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Book Award

Current Committee Charge: The committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Book Award. The SAA awards two prizes to honor recently published books. One prize is for a book that has had, or is expected to have, a major impact on the direction and character of archaeological research. The other prize is for a book that is written for the general public and presents the results of archaeological research to a broader audience.

Committee Composition: Committee composition is one chair and at least four members.

Term Length: Term length is three years.

Award Cycle: Not applicable.

Committee Chair and End of Term: Lisa LeCount [2014]

Committee Chair Contact Information: Lisa J. LeCount, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama, 19 ten Hoor Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0210, tel: 205-348-3733, e-mail: llecount@as.ua.edu

Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Susan Toby Evans [2014], Paul Fish [2015], Nan Gonlin [2015], Evan Peacock [2014]

Board Liaison: Suzanne K. Fish

Award Description: The Society for American Archaeology annually awards two prizes to honor recently published books. One prize is for a book that has had, or is expected to have, a major impact on the direction and character of archaeological research. The other prize is for a book that is written for the general public and presents the results of archaeological research to a broader audience. The Book Award committee solicits your nominations for these prizes, which will be awarded at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the SAA. Books published in 2011 or more recently are eligible.

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award: The Book Award committee solicits nominations for these prizes. Books published in 2011 or more recently are eligible. In the Scholarly Book Award category, the first author must be a member of the SAA, and all members receive the award. In the Popular Book Award category, all authors may be members or non-members of the SAA and all authors receive the award.

Nomination/Submission Materials Required: One copy of the nominated book must be sent to each member of the committee. Please contact the chair of the committee, Lisa LeCount, for an updated list of the committee members.

Nomination/Submission Deadline:  December 2, 2013

Other Special Requirements: Nominators must arrange to have one copy of the nominated book sent to each member of the committee.

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: The following are among the criteria to be used for evaluating books for the SAA book awards: excellence in content, writing, organization, and presentation; excellence in research; originality, as representing a positive example for the discipline; clarity of argument; expected positive impact on archaeological research; clear and engaging writing style; presentation, especially visual.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue):  The Book Award Committee adheres to the following deadlines.

September 1:  Nomination announcement sent to publishers.

December 2: Deadline for receiving books. Generally, we start receiving books in late September but the bulk seems to come in between late October and November. Each nominated book is read and evaluated by at least two committee members during the first round of evaluations.

December 23: Deadline for committee members to submit a short list of top three selections in each category. The three books in each category with the highest combined scores advance to the final round.

Mid-January: The top picks are reviewed in detail and the committee votes to select the winners.

January 27: Committee submits award winners to the SAA Board.

Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium): The awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.

Awardees

2013    Elizabeth Arkush • Hillforts of the Ancient Andes: Colla Warfare, Society and Landscape (Scholarly)

Patrick Kirch   A Shark Going Inland is My Chief. The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai’i (Popular)

2012    Matthew R. Des Lauriers • Island of Fogs: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical investigations of Isla Cedros, Baja California (Scholarly)

            Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo • Statues that Walked (Popular)

2011    Vernon James Knight, Jr. • Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order

Steven R. Simms • Traces of Fremont: Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah

2010    David W. Anthony • The Horse, the Wheel and Language

Rebecca Yamin • Digging in the City of Brotherly Love

2009    Lothar von Falkenhausen • Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence

Jack Brink • Imagining Head-Smashed-In

2008    Tom D. Dillehay • Monuments, Empires and Resistance

James W. Bradley • Before Albany

2007    Kristian Kristiansen & Thomas B. Larsson • Transformations

Bradley T. Lepper • Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle Of Ohio's Ancient American Indian Cultures

2006    Peter Bellwood • First Farmers: The Origins of Agricultural Societies

James E. Bruseth and Toni S. Turner • From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle

2005    Kelley Hays-Gilpin • Ambiguous Images: Gender and Rock Art

Susan Toby Evans • Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History

2004    Brian Fagan • Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitant

T.J. (Tony) Wilkinson • Archaeological Landscapes of the Near East

 

2003    Kathleen Deagan and José María Cruxent • Archaeology at La Isabela: America's First European Town and Columbus's Outpost Among the Tainos

Thomas F. King, Randall S. Jacobson, Karen Ramey Burns, and Kenton Spading • Amelia Earhart's Shoes: Is the Mystery Solved?

2002    Lewis R. Binford • Constructing Frames of Reference: An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets

Ann-Marie Cantwell and Diana Dizerega Wall • Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City

2001    William W. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth I. Ward • Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

2000    Clive Gamble • The Paleolithic Societies of Europe

1999    Jon Muller • Mississippian Political Economy

Mark Lehner • The Complete Pyramids

 1998   Tom D. Dillehay • Monte Verde, A Pleistocene Settlement in Chile

Stephen Plog • Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

1997    Bruce D. Smith • The Emergence of Agriculture

Carmel Schrire • Digging Through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist

1996    Mary C. Stiner • Honor Among Thieves: A Zooarchaeological Study of Neandertal Ecology

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