The European Association of Archaeologists instituted the European Archaeological Heritage Prize in 1999. An independent Committee awards the Prize annually for an outstanding contribution to the generation of archaeological heritage knowledge and its dissemination, and to the protection, presentation and enhancement of the European archaeological heritage. In 2024, the Prize is sponsored by CIRAM.

As of 2018, nominations for the Prize are received in either of two categories:
  • Individual category for an outstanding scholarly contribution or personal involvement,
  • Institutional category for local, regional, national or international initiatives, long- or short-term, which contribute to the preservation and presentation of European archaeological heritage beyond the normal duties of the institution.
The same nomination form is used for both categories, with a different emphasis in the evaluated criteria.

The major evaluation criteria – recommended to be addressed in the application form – are as follows:

1. Scholarly (academic contribution)
2. Societal (contribution to generation of community values based on heritage)
3. Heritage (achievements within heritage protection / management / conceptual development)
4. Political (political level impact to further the standing of archaeological heritage)
The Committee will discuss all serious proposals for the Prize. No self-nominations are accepted. Self-nominations (institutional category) clarification: if the potential nominee is directly employed by the nominator in the particular project (i.e. the project is the intellectual copyright of both the nominator and nominee), then the nomination is considered as self-nomination and cannot be accepted.
Nominations may be made by any of the following:
  • Members of the Association (all membership categories)
  • Professors and heads of departments of archaeology at European universities and institutes
  • Directors of governmental heritage management organisations and agencies in European countries (members of the Council of Europe)
  • Non-governmental archaeological, heritage, and professional organisations in European countries.

The 2024 European Archaeological Heritage Prize will be presented to the Recipient during the Opening Ceremony of the 30th EAA Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy, on 28 August 2024. The shortlisted candidate(s) are expected to attend the Ceremony in person. The prize consists of a diploma and a medal.

Please fill in the form below and submit it before 1 July 2024.

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