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The CBA Marsh Archaeology Award for Community Archaeology

The deadline for this award for 2007 has now passed

See the winning entries, click here.

To see the shortlisted and highly commended entries, see the Results page.


The Award will be given to a community archaeology group, in order to recognise and promote high quality archaeological work being carried out by the community archaeology sector to sustain and transmit knowledge and our cultural heritage to future generations.


There will be one award, the Marsh Archaeology Award for Community Archaeology. The Award winner will receive £1,000GBP to be used as they see fit. Other entries may be deemed highly commended by the judges if appropriate, but will receive no financial reward.


Both long-standing archaeology or other heritage groups, and short-term groupings of volunteers on specific projects are eligible for the Award. Groups must be nominated for their archaeological research/fieldwork, largely carried out or published during the previous 2 years. Archaeology is here defined as any investigation of the material remains of the past, from any period, and potentially above and/or below ground. It can also include field conservation work to broaden access to archaeological sites and landscapes. The work must have been carried out within the United Kingdom, including its coastal and offshore waters. It must also have been initiated and led by the community themselves, although the Group may have received support and encouragement from appropriate professionals.


Judging will be made by Brian Marsh OBE, the sponsor of the award, from a short list drawn up by the CBA. This short list will be selected from nominations sent in by, or on behalf of, the group. The selection panel will consist of the CBA's Director, Head of Education and Outreach, and an appointed CBA Trustee. The selection panel shall have no connection with any of the nominated groups. Members of the panel must declare any such connection, and be replaced by another officer or trustee.


The Award will be made on the basis of two main criteria:
  • the contribution the group has made to archaeological knowledge and understanding;
  • the activities of the group within their local community, and the level of engagement of that community in the activities.

The group should have advanced the knowledge of the archaeology of their area by making new discoveries, or new interpretations of existing evidence. They should also be a lively and open social grouping that gives back to the wider community the results of their work.

The group must have worked to the highest archaeological standards, and made due provision for appropriate conservation, archiving and publication of their work.

Entry Procedure

Nominations can be sent in by the group themselves, or by others (with the consent of the group). Entries must be submitted using the standard entry form, with supporting evidence in whatever format is most suitable (e.g. written documentation, publications, CD-ROMs or DVDs, website addresses). Supporting testimonials can be used to augment a nomination, but are not essential.

Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Council for British Archaeology by midday on the 5 December 2007. Address for nominations: The Director, Council for British Archaeology, St Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ, email

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