Current Archaeology Awards 'Research Project of the Year' win

Professor Ian Armit part of project team which won prestigious honour
Current Archaeology Awards 'Research Project of the Year' win

In the front row are members of the team behind the Bell Beaker DNA project L-R: Professor Ian Armit, Dr Selina Brace & Dr Tom Booth [Photo credit: Emily Coffey/Current Archaeology]

The winners of the 11th annual Current Archaeology Awards were announced on Friday 8 March, as part of Current Archaeology Live! 2019. The awards celebrate the projects and publications that made the pages of the magazine over the past 12 months, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.

Professor Ian Armit, as part of an international team, has collected the award for ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the 2019 Current Archaeology Awards ceremony in London. The project, led by the David Reich Laboratory Harvard University, was a large-scale collaboration between archaeologists and geneticists examining the DNA of prehistoric populations associated with the Bell Beaker phenomenon, which witnessed major cultural changes across Europe in the third millennium BC. The work revealed a major genetic turnover (c. 90%) in the population of Britain in the centuries around 2400 BC and has profound implications for our understanding of British prehistory. Ian, who was one of the senior authors of the study, collected the award on behalf of the project, alongside Drs Tom Booth and Selina Brace of the Natural History Museum.

Professor Armit said ‘it’s great to see the project recognised in this way and a great honour to win the Current Archaeology prize, especially since the award is based on a public vote’. Professor Armit is now working with Harvard on a major new project investigating the DNA of Iron Age populations in Britain and the near Continent.

Congratulations to Ian and the team on their hard work and well deserved honour!

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