Mark Knight, who led the Must Farm dig in Whittlesey which unearthed rare Bronze Age settlement, receives top archaeology award

PUBLISHED: 14:39 04 March 2017

Duncan Wilson, archaeologist professor Sir Barry Cunliffe and Mark Knight CAU looking at the latest finds at Must Farm. Mark Knight was named Archaeologist for the Year 2017 at the Current Archaeology Awards. PHOTO: Dave Webb.

Duncan Wilson, archaeologist professor Sir Barry Cunliffe and Mark Knight CAU looking at the latest finds at Must Farm. Mark Knight was named Archaeologist for the Year 2017 at the Current Archaeology Awards. PHOTO: Dave Webb.

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An archaeologist who led the Must Farm dig in Whittlesey which unearthed extremely rare Bronze Age settlement has been given a top award.

Mark Knight, of Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU), was named Archaeologist for the Year 2017 at the Current Archaeology Awards.

The excavation also won this year’s Rescue Project of the Year award.

Mr Knight. who specialises in prehistoric landscapes, Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, said: “The Must Farm project was a team effort – the product of great teamwork, a great group of people.

“And if I am any good at what I do, it is because of working for Cambridge Archaeological Unit, and being able to immerse myself in the world of rescue archaeology and research, and to immerse myself in the Fenland landscape.”

His first experience of archaeology came as a result of the Manpower Services Commission, an initiative through which he spent six years working with Exeter Museum’s Archaeological Field Unit.

Encouraged by the unit’s then director, he left to study archaeology, and after completing his degree in 1995, joined CAU and began researching the prehistoric Fens.

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