The award recognises Roberta’s recent research on the archaeology of Glastonbury Abbey, in which the reassessment of archaeological records revealed that several of the Abbey’s best known archaeological ‘facts’ were in fact myths themselves, perpetuated by excavators influenced by the abbey’s legends. Roberta’s research attracted widespread attention from both academic circles and international press alike.
The winners were announced at Current Archaeology Live! 2016, with each category winner determined by public vote. On receiving her award, Roberta said: “I am truly honoured to have been voted Current Archaeology’s Archaeologist of the Year 2016 and I would like to thank the Current Archaeology readers and wider public who voted for me. I’m delighted that my work on Glastonbury Abbey has captured the public imagination. I am particularly proud to be the first woman voted Archaeologist of the Year and to see that women dominated all categories of the Current Archaeology Awards 2016.”