YAT shortlisted at British Archaeology Awards
York Archaeological Trust were nominated at this year’s prestigious British Archaeological Awards 2014 in three of the five categories. Seen as the benchmark for archaeological practise, YAT were shortlisted for Best Archaeological Project, Archaeological Innovation and Best Public Presentation of Archaeology.
Shortlisted for Best Archaeological Project, the seven-year-long Hungate excavation ran from 2006-13 and was one of the biggest developer-funded excavations in the U.K. that offered exceptional community archaeology and educational opportunities adding value to the experiences, insights and knowledge to all involved. The excavation uncovered numerous buildings, related deposits and thousands of finds charting the changing use of this part of the city from the Roman period, when it was partly used as a cemetery, through to Viking and medieval occupation and up to the late 19th and early 20th century when Hungate was a notorious slum district within the city. Hungate offered a rare and exciting opportunity to look at a 2000 year slice of York’s history, its people, their buildings and their way of life.
YAT’s Dickson Laboratory for Bio-Archaeology, based in Glasgow, was nominated for Archaeological Innovation following their pioneering work into time-lapse photography recording body recovery for criminal investigation. The technology acts as a powerful tool to help juries and legal professionals understand the interpretations drawn by the forensic archaeologist excavating a clandestine burial, demonstrating the perpetrator’s efforts into body concealment. The technique, used several times in court to prosecute guilty offenders, has been praised by the UK Crown Prosecution Service as being a ‘powerful forensic technique with significant application’ and is now shown by Police Scotland to every new Crime Scene Manager trained in Scotland.
Working in partnership with the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society and the SCAPE Trust, YAT’s digital laser-scanning of the Wemyss Caves 4D project was nominated for Best Public Presentation of Public Archaeology. The caves near East Wemyss, are special because of the rare Pictish artwork of abstract symbols and animal representations carved onto their walls over one thousand years ago.
Says David Jennings, Chief Executive for York Archaeological Trust, “Being shortlisted in three separate categories at this year’s BAAs was an excellent achievement for York Archaeological Trust and is testament to all the hard work YAT does in driving forward innovative, archaeological presentation to both the public and private sector.
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