Mercian Archaeological Services CIC’s Sue Rodgers has been nominated for The Community Archaeologist of the Year Award, in the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) annual awards.
The Council’s Marsh Archaeology Awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, which celebrate excellence in community archaeology and recognise the passion and dedication of the many people working so hard to protect and understand British Archaeology. The Community Archaeologist of the Year Award is ‘for an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology’.
Sue’s nomination was listed in the November/December edition of British Archaeology Magazine with the following: “Sue Rodgers has been leading the Newark and District branch of the YAC [Young Archaeologists’ Club] since 2001, providing hundreds of young people from Nottinghamshire with their first taste of archaeology. Over the years Sue has led the branch in a range of activities, including building two iron age roundhouses and then burning them down and also building and burning down a Viking longship — enabling the YAC members to explore the archaeological record left behind! She has also been involved in various community archaeology projects in the area, and delivers education and outreach activities with Mercian Archaeology”.
Alongside her nomination for the above award Sue has also been made an ‘Honorary Member’ of the Council for British Archaeology, a special honour shared with only nine other people in the country.
Mercian Archaeological Service’s Andy, Sean and Dave said: “We are extremely proud of Sue who works tirelessly to promote archaeology, and to educate and inspire the younger generations in particular. Her work with the Young Archaeology Club is a full-time commitment and she has undertaken it as though it were a ‘calling’.
“It is high time her dedication and effort began to receive the credit it deserves, and we are sure this is just the start of awards and honours coming her way over the coming years. Excellence should be recognised and rewarded, and it most definitely is here.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sue for all the fantastic work she has done for Mercian Archaeological Services CIC over the last five years — and in the months and years to come. The expertise and passion she brings to teaching and inspiring young people in archaeology has helped us to deliver so many projects; allowing Mercian to continue delivering great and rewarding archaeological opportunities to people young (and the not so young!) through our projects. We couldn’t have achieved half as much without Sue’s talent, enthusiasm and her gift for communicating archaeology in ways only she can!”