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 2016 winners are Liz Caldwell, Aylsham Roman Project and Nathaniel Tegg

Marsh Award for Community Archaeologist of the Year – Liz Caldwell

Liz has been a driving force in community archaeology in Somerset and South West England for almost 20 years. In the late 1990s she joined the Bristol University led South Cadbury Environs Project as a volunteer and then part time Research Technician, a project which gave many volunteers archaeological experience and training. She was then instrumental in setting up the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group (SSARG), an entirely volunteer-managed group, and spent four years as its Chair. Since its inception, the group has investigated numerous sites, making sure that local residents are heavily involved, and runs an annual academic conference as well as an active programme of meetings and field trips. Members of the group are involved in the full archaeological process, from initial research of a site to processing and analysing samples that are found during the dig. Liz has expanded her volunteering further to set up a new Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) in 2012 in honour of the late Professor Mike Aston. She also serves as a Trustee of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society and is Secretary of the Society’s Archaeology Branch. As well as her extensive volunteering, Liz runs a business which processes archaeological samples and carries out geophysical surveys, and she also co-authored a paper which was published in the journal Archaeological Prospection in 2015.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology - Aylsham Roman Project

The Aylsham Roman Project is based on land owned by Peter Purdy, who over 40 years has collected thousands of roman artefacts which indicated that the land was the site of a villa. A volunteer team was assembled to take the project forward following a geophysical survey by Britannia Archaeology, and recently held the site’s first community excavation. This took place over a two week period and over 175 people volunteered to take part in the excavation and finds processing, with many more taking part in guided tours of the site. With training and supervision, volunteers uncovered a number of features, including two Roman kilns and surrounding features which led Historic England’s science advisor to believe that they may be the best preserved examples in Britain. A small excavation area was opened exclusively for children to take part in the digging, an area which is now deemed likely to be a sunken featured building. The excavation as a whole recovered approximately 12,000 shreds of pottery which were washed and sorted by the volunteers. Despite the volunteers being largely new to archaeology, the work has been carried out to a high standard, and training is now being organised for them to further increase their knowledge in geophysical survey and archaeology on the whole.

Marsh Young Archaeologist of the Year – Nathaniel Tegg

Nathaniel has had an intense enthusiasm for Archaeology, especially for Roman History, since the age of 8. He has visited the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum in Hampshire, where he first identified Roman artefacts including coins and pottery. Nathaniel is now 17 and has a vast collection of artefacts that have been found at Calleva and he has individually identified each item using his own knowledge and has further researched the town maps of Calleva to compare his finds, leading him to believe that there could have been a temple on the site. Nathaniel was featured on Antiques Roadshow in June 2016 and has also shared his love and knowledge of archaeology with his friends and family. His passion for archaeology is so infectious that some of his friends have now begun to show an interest and hope to accompany Nathaniel in joining a re-enactment society on the Romans during the 1st and 2nd Century. He has worked hard to develop his skills in identifying Roman pottery and also in the cleaning of anything he finds in order to preserve them and prevent any damage being caused to them.

Pictured: The winners with Brian Marsh (MCT Chairman) - From top to bottom: Liz Caldwell, the Aylsham Roman Proect and Nathaniel Tegg - Photo credit: Adam Stanford


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