Our Young Archaeologist of the Year 2017 is... Cassie Bradshaw
Cassie Bradshaw (17) from Formby near Liverpool is the 2017 Young Archaeologist of the Year!
Cassie was nominated by Dr Jim Morris from the University of Central Lancashire for her ongoing involvement in the excavations at Ribchester Roman Fort in Lancashire. He described her as "the best and most enthusiastic young archaeologist I have meet in 20 years of archaeological study and work."
You can read more about Cassie and her archaeological adventures that led to her nomination for the Award on the YAC website.
We caught up with Cassie at the Council for British Archaeology's Day of Archaeology in London on Monday 6th November, where she was presented with her Award by CBA President and TV historian Dan Snow, and Brian Marsh from the Marsh Christian Trust.
Our interview with Cassie...
1) How long have you been interested in archaeology, and what first got you hooked on the subject?
I have been interested in archaeology since I was 5! I got hooked on the subject back on holiday in 2005, where I first discovered archaeology by getting involved in different activities.
2) How did you feel when you discovered that you had been named as Young Archaeologist of the Year for 2017?
I was surprised and didn't believe it! It felt surreal.
3) What has been your favourite archaeological experience so far?
Working on site at Ribchester Roman Fort! It gets better every year I go, and I always learn more.
4) If you could dig on any site, anywhere in the world, where would you choose to dig, and why?
I'd pick Ribchester! I enjoy the dig and learning about the changes that happened at the end of the Roman period on the site. Otherwise... I'd love to go to Peru and dig on an Inca site!
5) If you could travel back in time, which archaeological period would you visit, and why?
I would travel back to Roman times so that I could actually see what was going on within the sites that we are now digging as archaeologists! I'd like to find out why Britain appeared to go into an era of 'darkness' after everything was going so well.
6) What would be your dream find or discovery?
I would love to know what was inside the sphinx! Or finding out more about what happened to the Mayans and the Incas... or what happened to the Spartans!
7) What’s next in your archaeological adventure?
I'm applying to the University of Central Lancashire to do an integrated Masters degree in archaeology. And I also plan to go on and do a load more digs!
8) Would you like to work as an archaeologist in the future? And if so, what is your ideal archaeology job?
YES! I would like to be a commercial archaeologist and would love to be a supervisor on sites.
9) Time Team or Indiana Jones?
10) Trowel or paintbrush?
11) Egyptians or Greeks?
12) Describe archaeology in five words:
Intriguing, intellectual, fun, smart... dirty!
Thanks for speaking to YAC, Cassie... And HUGE congratulations once again!
Highly-commended young archaeologists
The shortlist for this year's Young Archaeologist of the Year Award was incredibly impressive. We were thrilled that Joshua Eden, Emma Hardie and Megan Hardie from Sheffield YAC, and Anna Priest from Bexley YAC were able to attend the Award ceremony to collect their highly-commended certificates. Roisin O'Toole will be presented with her certificate at an upcoming YAC meeting.
You can read all about our highly-commended young archaeologists on the YAC website.