Community archaeology project ‘highly commended’ at the Marsh Archaeology Awards 2015
11 November 2015
The Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project has been ‘highly commended’ in this year’s Council for British Archaeology’s Marsh Archaeology Awards.
The Heritage Lottery funded project was run by the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM) and Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society. It aimed to focus local attention on the site and surviving archive of the nationally important Whitehawk Camp Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure, Brighton, East Sussex.
The Project team engaged local people in a community excavation, site improvement works, the re-packing and cataloguing of the existing archive, the development of digital media, a schools, community and events outreach programme and the specialist reassessment of the archive material from the 1920s and 30s excavations.
In their announcement of the awards, the CBA commented:
- "This project provided a great example of an engaging community project. 136 people volunteered on the project, and it engaged the wider community with regular updates on its website in addition to being active on social media in local press, radio and even television. The experience they gained was also used to benefit other community initiatives, leading to them being successful in their goals too."
The Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project ran from
April 2014 to March 2015 and was managed on behalf of UCL by Hilary Orange and
Jon Sygrave, with the involvement of Matt Pope and numerous members of
Archaeology South-East (ASE) staff.
An article is due to be published in the forthcoming volume (18) of Archaeology International with the Post-Excavation Assessment and a further article due in 2016. Work is ongoing at the site and on the archive.