EAA Book Prize

EAA Book Prize 2024 Shortlisted

The Book Prize Committee has shortlisted six publications, read more here.

Submissions / nominations for the 2024 EAA Book Prize must be received by the EAA Secretariat at helpdesk@e-a-a.org before 29 February 2024.

1. Scope

The EAA annually awards a prize to honour monographs recently published by EAA Members in the following three categories:

  • books that have had, or are expected to have, a formative influence on the direction and character of archaeological research
  • books that are written for the general public and present the results of archaeological research to a broader audience
  • books that are addressing current issues in archaeological heritage management.

2. Eligibility

  • Books for nomination need to have been published in the 36 months before the annual nomination deadline
  • The first author must be a Member of the EAA at the time of nomination for the Prize
  • Books published in an EAA-series (Themes or Elements) are ineligible
  • Books need to be monographs, i.e. detailed, specialised and thematic studies; edited volumes are included in this definition
  • Books must thematically address archaeological research, archaeology and public relations, or archaeological heritage management (cf. Art. 1)
  • The book needs to be published in English. Bilingual publications are welcome if this includes an English version of the entire book

3. Application for Nominations

  • EAA Members can submit their own books for nomination
  • EAA Members can submit books from other EAA Members for nomination pending author's consent
  • Publishers can submit one book from an EAA Member for nomination pending author's consent
  • The EAA Book Prize Committee (cf. Art. 8) solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Prize.

4. Submission/Nomination Materials Required

A book will be evaluated in the format in which it was designed to be read. A link to the digital copy in the format or on the platform for which it was designed and / or a colour PDF of the nominated book must be received by the EAA Secretariat at helpdesk@e-a-a.org by 29 February 2024.

5. Evaluation Criteria

The criteria to be used for evaluating nominations for the EAA Book Award include the following:

  • Relation to theory and practice of European archaeology
  • Originality (as representing a positive example for the discipline)
  • Rigour (excellence in content, writing, organization and presentation; clarity of argument; clear and engaging writing style)
  • Presentation (excellence in presentation, especially visual)
  • (Anticipated) formative influence on academia (Archaeology and possibly other disciplines)
  • (Anticipated) non-academic impacts and benefits, such as on general public or heritage management practices
  • Adherence to scientific standards and principles of archaeological ethics upheld by the EAA.

6. Prize and Benefits

  • The EAA Book Prize is conferred on the winning book but all lead authors will be able to accept credit for this
  • All lead author will receive an EAA Book Prize certificate (PDF)
  • ‘EAA seal of quality’, including EAA Book Prize Logo for further use in relation to the book in question
  • Publicity: Coverage and advertisement of nominated books as well as awarded book through EAA communication channels.

7. Deadlines and Dates

  • 29 February 2024: Deadline for book submissions/nominations
  • 28 August 2024: Award of Prize at EAA Annual Meeting in Rome.

8. Prize Committee

  • The EAA Book Prize Committee is appointed by the EAA Executive Board.
  • The EAA Book Prize Committee is renewed every three years, with the option for renewal for another term.

EAA Book Prize 2023

EAA Book Prize 2023 has been awarded to two publications, read more here.