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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 1997
  • A copy of the book must be sent to each committee member (six)

Deadline for nomination: December 1, 1999

Contact: W. A. Longacre, Chair, SAA Book Award Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0030, tel: (520) 621-2275, fax: (520) 621-2088, email: longacre@u.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: January 5, 2000

Contact: Nancy L. Benco, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, tel: (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: January 5, 2000

Contact: Bruce Bourque, Maine State Museum, State House, Mail Station 83, Library/Archives/Museum Bldg., Augusta, ME 04333, tel: (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 2000, the award will be presented for contributions in the area of administration. This category may include recognition of achievements by a CRM firm or individual in supporting the ability of archaeologists to conduct research with the goal of protection of sites and archaeological information and the dissemination of this information to the public. This support may include building an excellent CRM firm that guides clients through the regulatory process and fosters their understanding of it; or being instrumental in building networks among agencies, archaeologists, clients, and the public. The category is intended to recognize contributions to CRM that ultimately enable all archaeologists to better manage our archaeological resources.

Special requirements:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Any relevant supporting documents

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000

Contact: Deborah Cox, Pal Inc., 210 Lonsdale Ave. Pawtucket, RI 02860-3546, tel: (401) 728-8780, email: dccpal@aol.com.


Dissertation Award

Members (other than student members) of SAA may nominate a recent graduate whose dissertation they consider to be original, well written, and outstanding. A three-year membership in SAA is given to the recipient.

Special requirements:

  • 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.
  • Nomination letters should include a description of the special contributions of the dissertation and the nominee's current address.
  • Nominees must have defended their dissertations and received their Ph.D. degree within three years prior to September 1, 1999.
  • Nominees are informed at the time of nomination and are asked to submit a copy of the dissertation They must provide the committee with a copy of the dissertation by October 31, 1999.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of SAA.

Deadline for nomination: October 15, 1999

Contact: Dean Snow, SAA Dissertation Award Committee, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 409 Carpenter Bldg., University Park, PA 16802, tel: (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
  • Letter of nomination, outlining nominee's service accomplishments

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000

Contact: Peter Wells, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, 395 HHH Center, 301 19th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, tel: (612) 625-3400, fax: (612) 625-3095.


Fryxell Award for 2001

The Fryxell Award is 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. 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. The award cycles through zoological sciences, botanical sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, and general interdisciplinary studies. The 2001 Fryxell Award will be in the area of zoological sciences. The award will be given at the SAA's 66th Annual Meeting, April 18­22, 2001, in New Orleans. 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 the nature, scope, and significance of the nominee's contributions to American archaeology.
  • Send a curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • Supporting letters from other scholars are helpful.

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000

Contact: Richard Redding, Museum of Anthropology, 1109 Geddes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 email: rredding@umich.edu.


Dienje M. E. Kenyon Fellowship

An award of $500 is presented in memory of the late Dienje M. E. Kenyon to support the research of women archaeologists in the early stages of their graduate training. This year's inaugural award will be made to a student pursuing research in zooarchaeology, which was Kenyon's specialty. Applications should consist of a research proposal no more than three pages long, a budget indicating how the funds will be used, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of two potential referees familiar with the applicant's work. (Additional details on the award will appear in a future Bulletin.)

Special requirements:

  • The applicant must be a woman actively working toward a graduate degree in archaeology.
  • Description of proposed research focusing on zooarchaeology.

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000.

Contact: Donald K. Grayson, Department of Anthropology, Box 353100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3100, tel: (206) 543-5240, fax: (206) 543-3285, email: grayson@u.washington.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
  • Supporting letters from other scholars are helpful

Deadline for nomination: Preliminary inquiries/nomination ideas are encouraged by November 15, 1999. Final nomination is due by January 5, 2000.

Contact: George Odell, Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104, tel: (918) 631-3082, fax: (918) 631-2540, email: george-odell@utulsa.edu.


Fred Plog Fellowship

An award of $1,000 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 5, 2000

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


Poster Award

Two awards are given to the best presentations of archaeological research in poster sessions. One award acknowledges the best poster whose principal author is a student. The second award acknowledges the best poster by a nonstudent. A panel of approximately 20 archaeologists, with varied topical, geographic, and theoretical interests, serves as judges.

Deadline: Presented at the SAA Annual Meeting

Contact: George (Tom) Jones, Hamilton College, Department of Anthropology, Clinton, NY 13323, tel: (315) 859-4913, fax: (315) 859-4632, email: tjones@hamilton.edu.


Public Education Award

Presented for outstanding contributions by individuals or institutions in the sharing of archaeological knowledge with the public. In 2000, eligible candidates will be professional or avocational archaeologists who have contributed substantially to public education through writing, speaking, or otherwise presenting information about archaeology to the public or though facilitating institutions and other 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:

  • A letter identifying the nominee and explaining the contribution made to public education by that individual. The letter may also be accompanied by a vita and other supporting data.

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000

Contact: Elaine Davis, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Rd. K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, tel: (970) 565-8957 ext. 143, fax: (970) 565-4859, email: edavis@crowcanyon.org.


Public Service Award

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

Special requirements:

  • Any relevant supporting documents

Deadline for nomination: January 5, 2000

Contact: Brona Simon, Chair, SAA Government Affairs Committee, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, tel: (617) 727-8470, fax: (617) 727-5128, email: bsimon@sec.state.ma.us.


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 2000 award consists of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Special requirements:

  • The nominated article should have been published within the calendar year of 1999
  • 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, 2000

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


Student Paper Award

This newly-established award is designed to recognize the best student research paper presented at the Annual Meeting. All student members of SAA are eligible to participate. The papers will be evaluated anonymously by committee members on both the quality of the arguments and data presented and the paper's contribution to our understanding of a particular area or topic in archaeology. The award winner will receive a citation from the SAA president, a piece of official SAA merchandise, and a $100 gift certificate from AltaMira books.

Special requirements:

  • A student must be the primary author of the paper and be the presenter at the Annual Meeting
  • A copy of the conference paper must be submitted
  • The paper should be between 7­9 pages in length (not including a bibliography), double-spaced, using standard margins, and 12 pt font

Deadline for submission: January 5, 2000

Contact: Caryn Berg, Deptartment of Anthropology, Campus Box 233, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, email: bergcm@ucsub.colorado.edu.

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