Academic Prizes

The School of Archaeology administers a number of prizes for outstanding student work, supported both by the University and external partners. For details of the prizes and a list of recent winners, please see below: 

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The fund created by friends of Barclay Vincent Head, Hon. D.Litt., late Keeper of Coins and Medals in the British Museum, offered to the University, with a view to perpetuate his memory by the foundation of a prize for the encouragement of the study of Ancient Numismatics, shall be invested by the University, and the income arising from it shall be devoted to the maintenance of a prize to be called the Barclay Head Prize for Ancient Numismatics.

The Barclay Head Prize for Ancient Numismatics is managed by the School of Archaeology and is awarded for a dissertation or essay that displays great merit in a subject connected with Ancient Numismatics, not later than the beginning of the Fifth Century A.D.

For more information please email pgt-support@arch.ox.ac.uk.

  • 2019 - Stephen Domican: "How did Roman currency develop between the 6th century BC and the issuing of the denarius in the midst of the Second Punic War?"
  • 2018 - Joseph Robson: "Continuity and Change in Coin Hoarding Practices from Iron-Age to Roman Kent c. 55 BC - AD 85"
  • 2017 - George Prew: "Enigmatic Ruler of Central Asia’: A Reconsideration of the Sophytes Coinage"
  • 2016 - George Green: "The typicality of the Ramallas hoard in the context of late first century BC hoarding, with particular reference to Spain"
  • 2015 - Simon Glen: "Heliocles and Laodice of Bactria: a Reconsideration"

This prize is awarded each academic year for the student who has submitted the best written work, either extended essay or dissertation, in the any of the three streams of Archaeological Science at a Masters level. This is decided by the Board of Examiners, and no specific application is required. 

  • 2021 - Ivy Notterpeak: "Testing and developing non-invasive Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) for the analysis of Palaeolithic osseous remains"

<p>This prize is awarded each academic year for the student who has submitted the best written work, either extended essay or dissertation in the&nbsp;MSt or MPhil in Classical Archaeology.&nbsp;This is decided by the Board of Examiners, and no specific application is required.&nbsp;</p>

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<li>2021: Lukas&nbsp;Reimann:&nbsp;<i>“The Monument of Aemilius Paullus at Delphi: How can we understand the usage of Roman Republican and royal Hellenistic </i>topoi<i> in the battle frieze?"</i></li>
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<p>This prize is awarded each academic year for the student who has submitted the best written work, either extended essay or dissertation in the&nbsp;MSc in Archaeology.&nbsp;This is decided by the Board of Examiners, and no specific application is required.&nbsp;</p>

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<li>2021: Emmanouel Mavromatis:&nbsp;<i>“Politics and Archaeology in Knossos: From Kalokairinos until Today”.</i></li>
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