RSK group company Headland Archaeology has been shortlisted for the 2022 Current Archaeology Awards for its work on two investigative projects. The annual awards event hosted by Current Archaeology magazine “celebrates the projects and publications that made the pages of the magazine” and awards are determined by your votes.
This year, Headland Archaeology has been shortlisted in the “Rescue Project of the Year” category for two of its projects based in Wiltshire and Cambridgeshire. The category aims to recognise the best rescue projects published in the past year. The first of Headland’s projects to be nominated is the “Mourning in miniature” excavation near Salisbury in 2018 and 2019. The team was contracted to investigate a site to inform a future planning proposal for developments and during its work discovered a site of great archaeological value. The excavations revealed the remains of early Bronze Age Beaker burials, including one of an infant. The Beaker cultural phenomenon is of significant archaeological interest and specialists across the country are continually learning more about this little-understood prehistoric society.
The second Headland project to be shortlisted in the same category is titled “Iron in the time of Anarchy” and was based at a site near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire. Headland was called in to carry out a site investigation ahead of a new housing development scheme and the team discovered the remains of a medieval smithy. During the medieval period, the services of the local blacksmith were in high demand. Villagers increasingly relied on iron tools to aid agricultural production. The team was able to date the site to the 12th century, making it of particular historic interest. The dating of activity at the location suggests it may have been the site of violence during the mid-12th-century de Mandeville rebellion, a period known as “The Anarchy”. The project has provided a deeper understanding of the area’s local history in an era marked by war and unrest and an appreciation of the work of village blacksmiths of the period.
The Current Archaeology Awards ceremony will be held on 25 February, when the winners will be announced. Make sure you register your choice for Headland Archaeology’s projects as “Rescue Project of the Year 2022” before voting closes on 7 February.