John Evans Dissertation Prize

John Evans (1941-2005) was an inspirational environmental archaeologist, responsible for advancing the discipline and fostering many of today’s top researchers in the field. His many books continue to make a contribution to practical and theoretical aspects of environmental archaeology. To honour the memory of John and his achievements within environmental archaeology, the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) has an annual competition for the best undergraduate and Masters dissertations in any aspect of environmental archaeology.

2017 competition

A choice of prizes of £75 (please note that international students may be liable for the transfer costs) or 3-year membership subscriptions to the AEA will be awarded to the best undergraduate and Masters dissertation, which may be on any aspect of environmental archaeology worldwide. Abstracts from the winning dissertations will be published in the AEA newsletter (this is a condition of entry that all entrants will be agreeing to on submission of their dissertation). The John Evans Dissertation Prize winners will also be encouraged to submit an abridged version of their dissertation for publication in the Association’s journal, Environmental Archaeology, subject to the usual review process.

We invite each Department of Archaeology (or other relevant department) to submit the dissertation of their best candidate by 31st July 2017. Submissions from individual students are not accepted. English is the preferred technical language of submission although the committee will also accept submissions in other languages, but these must be accompanied by an English summary (max. 2 pages) to conform to the submission rules. Departments wanting to submit in languages other than English should contact the prize administrator to determine whether the submission can be accommodated.

Please note that only digital copies (pdf) of dissertations will be accepted, and these should be sent to the prize administrator, who should also be contacted for further information:



AEA John Evans Prize Administrator
Dr Nicki Whitehouse

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental,
Plymouth University, Drake Circus,
Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK
Email: Nicola.Whitehouse@plymouth.ac.uk