British Archaeology Awards 2008

November 2008

2008 Pitt Rivers Award

2008 Pitt Rivers Award

We are pleased to have received the Pitt Rivers Award for the second time as outright winners and to have also taken a second place in 2006. Our first Pitt Rivers Award was in 1996 for our Bastle Project. The following is taken from the British Archaeology Awards web site www.britarch.ac.uk/awards

The Pitt-Rivers Award for the Best Amateur or Independet Project goes to another first class and fascinating long-term project by a well-established group with a good track record. The work involved the comprehensive archaeological survey of over 400 square kilometres of Upper Tweeddale and the selective excavation of sites threatened by fluctuating reservoir water levels and forests and was carried out entirely by volunteers.

Excavation at Fruid Reservoir

Fruid Reservoir excavations of the upper unenclosed platform

The objectives of the project were clear cut, the work was performed to a commendably high standard and, crucially, publication was timely, thorough and made readily available through an excellent web site. The panel was very happy to give the Pitt-Rivers Award for 2008 to Biggar Museum Archaeology Group.

We were especially please to learn that a motion was passed in the Scottish Parliament congratulating us on our win for Scotland and to receive congratulations from Linda Fabiani MSP, Aileen Campbell MSP and Robert Mundell MP.

There have been a number of awards won by Biggar Archaeology over the years, you can read more about them on our awards page.