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Society for American Archaeology
Call for Nominations

Book Award

Presented in recognition of an outstanding book which is expected to have a major impact on the direction and character of archaeological research.

Special requirements:

  • Nominated books must have been published by 1995

  • A copy of the book must be sent to each committee member (three)

    Deadline for nomination: December 1, 1998

    Contact: W. A. Longacre, Chair, SAA Book Award Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0030, (520) 621-2585, fax (520) 621-2088, wlongacre@anthro.arizona.edu.


    Ceramic Studies Award

    Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to archaeology through the study of ceramics.

    Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vita

    Deadline for nomination: December 31, 1998

    Contact: Nancy L. Benco, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, (202) 994 6953, (202) 994-6953, fax (202) 994-6097, email benco@gwu.edu.


    Crabtree Award

    Presented to an outstanding avocational archaeologist in remembrance of the important contributions of Don Crabtree. Nominees should have made significant contributions to the field through excavation, research, publication, or preservation to advance our understanding of the past at the regional or national level.

    Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vitae

    Deadline for nomination: December 1, 1998

    Contact: Bruce Bourque, Maine State Museum, State House, Mail Station 83, Library/Archives/Museum Bldg., Augusta, ME 04333, (207) 287-3909, email bbourque@abacus.bates.edu.


    CRM Award

    Presented to an individual or a group of archaeologists for excellence in the Cultural Resource Management setting. In 1999, the award will be presented for contributions in the area of research. This category may include recognition of achievements in the course of a single project or the work of individual(s) focused on long-term study of a state/region. This category is intended to recognize innovative and substantive research that makes a lasting contribution to knowledge of the archaeological record.

    Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Any relevant supporting documents

    Deadline for nomination: December 1, 1998

    Contact: Wendy Harris, Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, (217) 244-5567, fax (217) 244-8371, email w-harris@uiuc.edu.


    Dissertation Award

    Presented to a recent graduate whose dissertation is considered to be original, well written, and outstanding. A three-year membership in SAA is given to the individual whose dissertation is judged as the most outstanding.

    Special requirements:

  • Nominees must have defended their dissertations and received their Ph.D. degree within three years prior to September 1, 1998. They must provide the committee with a copy of the dissertation by October 31, 1998.

  • Nominations must be made by nonstudent SAA members and must be in the form of a nomination letter that makes a case for the dissertation. Self-nominations cannot be accepted.

  • Nominees do not have to be SAA members

    Deadline for nomination: September 30, 1998

    Contact: Dean Snow, SAA Dissertation Award Committee, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 409 Carpenter Bldg., University Park, PA 16802, (814) 865-2509, fax (814) 863-1474, email drs17@psu.edu.


    Distinguished Service Award

    Presented to an SAA member who has performed truly extraordinary service of lasting value to the society and/or to the profession as a whole.

    Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vitae

    Deadline for nomination: November 15, 1998

    Contact: Peter Wells, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 215 Ford Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612) 625-3400, (612) 625-3400, fax (612) 625-3095, email wells001@maroon.tc.umn.edu.


    Fryxell Award-2000

    Presented in recognition for interdisciplinary excellence of a scientist who need not be an archaeologist, but whose research has contributed significantly to American archaeology. The award is made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Roald Fryxell, a geologist whose career exemplified the crucial role of multidisciplinary cooperation in archaeology. The award cycles through earth sciences, physical sciences, general interdisciplinary studies, zoological sciences, and botanical sciences. The 2000 award category will be for general interdisciplinary studies: researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the integration of interdisciplinary research in archaeology, although they themselves may not have done research in a specific interdisciplinary subfield. Nominees are evaluated on the breadth and depth of their research and its impact on American archaeology, the nominee's role in increasing awareness of interdisciplinary studies in archaeology, and the nominee's public and professional service to the community. This nomination is for the award to be given in 2000. The award consists of an engraved medal, a certificate, an award citation read by the SAA President during the annual business meeting, and a half-day symposium at the Annual Meeting held in honor of the awardee.

    Special requirements:

  • Describe of the nature, scope, and significance of the nominee's contributions to American archaeology

  • Curriculum vita

  • Supporting letters from other scholars are helpful

    Deadline for nomination: February 1, 1999

    Contact: William Marquardt, Florida Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 117800, Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, (352) 392-7188, fax (352) 392-3698, email bilmarq@flmnh.ufl.edu. For general questions about the 1999 award, contact Barbara Luedtke, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 02125-3393, (617) 287-6850, fax (617) 265-7173, email luedtke@umbsky.cc.umb.edu.


    Fred Plog Fellowship

    An award of $1000 is presented in memory of the late Fred Plog to support the research of an ABD who is writing a dissertation on the American Southwest. Applications should consist of a research proposal no more than three pages long and a budget indicating how the funds will be used.

    Special requirements:

  • ABD by the time the award is made

  • Description of the proposed research and the importance of its contributions to American archaeology

    Deadline for nomination: January 10, 1998

    Contact: Stephen Plog, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia, 303 Brooks Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903, (804) 924-7044, fax (804) 924-1350, email sep6n@virginia.edu.


    Lithic Studies Award

    Presented to recognize an archaeologist whose innovative research or repeated and enduring contributions to archaeology through lithic research have been significant.

    Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vita

    Deadline for nomination: Preliminary inquiries/nomination ideas are encouraged by November 15, 1998. Final nomination is due by December 12, 1998.

    Contact: Jeanne Arnold, Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510, (310) 206-5801, fax (310) 206-4723, email jearnold@ucla.edu.


    Public Education Award

    Presented for outstanding contributions by individuals or institutions in the sharing of archaeological knowledge with the public. In 1999, eligible candidates will be for-profit and nonprofit institutions (e.g., publishers, CRM firms, government agencies, avocational societies, museums, etc.) who have contributed to public education in archaeology through publications, workshops, hands-on activities, exhibits or other media, or through facilitating other institutions or individuals in their public education efforts. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their public impact, creativity in programming, leadership role, and promotion of archaeological ethics.

    Special requirements:

  • Supporting evidence of the nominees' contributions

    Deadline for nomination: December 1, 1998

    Contact: Amy Douglass, Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282,


    Public Service Award

    Presented to a non-archaeologist (individual or institution) for contributions in the protection and preservation of cultural resources.

    Special requirements:

  • Any relevant supporting documents

    Deadline for nomination: December 31, 1998

    Contact: Donald Craib, 900 Second St. NE #12, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 789-8200, email donald_craib@saa.org.


    Gene S. Stuart Award

    Presented to honor outstanding efforts to enhance public understanding of archaeology, in memory of Gene S. Stuart, a writer and managing editor of National Geographic Society books. The award is given to the most interesting and responsible, original story or series about any archaeological topic published in a newspaper with a circulation of at least 25,000 in the target area. The target area for the 1999 award consists of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

    Special requirements:

  • The nominated article should have been published within the calendar year of 1998

  • An author/newspaper may submit no more than five stories or five articles from a series

  • Six copies of each entry must be submitted by the author or an editor of the newspaper

    Deadline for nomination: January 15, 1999

    Contact: Alan Brew, Department of Anthropology, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601, (218) 755-3778, fax (218) 755-2822, email albrew@vax1.bemidji.msus.edu.

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