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Dr Hella Eckardt named Archaeologist of the Year 2018.

Hella's pioneering research has revealed how diverse the Roman Empire was through the large-scale use of isotope analysis and ancestry assessment to study late Roman skeletons. Together with Reading colleagues, she has demonstrated that towns such as York and Winchester were home to many immigrants, and that women and children were amongst those who moved across the Empire.

The information uncovered has led to the creation of teaching resources for primary and secondary schools, to help children and teachers reflect on the long history of migration into Britain. Hella's research also looks at the material culture of the north-western parts of the Empire, and what the use of certain Roman objects tells us about social and cultural identities there. Most recently, Hella has worked on objects associated with writing in the Roman world, exploring the significance of literacy in the Roman provinces.

The award is run by Current Archaeology magazine and is awarded through a public vote, and was presented at the CA Live! Conference in London on 23 February. Also nominated from our Department this year was Dr Jim Leary in the Archaeologist of the Year category, and Prof. Mike Fulford in the Research Project of the Year category for his work on The Roman Rural Settlement Project.

Hella said afterwards: “I am very honoured to have been voted Archaeologist of the Year 2018 and would like to thank all the Current Archaeology readers and members of the wider archaeological community who voted for me. It is wonderful to see that my work on migration in the Roman period has some strong resonances today, and I am also proud to represent the many archaeologists who work with artefacts."

“I would very much like to pay tribute to my co-nominees Timothy Darvill and Jim Leary for their fantastic work on the Neolithic period. Special thanks go to the staff and students at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading - it is a huge honour to be the third winner of this prestigious award from the same institution.”

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