A council archaeology project has swept up two national industry awards.

Worcestershire County Council's Archive and Archaeology Service's Roots in Time project has secured both the Archaeology and Sustainability Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's Archaeological Achievement Awards.

The accolades, awarded by the Council for British Archaeology, celebrate exceptional achievements in the industry across the UK and Ireland.


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The Roots in Time initiative, jointly funded by £95,830 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £29,760 from Arts Council England, is based at New Farm Nature Reserve, just north of Evesham.

The funds were used for a community excavation of Romano-British and late prehistoric archaeology in the summer of 2022, followed by on-site interpretation created with communities.

In addition to providing archaeological insights, the project aims to promote the ecology and heritage of the site, as well as documenting the human impact on the landscape over millennia through onsite interpretation panels, a sitting place sculpture and an audio-trail.

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The onsite interpretation panels, sitting place sculpture and audio-trail have been developed by Ourside Youth Centre, Evesham and District Meeting Centre, and the Freedom Day Centre, collaborating with Spare Room Arts and writer Jean Atkin.

The project was nominated for the awards for its sustainability, as it was deemed to have demonstrated the crucial role archaeology can play in creating sustainability schemes, and engaging the public in the process.

Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member for communities at the council, said: "Congratulations to The Roots in Time team, the project is a shining example of how archaeology can be used to not only promote our understanding of the past but also to create a more sustainable future.

"By incorporating archaeology into the design of New Farm Nature Reserve, Worcestershire County Council has demonstrated its commitment to preserving both our heritage and our environment."

The council has said it is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and is implementing strategies, such as planting 150,000 trees on council land to half the county's carbon emissions by 2030.

For more information or to visit the site, visit the Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service website (explorethepast.co.uk).