Prestigious Henry Stopes Memorial Medal awarded to UWTSD academic


10.05.2021

An academic from UWTSD has been awarded the prestigious Henry Stopes Memorial Medal.

Martin Bates

Based at the University’s Lampeter campus, Dr Martin Bates accepted the outstanding contribution award from the Geologists’ Association during an online ceremony on Friday 7 May. This prize is awarded just once every three years for exceptional work in the archaeological field and specifically ‘on the Prehistory of Man and his geological environment.’

During his career, Dr. Bates has been involved in a number of major discoveries within the UK archaeological field including the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the Clactonian Elephant butchery site in Ebbsfleet, the Harnham terminal Lower Palaeolithic site near Salisbury and he discovered the Happisburgh human footprints in Norfolk (the oldest presently know in the world outside Africa).

It was noted during the presentation that the Henry Stopes Medal had been awarded to Dr Bates for his “significant contributions to understanding the geological environment of prehistoric human occupation of Britain and elsewhere over the last 40 years.” 

It was also noted that in the spirit of the Geologists’ Association he was “generous with his time and expertise to colleagues, students and members of the public alike”

Following the awards ceremony, Dr Martin Bates, commented:

“It is incredible to be recognised in this way and I’d like to thank the Geologists’ Association for this honour.  However, this award really reflects the support I have received through my career from a whole range of specialists who have provided me with the data I have used in my research. Without them I would not have been able to do what I have done”

“I think this all goes back to my very early days spent on the beaches of West Wales being dragged along on Saturday fieldtrips led by my father for students studying geology at Aberystwyth.  He has a lot to answer for!”

Further information about the Archaeology provision at the University is available on our website.  

Further Information

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