Grahame Clark Medal

This medal, awarded annually, acknowledges distinguished achievements involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology.

History of the prize

This medal was endowed in 1992 by Professor Sir Grahame Clark (elected Fellow of the British Academy 1951; died 1995). The medal was awarded for the first time in 1993.


Eligible nominations can be for academic achievement involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology.

How to nominate

Nominations for the Grahame Clark Medal are currently open and may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy.

Entries should be submitted electronically to and should state in the email subject line "Nomination Grahame Clark Medal 2022".

In the body of the email, clearly state:

  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee’s position/institution and email address
  • Nominee’s principal area of academic distinction
  • Supporting statement (250 words)
  • Nominator’s name and your British Academy section
  • Declaration of any institutional or personal interest

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2022. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

Nominations will be reviewed, and the winner selected, by the Grahame Clarke Medal panel:

Professor Graeme Barker FBA (panel chair)
Professor Amy Bogaard FBA
Professor Alasdair Whittle FBA

If you have any queries submitting a nomination, please email

2020 winner


Dr Frances Healy won the 2020 Grahame Clark Medal for her distinguished achievements involving recent contributions to the study of prehistoric archaeology, with a particular focus on the British Neolithic.

Dr Frances Healy is a prehistorian who has worked on the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age of Britain and, to a lesser extent, Europe, focusing on lithics, the analysis and interpretation of monument complexes and landscapes, and the statistical modelling of radiocarbon dates. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London Institute of Archaeology (now part of University College London), where her doctoral thesis was on the Neolithic in Norfolk. She has worked for the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, Wessex Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology, Newcastle University and Cardiff University, where she remains an Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Major projects in which she has taken part include the publication of excavations on Hambledon Hill, Dorset (with the late Professor Roger Mercer), the publication of the Mesolithic to Bronze Age aspects of excavations at Raunds, Northamptonshire (with Dr Jan Harding), the AHRC-funded Gathering Time project (with Professor Alasdair Whittle FBA and Professor Alex Bayliss) and the ERC-funded Times of their Lives project (also with Professors Whittle and Bayliss, as well as many others). She was Secretary of the Prehistoric Society from 1988 to 1993 and a Vice-President from 2001 to 2006; Chair of the Lithic Studies Society from 1994 to 1999; and a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology from 2000 to 2003. She is a member of the Prehistoric Society’s Editorial Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

I am astonished, honoured and profoundly grateful to be awarded this medal, especially as it was endowed by Grahame Clark. When working on East Anglian topics I find myself returning, profitably, to his publications from decades before. At a global level, he was an inspirational innovator, especially in the integration of stratigraphy, artefact studies and science into all-encompassing interpretations His influence persists to this day.”

– Dr Frances Healy, July 2020

Previous winners

2018 Dr Alison Sheridan, National Museums Scotland

2016 Professor Kristian Kristiansen, University of Gothenburg

2014 Dr Joan Oates FBA, University of Cambridge

2012 Professor Charles Higham FBA FRSNZ, University of Otago, New Zealand

2010 Professor Richard Bradley FBA, Professor of Archeology, University of Reading

2008 Professor Paul Mellars FBA, Professor of Pre-History and Human Evolution, University of Cambridge

2006 Professor Geoffrey J Wainwright MBE FSA

2004 Professor Barrington W Cunliffe CBE FBA

2002 Dr John Wymer

1999 Professor D J Mulvaney FBA

1997 Professor J D Clark

1995 Dr John Coles

1993 Professor Stuart Piggott

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