The 2010 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for Social Sciences was awarded to the Archaeological Team of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum in Xi’an.
Site of the terracotta warriors, also known as the warriors of Xi´an, is regarded as a rich informational source about the Chinese civilization and also hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.
The Prince of Asturias Awards aim, to quote from the Statutes of the Foundation “to reward the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups of individuals or institutions at international level.” Consonant with this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences “will be bestowed upon the person, institution, group of people or group of institutions whose work or research in the fields of Anthropology, Law, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology and other Social Sciences constitutes a significant contribution to the progress of these sciences to the benefit of Mankind”.
This year a total of 23 candidatures from Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Iran, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Spain ran for the Award.
This is the second of eight Prince of Asturias Awards to be bestowed this year for the thirtieth time. The Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts went to American sculptor Richard Serra. The rest of awards will be announced in the coming weeks in the following order: Communication and Humanities, Technical and Scientific Research, Letters and International Cooperation, with the Sports and Concord awards being announced in September.
Each Prince of Asturias Award, which date back to 1981, comprises a diploma, a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolising the Awards, an insignia bearing the Foundation’s coat of arms, and a cash prize of 50,000 Euros. The awards will be presented in the autumn in Oviedo at a grand ceremony chaired by H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias.
The Jury for the Award communicated its decision today in Oviedo.