The film New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors has won Best Public Presentation of Archaeology at the British Archaeological Awards 2014.
The film, produced by Lion Television and MediaLab for Channel 4, was the first public presentation of research led by Xiuzhen Janice Li, Andrew Bevan, Marcos Martinón-Torres and their colleagues in Xi'an, which involved a number of innovative scientific methods and exciting results.
The film was recognised by the judges 'for stimulating interest, advancing understanding and changing perceptions of the past'.
The film was aired by Channel 4 in 2013 and was watched by almost 4 million people. It has also recently drawn unprecedented viewing numbers when the French version was broadcast by Arte in France and Germany, and another version of the film will be broadcast by NOVA in the US later this year.
The winners of the 2014 British Archaeological Awards were announced at a special ceremony held at the British Museumon 14 July, compèred by Loyd Grossman, Chair of The Heritage Alliance, with Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology and Ed Vaizey, HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries presenting the awards. At the same ceremony Beatrice De Cardi received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Archaeology.
The Imperial Logistics of the Terracotta Army project, on which the film is based, is a joint research initiative between the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum. In 2012, the initiative was adopted by the British Academy as an Academy Research Project in recognition of “the excellence of their scholarship, and the promise and excitement of their programmes”.