Archaeology article nominated for award

An article about Old Scatness, inspired by an interview with Shetland archaeologist Val Turner and colleague Stephen Dockerill, has been nominated for an award.

Rewriting the Origin of the Broch Builders by Matthew Symmonds has been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category in the 2016 Current Archaeology Awards.

All nominations are based on articles and books featured within the Current Archaeology publication over the last 12 months.

Current Archaeology is a widely esteemed publication and this news is particularly welcomed on the back of the recent publication of the second research volume on Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village.

The book, launched earlier this month at a packed out lecture by Noel Fojut, is now available for sale from Shetland Museum and Archives or on the website at

Voting for the awards has been live from 3rd December at – it is open to everyone, and Shetland Amenity Trust would like encourage people to vote for the article.

Voting will be open until 8th February, and the winners will be announced at the Current Archaeology Live! 2016 conference, held at the University of London’s Senate House on 26-27th February. More information on the conference can be found here:

The full article can be read at


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  • Brian Smith

    • December 21st, 2015 15:56

    Was the Cunningsburgh Show at Too in the Iron Age?

    • John Tulloch

      • December 22nd, 2015 7:45

      Brian, whit da hell is du spikkin aboot? 🙂

  • Brian Smith

    • December 22nd, 2015 13:06

    The ‘continuity’ that archaeologists go on aboot.

  • Ronald Young

    • December 23rd, 2015 9:25

    Yes, it’s an interesting article by a brilliant lassie.

    My regret is that Val was speaking about Old Scatness a couple of days after I received my copy of Current Archaeology up at Bradford, which is about an hour drive from home 🙁


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