Award for programme that uses archaeology to aid injured soldiers
Personnel from The Rifles injured on Operation Herrick will be able to move on to study archaeology at the University of Leicester thanks to the programme. Staff from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History have had close links and working relationships with both project leaders and soldiers during the programme.
‘Operation Nightingale’ won a British Archaeological Award in recognition of its innovative use of archaeological work to boost the recovery and career prospects of military personnel injured in Afghanistan. The soldiers have been working on Bronze Age and Anglo-Saxon deposits at Barrow Clump where they have excavated Saxon grave goods, the remains of a sixth century Anglo-Saxon female and the remains of an Anglo-Saxon male, who was buried with a bronze shield.
The BAA remarked that the trustees were unanimous that Operation Nightingale was a project worthy of special recognition. The project was directed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and involved partners including English Heritage, Wessex Archaeology and the Army’s survey unit, 135 Geographical Squadron.