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British Archaeological Awards

15 July 2014

A project to monitor important archaeological remains around Scotland’s coastline last night (14th July) won two awards at the prestigious British Archaeological Awards, which took place at the British Museum in London.

Named the Best Community Engagement Archaeology Project, Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project (SCHARP) was developed by Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (SCAPE) and part-funded by Historic Scotland.

SCAPE developed the project because their previous work had identified a number of monuments which are at risk as Scotland’s coastline changes.

They developed a purpose-built app to enlist people who visit, live or work on the coast to contribute their own observations about the coastline. The app was named the Best Archaeological Innovation at the awards ceremony.

The three-year project will run until 2015 and is funded and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, the Crown Estate and the University of St Andrews.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “I am delighted that this valuable project has been recognised with this prestigious award. Innovative and practical, SCHARP’s app has engaged the public, allowing them to interact with and contribute to the important work of Scotland’s archaeological community.”

Tom Dawson, of SCAPE said: “This project’s philosophy is that eroding coastal heritage provides opportunities for anyone to enjoy and benefit from taking part in archaeological and historical exploration and discovery. I am honoured that the work of our team, and of the many thousands of people who engaged with us through the app, has been recognised through this award.”

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