Marsh Archaeology Awards
These Awards are run in partnership with the Council for British Archaeology. They celebrate individuals who carry out exceptional archaeological work within their communities and help to sustain our cultural heritage for future generations.
The Award scheme was established in 2008 and originally recognised a community group actively involved in researching archaeological heritage. In 2014 two new Awards were announced to recognise individual archaeologists.
Marsh Award for Community Archaeology
This Award recognises a community archaeology group carrying out high quality archaeological work in the community archaeology sector.
Marsh Young Archaeologist of the Year
Presented for the first time in 2014, this goes to a young person or group of young people under the age of 18 who have made an outstanding contribution to community archaeology.
Marsh Community Archaeologist of the Year Award
This Award was presented for the first time in 2014 and is presented to an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology.
The 2014 winners are The Carwynnen Quoit Restoration Team, Lynda Walker and Vivien Samuelson
Marsh Award for Community Archaeology - The Carwynnen Quoit Restoration Team
Under the guidance of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit and the Sustainable Trust, The Carwynnen Quoit Restoration Team has delivered a number of archaeological activities at the site of Carwynnen Quoit, a Neolithic monument which collapsed following an earthquake in the 1960s.
The team have impressively coordinated the re-erection of the standing stones and placing of the capstone, carried out excavations on site, and delivered education activities involving five primary schools and over 100 school children. At all stages local volunteers have been involved, making this a real community project.
Marsh Young Archaeologist of the Year – Lynda Walker
Lynda first joined the Canterbury Young Archaeologists’ Club in 2007, when she was 9 year’s old, and is the branch’s longest serving member. From the start she has been avidly interested in archaeology and aspires to be an Archaeological Conservator.
Lynda has taken part in a number of activities such as surveying, recording and digging. As a volunteer on the Randall Community Dig for three weeks, she used her experience to supervise and support family groups on excavation sites. Lynda is a positive role model to other young people and an excellent archaeologist.
Marsh Community Archaeologist of the Year Award - Vivien Samuelson
Vivien has been one of the leaders of a community project to find out more about Hadrian’s Wall, in her local community of Wallsend, in Tyneside. She has led a group of volunteers into researching historic maps and records, which revealed an original Roman bath-house. Following this evidence, the site has been opened for excavation by the North Tyneside Council.
Vivien has been on the excavation every day, digging, recording and sharing with less experienced volunteers her skills as a community archaeologist over almost 20 years of digging at Wallsend. She has been a great inspiration to others and her contributions to archaeology have been outstanding.
Top - Volunteers from The Sustainable Trust’s Pip Richards and Cornwall Archaeological Unit Team following the standing of the first stone in February 2014
Middle - The Carwynnen Quoit Monument following the re-erecting of the stones
Bottom - Vivien pictured with other volunteers of the Wallsend dig
The Council for British Archaeology
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