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Recognition for archaeology research

16 January 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Dr Vicki Cummings dolmen project has been shortlisted for a specialist magazine award

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic has been recognised for her research by a specialist magazine.

Dr Vicki Cummings’ work on building the great dolmens has been nominated as Best Research Project of the Year by Current Archaeology.

‘How to build a dolmen: exploring Neolithic construction at Garn Turne’ is about the excavation of a Neolithic dolmen. The project has revealed new information about how these ostentatious monuments were put together.

The Reader in Archaeology undertook the research with Professor Colin Richards from the University of Manchester.

She said: “Dolmens are fantastic monuments, using stones weighing up to 160 tonnes. These were incredible feats of engineering, especially considering they were constructed 6,000 years ago.”

It is the seventh year of the Current Archaeology Awards. The awards celebrate the projects and publications that made the pages of the magazine during the past year, and the people judged to have made outstanding contributions to archaeology.

The award is different to most educational awards as there is no panel of judges. The decision is made entirely by the public so to vote for her work visit the Current Archaeology website here.

Dr Cummings added: “This nomination is wonderful and it’s great recognition for the work we’ve done. It would be lovely to win the award so we’re asking everyone to visit the website and vote for us – we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

Voting closes on 6 February and the winners will be announced at the special awards ceremony on 27 February at Current Archaeology Live!

This nomination is wonderful and it’s great recognition for the work we’ve done. It would be lovely to win the award so we’re asking everyone to visit the website and vote for us – we’ve got our fingers crossed.

Dr Vicki Cummings and Professor Colin Richards at work (pic credit to Adam Stanford). 

Dr Vicki Cummings and Professor Colin Richards at work (pic credit to Adam Stanford).

Dr Vicki Cummings and the excavation team at Garn Turne (pic credit to Adam Stanford).

Dr Vicki Cummings and the excavation team at Garn Turne (pic credit to Adam Stanford).