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Collaborative Indian ocean research wins Ben Cullen Prize

9 July 2012

Map of the Indian Ocean region

Congratulations to Dorian Fuller and colleagues who have won this year's Ben Cullen Prize, awarded to the runner up for best contribution to ANTIQUITY.

Every year the journal awards the Antiquity Prize for the best article they have published, and the Ben Cullen Prize for the runner up. The Ben Cullen Prize was set up many years ago by Ian Gollop in memory of his friend, a bright archaeology scholar at Cambridge, who died tragically young.

This year the panel of judges decided to award the Ben Cullen Prize to the article by Dorian, Nicole Boivin, Tom Hoogervorst and Robin Allaby on ‘Across the Indian Ocean: the prehistoric movement of plants and animals’. As part of the award the article is now available on open access.

This research output from the SEALINKS project which aims to explore the nature of early trans-oceanic contacts, synthesizes translocations of domesticated crops and animals, commensal animals and watercraft forms across parts of the Indian Ocean. At UCL, Dorian Fuller is taking a lead role in overseeing archaeobotanical sampling and its integration with other analyses, such as faunal and genetic research.