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Friday, 10 June 2016

University's archaeology work in running for national awards

Two University of York projects have been shortlisted for this year's British Archaeological awards.

A project involving the examination of a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr, near Scarborough, and Internet Archaeology, an open access, not-for-profit journal based in the university's department of archaeology, are in the running in the best archaeological innovation category.

The awards showcase the latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK.

Andrew Davidson, chair of the judging panel, 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.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the British Museum in London on 11 July, compèred by Meet the Ancestors archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards.

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