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.

Previous awardees


Undergraduate: Nora Batterman (University of Leicester)
Exotics and Empire. An Investigation into Roman Conceptions of the ‘Wild’
Postgraduate: Samantha Preslee (University of York)
Using ancient proteomics tools to identify the exploitation of birds eggs in archaeological contexts
Undergraduate: Blessing Chidimuro (University of York)
Assessing the Effectiveness of Using Bone Apatite in Palaeodietary Reconstructions: Bone Mineral Stable Isotope Analysis of Individuals from England, Spain and Italy
Postgraduate: Lisa Phan (University of Cambridge)
Late Pleistocene lithic technology at Hang Trống cave, Vietnam: Climate Change and Hoabinhian Lithic Organization
Undergraduate: Texas Nagel (James Cook University)
Understanding the Tests of Time: Using Foraminifera to Refine Knowledge of Archaeological Site Formation Processes”
Postgraduate: Sarah E. Oas (Simon Fraser University)
Revising Bosumpra: Examining 10,000 years of plant use at the Bosumpra rockshelter, Ghana
Undergraduate: Tristan Henser‐Brownhil (University of York)
Pathogen Degredation and Persistence: Are Ancient Pathogens a Biohazard for Archaeologists?
Postgraduate: Alice Berg (Tell Aviv University)
Plant Economy and Ecology in Early Bronze Age Tel Bet Yerah
Undergraduate: Kirsten Barr (University of Reading)
Bronze Age Ungulate Footprint-Tracks of the Severn Estuary: Species and Age Identification and an Interpretation of Husbandry Practices
Postgraduate: Amanda D Wynne (University of Reading)
Palaeoenvironmental Impact of Medieval Colonisation and Expansion at Radzyń Chełmiński, North-Central Poland
Undergraduate: Bennjamin J. Penny-Mason (University of Reading)
Evaluating the application of faecal pollen analysis to archaeological and forensic science: an experimental approach
Postgraduate: Andrea K. Thompson (Université de Montréal)
A Zooarchaeological Analysis of a Late Dorset Faunal Assemblage from the KcFs-2 Site (Nunavik, Quebec)
Undergraduate: Emily Blake (University of Durum)
Red herring or dietary reality? The utilisation of aquatic resources in the Upper Palaeolithic
Postgraduate: James Walker (University of Cambridge)
Complementing the seasonal round of Mesolithic Oronsay, Scotland, using intraspecific isotopes δ18 values from shellfish Littorina

Pre-2010 awardees to be added soon.

The Award

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.

Nominate a Dissertation

We invite each Department of Archaeology (or other relevant department) to submit the dissertation of their best candidate at undergraduate and Masters level. 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.

Submissions are accepted year-round, though dissertations must be submitted by 31st July for consideration in that year’s prize – dissertations submitted after this date will be automatically included in the following year’s competition. Please note that only digital copies (preferably 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 Jen Harland

Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX