September 15, 2021

Dissertation Prize

The Gwobr Archaeoleg Cambrian Archaeological Award

Each year the Cambrian Archaeological Association gives a dissertation prize to an undergraduate or Master’s level dissertation which makes the most original contribution to the archaeology and/or history of Wales and the Marches. The Gwobr Archaeoleg Cambrian Archaeological Award (formerly the Blodwen Jerman Prize) is an opportunity for students and researchers, including those in continuing education, to share their research with the wider academic community and begin network building through the Association and its Members.

This prestigious prize was established in 1980 and over the years we have received a wide range of dissertations covering a breadth of topics and methodologies. In recent years we have particularly welcomed research that is innovative in its approach, and has the potential to be impactful not only to the scholarship but also within the wider community.

Submissions can be made by the student, or [their] supervisor or department (N.B. there is no annual limit to the number of entries that can be made by a department). Dissertations should be dated from within the last three years. The deadline for submissions is the 30th November each year. Following this, submissions will be reviewed by a panel and the award will be announced in the spring. The award winner will receive £300 in prize money, three years free membership to the CAA and will be invited to receive the award at our summer AGM and warmly welcomed to provide a poster detailing the research, or provide a brief 10 minute presentation (this is optional).

To make a submission please download and complete this entry form and email this, together with a digital copy of the dissertation to Heather James, Secretary at:

Any queries prior to submission should be addressed to Tudur Davies at


Previous prize winners

“On gaining this prize I gained increased faith in my abilities, providing a degree of credibility in my own eyes to interact confidently with senior peers at conferences and other academic events.  I have since discussed this with other prize winners who have shared similar experiences, demonstrating the value of this prize in encouraging early career scholars in their ventures into academia and the promotion of the study of Welsh archaeology.”

– Dr Tudur Davies (prize winner 2007)