“The title of the Archaeologist of the Year is traditionally announced at the general meeting of the Lithuanian Archaeological Society. As double awards for 2019 and 2020 were announced this year, I was excited to hear my name next to Marija Gimbutienė,” says dr. Raimonda Nabažaitė, researcher of the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology at Klaipėda University.
The title of the Archaeologist of the Year and its symbol – a brooch in the Baltic style – were awarded to dr.Nabažaitė for targeted research into stove tiles and church archeology, the initiatives of heritage preservation, the initiation of a cycle of conferences, and dissemination of science: the monograph Queen of the Interior. European Cultural Phenomena in the Tiles of Klaipėda Stoves in the 14th through the 18th century (Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2019); organisation of a series of national conferences Archaeologia Urbana dedicated to urban cultural research; the initiative for the preservation, conservation, and dissemination of industrial heritage The Road of Herring (the 19th century engineering system for sorting herring); the initiation of the Conservation and Restoration Centre at Klaipėda University; the initiative of factory furnace conservation and a project-expedition Living Furnaces; research in churches; and adaptation and dissemination of sacred heritage.
One of the last achievements of Raimonda Nabažaitė, noticed by, and very popular with, the general public, was the excavation of St. John’s Church territory in Klaipėda: almost half of the foundations of the church, once a symbol of Klaipėda which had been destroyed and was currently planned to be rebuilt, was exposed and investigated in detail.