Antiquity's Ben Cullen Prize Awarded to Dr Alan Williams

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The Ben Cullen Prize awarded to Dr Alan Williams for his work on the Great Orme Mines
Antiquity's Ben Cullen Prize has been awarded to Dr Alan Williams, for his work on the Great Orme mine in North Wales.

The journal Antiquity's Ben Cullen Prize 2020 has been awarded to Honorary Research Fellow Dr Alan Williams, for his recent co-authored paper on research into the importance of the Bronze Age Great Orme mine in North Wales.

Dr Alan Williams' paper - 'Boom and bust in Bronze Age Britain: major copper production from the Great Orme mine and European trade, c. 1600–1400 BC' - reveals that the Great Orme Mine was in fact the focus of Britain's first mining boom, with metals travelling as far as Sweden.

As part of Project Ancient Tin, the research is led by Dr Ben Roberts and supported by Dr Kamal Badreshany (both of the Archaeology Department of Durham University), alongside Dr Matthew Ponting and Dr Alan Williams of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology here at the University of Liverpool. The project was also recently awarded Leverhulme Trust funding to further explore the importance of the site to Bronze Age Europe. 

Dr Alan Williams obtained his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2018 on ‘fingerprinting’ and tracing the distribution of the copper from the Great Orme mine.


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