Don Brothwell (1933–2016) was a founder member of the Association of Environmental Archaeology (AEA), one of the ‘gang of four’ who established the Association in 1979. Along with Geoffrey Dimbleby, Don gave the opening paper, Environmental aspects of coasts and Islands: a justification, at the first annual conference in Lancaster (UK).
Don was a pioneer in archaeological science, and in his honour the AEA has set up the Don Brothwell Prize, which is awarded to the best paper published in Environmental Archaeology each year. The prize comprises free electronic access to the paper for a period of 2 years following announcement of the award.
The journal’s editorial board select a shortlist of 5 to 8 papers that, in their opinion, form the best and most significant papers published that year. Peter Gane, Taylor and Francis’ managing editor, then choses the winner from the shortlist.
Bunting, M.J., and M. Farrell. 2018. “Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Recent Advances in the Reconstruction of Woodland in Archaeological Landscapes Using Pollen Data”. Environmental Archaeology 23(3): 228–239.
Vidal-Matutano, P., R. Blasco, P. Sañudo, and J. Fernández Peris. 2019. “The Anthropogenic use of Firewood during the European Middle Pleistocene: Charcoal Evidence from Levels XIII and XI of Bolomor Cave, Eastern Iberia (230–160 ka)”. Environmental Archaeology 24(3): 269–28. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14614103.2017.1406026