Prize Winners

Antiquity awards two prizes annually for outstanding work in the field of archaeology.

The Antiquity Prize was created in 1994 by Editor Christopher Chippindale and the Antiquity Editorial Board in recognition of the fact that research funding was becoming increasingly competitive, the time to write difficult to find, and really good writing is ‘as rare and precious as ever’. They created the prize to honour and support the author(s) of the best contribution to each volume of Antiquity.

Ben Cullen (1964 – 1995) was a promising young archaeologist when he died unexpectedly, and the Ben Cullen Antiquity prize was founded by Ian Gollop in his honour in 1996. His work was published posthumously by Steele et al. (2000) Contagious Ideas: on Evolution, Culture, Archaeology and the Cultural Virus Theory. Selected Writings of Ben Cullen.

These articles are available to read for free.

Year Antiquity Prize Ben Cullen Prize
2018
2017
2016
The landscape of Angkor Wat redefined
Damian Evans & Roland Fletcher
2014
Cultural convergence in the Neolithic of the Nile Valley: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt’s place in Africa
David Wengrow, Michael Dee, Sarah Foster, Alice Stevenson & Christopher Bronk Ramsey
2013
The first towns in the central Sahara
D.J. Mattingly & M. Sterry
2012
Stonehenge remodelled
Timothy Darvill et al.
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
Tectonics and human evolution
Geoffrey King & Geoffrey Bailey
2005
2004
2003
2002
Too many ancestors
James Whitley
2001
The South Scandinavian barrows with well-preserved oak-log coffins
Mads Kähler-Holst, Henrik Breuning-Madsen & Marianne Rasmussen
2000
1999
1998
1997
Lapita and the temporal geography of prehistory
John E. Terrell & Robert L. Welsch
1996
1995
The evidence for early writing: utilitarian or ceremonial?
Nicholas Postgate, Tao Wang & Toby Wilkinson
1994