Recent Awards


Beatrice de Cardi Awards

Dr Simon Underdown (Oxford Brookes)
SedaDNA Disease, Environment and Demography in Oman

To apply cutting-edge molecular (DNA) analytical techniques to archaeological sequences in Oman for the first time with analysis of archaeological sediments to explore the impact of infectious diseases and climate variability on archaeological populations in Southern Arabia.


Professor Paolo Biagi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
The shell middens of Las Bela coast

To continue research along the Arabian Sea coast of Las Bela province of Balochistan where the research promoted by the applicant since 2000 has led to the discovery of ca 100 shell middens along the Bay of Daun, Capes Gadani and Phuari, and the ancient shores of Lake Siranda.


Dr Michel de Vreeze (Department of Antiquities and Museums, Ras al-Khaimah)
Understanding Prehistoric Settlement Dynamics at Shimal

To form a better understanding of the prehistoric settlement history at the important area of Shimal by initiating excavations in key identified locations.


Margaret and Tom Jones Awards

Professor Andrew Reynolds (UCL) and Oliver Hitchinson (CITIZAN)
The Early Medieval Maritime Landscape of Mersea Island

An extension of the coastal/intertidal focus of the CiTIZAN case-study of this part of Essex in order to understand the relationship between the coast and landscape across the early middle ages, but also in the long duree.


Dr Laura Basell (Queen’s, Belfast) and Dr Lee Bray (Dartmoor National Park Authority)
Dartmoor Tor Enclosure Survey: ‘DATES’.

Using multiple, high-specification survey methods, ‘DATES’ will focus on three Neolithic tor enclosures (TE) on Dartmoor to develop understanding of their precise age, function and broader prehistoric landscape context.


Janet Arnold Awards

Vangeline, The Vangeline Theater
Recreation of Butoh’s most iconic costume

To research how a legendary costume worn by Tatsumi Hijikata (the founder of Butoh) was designed by recreating it.


Dr Mary Brooks (Durham University)
Contextualising the Morton ‘cope’

To contextualise the elements of the Morton ‘cope’ by researching the six surviving vestments associated with Morton and the history of the Auckland ‘cope’.


Dr Peter Hommel (University of Oxford)
Beauty of the Beast: Exploring the role of animal skin/leather in the Early Iron Age costume of southern Siberia

A study of the changing role of skin/leathercraft following the introduction of woollen textile technology during the late 2nd Millennium BC.


Dr Claire M. Hubbard-Hall (Bishop Grosseteste University)
SOE Spy Clothing: Dress & Deception during the Second World War

To critically examine the ways in which the Special Operations Executive (SOE) clothed and disguised its agents throughout the Second World War.


Alison Larkin
Rediscovering a Lost Resource: Lady’s Mag Patterns

To trace, identify and digitally record as many as possible of the extant embroidery patterns published in The Lady’s Magazine between 1770-1819.


Research Grants

Dr Zosia Archibald, (University of Liverpool) (Three-Year Award)
The Archaic Domestic Economy of Ancient Olynthos

To reconstruct the resource and human cost of building one of these earlier house units, using information drawn from historical documents, charcoal analysis, and environmental study, as well as excavation data and spatial analysis.


Dr Mark Bland (Independent)
The World of Simon Waterson, Stationer

To establish a material basis for calculating the investment of publishers, and of printing-house output, based on a volumetric analysis of composition, and to link it to data about family, geography, trade relationships, legal disputes, wills, and other contemporary records.


Dr Rachel Bynoe (Southampton University)
Investigating submerged landscapes at Happisburgh

Systematic targeted searches for locating the source of Pleistocene archaeological material offshore to build on previous diving and geophysical work on recently discovered submerged deposits at Happisburgh.


Dr Peter D.Campbell (British School at Rome)
Maritime Archaeological Survey of the Tiber River

A geophysics survey to examine the Tiber from Rome to the sea.


