaeology – a journal publishing academic content, exploring the potential of electronic publication through the inclusion of multimedia.

Andrew Davidson, Chair of the British Archaeological Awards judging panel for the Best Archaeological Innovation Award, said: “The judges were impressed with the way in which the different scanning methods of the Star Carr Shale Pendant were carried through to full publication for the Postglacial project. The choice of an open–access journal and website to publicise the results has ensured wide public access, and the provision of a comprehensive suite of online tools to examine the object, encourages the reader to understand and re-interpret the findings.”