An enthusiast from North Tyneside has won a prestigious national archaeology award recognising her outstanding voluntary contributions to the WallQuest community project.
Vivien Samuelson, of Killingworth, was named as the Council for British Archaeology’s Community Archaeologist of the Year at the annual Marsh Awards.
Mrs Samuelson’s award caps an outstanding summer for the WallQuest project, following the discoveries by volunteers of a long-lost bath house at Segedunum Roman Fort in July and a carved stone goddess head at Arbeia Roman Fort in September.
Vivien said: “I am delighted to receive this award whilst working on the WallQuest project.
“The project embraces the spirit of community archaeology to its fullest extent, with active involvement from young and old.
“Students, schoolchildren and scouts together with older people from all walks of life have taken part.
“Achieving our goal of unearthing the Roman bath-house at Segedunum was a most rewarding experience. I am particularly grateful to Dr Nick Hodgson for his guidance during the research phase.
“Finally, my thanks to the Council for British Archaeology and to Mr Brian Marsh who has funded the award. Be assured that the money will be put to good use.”