Dr Paul Everill (University of Winchester)
Archaeology for improved wellbeing among veterans

To systematically collect and analyse qualitative data from participants of veteran-focused archaeological initiatives in order to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and potential risks of using archaeology as a vehicle for the recovery/ rehabilitation of military veterans.


Professor Robert Foley (University of Cambridge)
Late Acheulean and the MSA in Botswana

To survey and excavate newly discovered localities in the Inner Kalahari, Botswana.


Dr Bisserka Gaydarska (Independent)
DATES and FRUITS: new data from the Varna cemetery

To obtain 10 AMS dates from the newly-discovered graves from the Varna cemetery in  Bulgaria and apply FRUITS methodology to reconstruct past diet.


Dr Katie Hemer (University of Sheffield)
Amber trade and the Kingdom of Lindsey

Application of Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to provenance amber recovered from burials at the 5th- 6th century AD cemetery of Scremby, Lincolnshire in order to identify the principal sources of amber used and exchanged in eastern England and use of strontium and oxygen isotope analysis to identify the place of origin of those buried with amber in order to consider the role of population mobility in the amber trade network.


Emeritus Professor Gary Lock (University of Oxford)
Nescliffe Hill, Shropshire

Small-scale excavations as part of a larger project by Historic England and Shropshire Council to understand the site and present it to the public.


Dr Lisa Lodwick (University of Oxford)

Isotopic investigation of cereal grain germination

To establish whether germination affects carbon and nitrogen isotopic values of cereal grains thus affecting the interpretation of past crop husbandry practices from δ13C and δ15N


Dr Stephen Mills (Cardiff University)
Human-river interactions in the lower Danube valley

To advance archaeological and palaeo-environmental research on human-river interactions within the lower Danube valley with a specific chronological focus on the period of transformation from hunter-gatherer to farming communities at c. 6000 cal BC


Professor Harold Mytum (University of Liverpool)
Les Blanches Banques Jersey POW Camp Survey

A 7-day survey, combined with documentary and artefactual study, will record and analyse the complete site layout, and how those interned adapted to their incarceration.


Dr Nicolas Naudinot (University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Blades with flat retouch in the Creswellian

Study of blades with flat retouch in British collections and comparative analysis with materials in France.


Dr Philip Nigst (University of Cambridge)
Geoarchaeological and microstratigraphic studies at Grub-Kranawetberg (Austria)

Excavation and analysis of a newly excavated section to conduct geoarchaeological, microstratigraphic and environmental analyses of a Gravettian site in Austria.


Mr Justin Prim (Independent)
Preservation of Traditional British Lapidary Knowledge

An informal two-month apprenticeship with Chas Matthews Ltd, the last British master gem cutters, as a means of preserving and recording the knowledge and teachings of the British lapidary tradition.


Professor Julian Richards (York University)
Tents to Towns: Torksey after the Vikings

Investigates the Viking impact on urbanism and industry in Anglo-Saxon England.


Dr Simon Roffey (University of Winchester)
The Archaeology of Medieval Hermitages

To investigate, interpret and record a diverse range of archaeological and architectural evidence for the eremitic life.


Lambarde Travel Awards
Dr Cailah Jackson (University of Oxford)

Research trip to Leiden University Library to examine a recently-discovered medieval almanac from 1369.


Mr Matthew Payne (Westminster Abbey)

Travel to Florence to study four ledgers of banks established by members of the Bardi family of Florence in London.


Dr Caroline Shenton (Independent)

Research trip to the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth) and Bangor University Archives


Professor Bonnie Effros (University of Liverpool)

Travel to Poitiers to work at the Archives Départmentales de la Vienne, which house the correspondence of Camille de la Croix.


Wheeler Student Travel Award

Miss Petra Jones (University of Cambridge)

For flights, to and from Budapest, Hungary to participate in fieldwork and museum work in Szazhalombatta.



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