In 2009 the NAS took over the administration of the Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award for published work on maritime archaeology which best reflects the pioneering ideas and scholarly aspirations of the late Keith Muckelroy from the Council for British Archaeology.
Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award 2009
In 2009 six works were nominated. All were of a high standard, and the breadth and depth of their subject matter made them hard to compare. Three journal articles were nominated along with three longer monographs and for the next award the judges may be considering whether there should be two awards, one for a monograph and one for a journal article.
In ranking the submissions the judges followed the criterion that the winning entry should be the one that ‘best reflects the interests, aspirations of Keith Muckelroy’. In other words, which would Keith himself have chosen?
The Winner of the 2009 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award:
The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, edited byRobert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, with numerous contributors and an editorial team. The five-volumes set, in either English or French, was published by Parks Canada in 2007.
The judges were unanimous in declaring this is the winner of the Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award 2009.
Runners Up - Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award 2009:
The Solutrean Atlantic Hypothesis: a View from the Ocean, by Kieran Westley and Justin Dix, was published in the Journal of the North Atlantic in 2008.
The Use of a High-Resolution 3D Chirp Sub-Bottom Profiler for the Reconstruction of the Shallow Water Archaeological Site of the Grace Dieu (1439), River Hamble, UK, by Ruth Plets, Justin Dix, Jon Adams, Jonathan Bull, Timothy Henstock, Martin Gutowski and Angus Best, was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science in 2009.
Rigorous Reasoning, Reflexive Research and the Space for 'alternative Archaeologies'. Questions for Maritime Archaeological Heritage Management, by Jesse Ransley,
published in IJNA in 2007.
Highly Commended 2009 - Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award 2009:
Old Ships of the New Gate. Volume 1, edited by Ufuk Kocabas, was published by Istanbul University Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project in 2008.
Classic Ships of Islam: from Mesopotamia to the Indian Ocean, by Dionysius Agius, published in 2007 by Brill.
Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award 2011
This was awarded for a work published after 1 January 2009 which, in the opinion of the judges, best reflects the interests, aspirations and high scholarly standards of Keith Muckelroy.
The winner of the 2011 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award:
Carpow in Context: a Late Bronze Age Logboat from the Tay by David Strachan (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2010).
Runner-up - 2011 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award:
Crumlin-Pedersen, Ole, Archaeology and the Sea in Scandinavia and Britain: a personal account (Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2010).
Highly Commended - 2011 Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award:
Benjamin, Jonathan, 'Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Underwater Site Discovery: Reevaluating the "Danish Model" for International Practice', Journal of Island and Coastal
Archaeology, October 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question - Does my proposed work fit the criteria?
Answer - the criteria have been deliberately made broad, and if you think a work fits the definition set out in the first sentence of the call for nominations, then please go ahead with it.
Question - Why is there an overlap between the periods of nomination?
Answer - simply to allow time for new publications to come to the attention of proposers. The period is two calendar years plus the first four months of the year in which nomination calls are made (usually every second year). Otherwise something published close to the close of nominations might not be noticed until it was too late.
Question - Who are the judges for the Award?
Dr Colin Martin (University of St Andrews), Dr Paula Martin (former Editor, IJNA), Dave Parham (University of Bournemouth), Dr Mark Redknap (National Museum of Wales) and Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museums of Scotland).
Question - What is the first prize?
Answer - a very heavy trophy. There is no money involved, just the publicity, and a certificate.