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19 June 2016

St Kilda: The Last and Outmost Isle up for archaeological accolade

Book about St Kilda shortlisted in 2016 British Archaeological Awards

The bay at St Kilda, showing the beach, the ocean, the town and the hills

The shortlist for the 2016 British Archaeological Awards – a UK wide initiative that showcases and celebrates the latest discoveries, innovations and achievements in archaeology – has been officially announced.

St Kilda: the Last and Outmost Isle, which hit bookshelves late last year, by Historic Environment Scotland’s Angela Gannon and George Geddes, has been shortlisted for a gong in the Best Archaeology Book Award category.

The book combines the results of the most detailed archaeological survey of the islands ever undertaken, complete with rare and previously unpublished images of the archipelago and its people.

It joins two other Scottish projects on the shortlist, which Historic Environment Scotland has also been involved with. The Forestry Commission Scotland’s learning and education resource, The Picts and the community dig with the Whithorn Trust at Black Loch, Whithorn: Hearth, Home and Farm, with DigTV are up for Best Public Presentation of Archaeology and Best Community Archaeology Project, respectively.

Commenting on the shortlisting of the St Kilda book, James Crawford, Publishing and Research Grants Operational Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

We’re delighted that the enormous amount of work that has gone into the creation of this book – including extended periods of fieldwork, over some three decades, on one of the UK’s most remote places – has been recognised by this nomination.”

The British Archaeological Awards, which take place every two years, are judged by independent panels made up of leading experts from across the field in the UK, including both professional and voluntary sectors.

The winners will be named at an awards ceremony, held at the British Museum in London, on Monday 11th July.

You can view the full shortlist at www.archaeologicalawards.com. You can purchase St Kilda: the Last and Outmost Isle through our online shop.

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