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Archaeology research project wins award

Dr Hannah Cobb inspects a Viking boat burial that was found during the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project
Dr Hannah Cobb inspects a Viking boat burial that was found during the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project

The Ardnamurchan Transitions Project has been awarded the 2014 Archaeology Training Forum (ATF) Training Award. It is one of a number of Archaeology research projects directed by Dr Hannah Cobb, Lecturer in Archaeology.

The Ardnamurchan Transitions Project is a multi-period study of social change through time in Ardnamurchan, Western Scotland, which has been running since 2006. In that time over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Archaeology department at The University of Manchester have been trained on the project. The team also trains local community volunteers and professional archaeologists.

Judging the award was an ATF panel consisting of representatives from the Council for British Archaeology, the Institute for Archaeologists, FAME (Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers), the National Heritage Agencies, and the Higher Education Academy.

"A clear winner"

a clear winner across all the judges who noted that it was innovative in its approach, clearly referenced skills needs for students, volunteers, professional archaeologists and trainers alike, and provided a model which could easily be rolled out across other projects.

- The ATF speaking about the Arnamurchan Transitions Project

Dr Hannah Cobb was formally presented with the award at the IfA's annual conference in Glasgow.

Archaeology