YAC Leader Liz wins national award
The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and organised by YAC's grown-up parent charity, the Council for British Archaeology. The Awards are designed to celebrate amazing people and projects that inspire lots of people to get involved in archaeology.
YAC's very own Liz Caldwell won the Community Archaeologist of the Year Award!
Liz Caldwell is one of the volunteer leaders of our MAYA YAC in Somerset. MAYA stands for Mick Aston's Young Archaeologists, and Liz is one of a team of fab volunteers who set up the club earlier in 2016, in memory of Mick.
Alongside her amazing work at MAYA YAC, Liz is also involved with the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group and the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. She certainly keeps herself archaeologically active!
Liz was nominated for the Award by Matt Law, from Bath Spa University. He describes Liz as "a driving force in community archaeology in Somerset and south west England." He went on to say...
Liz is an inspiring example of a volunteer archaeologist who has worked tirelessly not only to further our understanding of cultural heritage in the south west, but more importantly to create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with archaeology with a high professional standard.
High and well-deserved praise for an awesome archaeologist!
YAC asked Liz...
YAC HQ caught up with Liz to ask her a few questions about the Award and her love of archaeology:
How did you feel when you discovered that you had been chosen as Community Archaeologist of the Year?
Astonished, surprised and very excited!
Who has inspired you in your interest in archaeology?
Mick Aston has really inspired me to want to spread the word about how great archaeology is and to get everyday people involved. My friends and colleagues at the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group are also a daily inspiration.
What is your proudest archaeological achievement?
Winning Community Archaeologist of the Year!
What archaeological site would you most like to work on, and why?
Any of the amazing Neolithic sites on the Orkney Islands. It is such a beautiful place and the archaeological sites are incredible.
Romans or Egyptians?
Trowel or toothbrush?
Horrible Histories or Time Team?
What is next for you in archaeology?
Our Mick Aston's Young Archaeologists (Somerset) has got off to such a great start and I'm working hard to ensure it goes from strength to strength. I'm also hoping to start up more community projects with the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.
If you could travel back in time to any archaeological period, where would you go, and why?
Probably everyone says this, but I'd like to go back to when they built Stonehenge – just to see how they really did do it!
If you had to describe archaeology in five words, what would you say?
Past lives touching our lives.
Thanks for talking to us, Liz!
And HUGE congratulations once again from everyone at YAC. We're all really really proud of you!