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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.

Award Cycle: Not applicable.

Committee Chair and End of Term: Adolfo Gil [2014]

Committee Chair Contact Information: Adolfo Gil, Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael. Parque Mariano Moreno, CP (5600) San Rafael (Mza.), Argentina, tel: 54-260-154632558, e-mail: agil@mendoza-conicet.gob.ar or adolfogil@arqueologiamendoza.org

Committee Members and Ends of Terms: Astolfo Araujo [2015], Nick Carretta [2014], Patricia Fournier [2014], Terry Powis [2015], Jorge Provenzall [2015], Dan Sandweiss [2014], John Staller [2015], Jason Toohey [2015]

Board Liaison: Suzanne K. Fish

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, 2014

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 29, 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 SAA President, SAA Board of Directors, the Executive Director and the Awards Committee Chair by January 31.

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    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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