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— Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology —

Current Committee Charge
: The committee is charged with selecting a recipient for the Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology, to be presented annually in recognition of a member (regardless of national origin) who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Committee Composition: Committee composition is one chair and eight members, with representatives from the Southern Cone of South America, the Andes, Amazonia/Brazil, northern South America, Central America, the Maya region, central and northern Mexico, and the Caribbean. The chair shall be selected by the SAA Board and the committee shall be coordinated through the Awards Committee.

Term Length:
Term length is three years.

Committee Chair and End of Term: Tomas E. Mendizabal [2017]

*Committee Chair Contact Information: Tomas E. Mendizabal, Mirador Del Cangrejo 10A, Calle H El Cangrejo, Panama, PANAMA, Email: tomas_mendizabal@yahoo.com

Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Rani T. Alexander [2017], Astolfo Araujo [2015], Terry Powis [2015], Jorge Provenzall [2015], Carlos A. Rincon Mautner [2017], John Staller [2015], Henry A. Tantaleán [2017], Jason Toohey [2015]

Committee on Awards Chair: Heather A. Lapham [2015]

Board Liaison to Award Committees:
Suzanne K. Fish [2015]

*Award Description:
The Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology will be presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean. In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will pay particular attention to the cultural context in which the nominee works and to the different pathways to creating and promoting excellence in Latin American and Caribbean archaeology. The award is open to individuals at any point in their careers.

*Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for Award: Any SAA member may nominate an individual for this award. Awardees must be members of the SAA.

*Nomination/Submission Materials Required: Nominators are required to submit 1) a nomination letter, 2) a detailed curriculum vita of the nominee that includes a complete bibliography of local and international research publications, 3) brief description of the academic and/or cultural impact of research, publications and other relevant activities and 4) at least two supporting letters; one supporting letter should be from a Latin American or Caribbean archaeologists and one supporting letter should be from a Latin Americanist/Caribbeanist. All nominations and supporting documents are requested in PDF format to be sent via email to the committee chair.

*Nomination/Submission Deadline:
January 4, 2015

Other Special Requirements:
All nominations and supporting documents are requested in PDF format to be sent via email to the committee chair.

Selection or Evaluation Criteria: Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean archaeology is seen as a context-specific concept that must be evaluated in terms of the economic, political, cultural, academic and professional circumstances within which each candidate has pursued the practice of the profession and/or generation of archaeological knowledge, through such activities as research, institutional development, teaching and training of students, public awareness, cultural heritage preservation, among others.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue): All communication is via email. Immediately following the deadline for nominations and supporting materials and reception of all existing documents by the committee chair by January 4, files are forwarded to the committee members to begin deliberation. Committee members are requested to finish reviewing documents and submit recommendations by January 25. A final decision is made by January 27, at which time the text of the award citation is prepared and distributed among the committee members for final opinions. The decision and citation are communicated to the Chair of the Committee on Awards, who in turn notifies the Executive Director and President by January 31.

The committee, upon consultation with the nominator(s), may roll over second and third-ranked candidates for an additional year of eligibility for the award (as per Motion 132-74B, Board of Directors Meeting #132, October 2013).

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.

The long award citation may be published in both English and Spanish (or other language) in the annual Meeting Program and the annual Awards section in the May issue of The SAA Archaeological Record. The committee is responsible for providing the content of the citation in Spanish (or other language) (as per Motion 132-74E, Board of Directors Meeting #132, October 2013).

Awardees

2014    Luis Alberto Borrero

Luis Alberto Borrero has earned the SAA's Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology Award for his combination of scholarship and service to the profession. Dr. Borrero's contributions to Latin American archaeology and international theory and method are exceptional and have garnered considerable praise from his peers. This lifework has been undertaken primarily on the early peopling of southern South America, while his focus on zooarchaeology and taphonomy sets the bar in these particular specialties. This award also lauds Luis Borrero's long and expert service in developing the institutional and academic basis for archaeological research, in Argentina in particular and Latin America in general. He has consistently pierced the barriers that national frontiers present to archaeological research, both within Latin America and between Latin America and North America. His career is a model of excellence in Latin American and world archaeology.

Luis Alberto Borrero ha sido condecorado por la SAA con el premio a la Excelencia en la Arqueología de América Latina y del Caribe. Las contribuciones del Dr. Luis Borrero a la arqueología de América Latina, a la teoría y a la metodología son excepcionales y han generado gran impacto entre sus estudiantes y colegas. Su obra se ha enfocado principalmente en el estudio del poblamiento temprano de América del Sur y la vida de los cazadores recolectores en Patagonia. Su énfasis en la zooarqueología y tafonomía ha generado un enorme impacto en el desarrollo de estas disciplinas en Latino América. Su obra ha atravesado las barreras que imponen las actuales fronteras fluyendo tanto dentro de América Latina y entre América Latina y América del Norte. Este premio también reconoce el servicio de Luis Borrero al desarrollo de las bases institucionales y académicas para la investigación arqueológica, en la Argentina en particular y América Latina en general. Su carrera es un modelo de excelencia para la arqueología latinoamericana y mundial.

2013     Luis Lumbreras

Luis Guillermo Lumbreras Salcedo has earned the Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology 2013 for his contributions to the practice and institutional development of Latin American archaeology and to the construction and dissemination of archaeological knowledge. His outstanding research in Peru has provided an important model for theoretical and methodological approaches elsewhere and has inspired many generations of colleagues and students in the Americas. It is clear that he has been a highly influential and visionary leader of Andean archaeology. The breadth and depth of the impacts stemming out of his theoretical and substantive works are historic and without comparison among his Andean and Andeanist contemporaries. He is one of the few archaeologists who have developed theoretical views that challenge and offer viable alternatives to the traditional paradigms. His ideas have transcended political boundaries. His book, Archaeology as a Social Science, has been one of the most influential writings in Latin America and beyond. He has served to bridge the Andean and Andeanist intellectual traditions.

2012    None

2011    Jeremy A. Sabloff

Jeremy A. Sabloff has earned the Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology for his contributions to method and theory in archaeology, and to the construction and dissemination of archaeological knowledge. His outstanding research at Seibal, Cozumel and Sayil provide important models for theoretical and methodological approaches and have influenced many generations of students. His role in the development of the successful Latin American Archaeology Program at the University of Pittsburgh is an example of the way in which he has been a positive force within archaeology during his entire career and has made a lasting contribution theoretically, empirically, methodologically and in other ways that directly affect the continued vitality of the discipline and of Latin American and Caribbean archaeology specifically. His long service to the SAA, together with a successful blend of administrative responsibilities and research commitments, continue to mark his professional trajectory.

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