Public Archaeology Achievements Recognized by Archaeology Concerns...

Archaeology Societies and organizations occasionally honor individuals for their public archaeology achievements. Information on these recipients and their accomplishments are discussed below.

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Society for Georgia Archaeology

   2010 George S. Lewis Archaeological Stewardship Award

Ellen Provenzano, Glynn County 4th grade teacher, received the award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the preservation of archaeological sites within Georgia. As Glynn County Schools Archaeology Education Coordinator, Ms. Provenzano has worked for 16 years in this stellar partnership between the school system and the National Park Service at Fort Frederica National Monument. In this role she has exposed 15,000 students to the concept of archaeological preservation, while teaching them a wide range of state-mandated subjects and higher order thinking skills. She has led 200 teachers through intensive week-long workshops. Ms. Provenzano has spent countless volunteer hours working with archaeology clubs, camps, booths, and even an archaeology bus. Throughout, she provides children, families, and individuals with accurate information that helps Georgians preserve our non-renewable archaeological sites. (text from the SGA press release)

SAFE - Saving Antiquities for Everyone

    2010 SAFE Beacon Awards

Robert E. Goldman, David Hall, James E. McAndrew, Robert K. Wittman receive the 2010 SAFE Beacon Awards for using their law enforcement and legal expertise to combat the illicit antiquities trade and to protect our cultural heritage.

Society for American Archaeology

     2010 Award for Excellence in Public Education, Curriculum for Non-archaeologists

Recipient: Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter

Fort Frederica National Monument Wins 2010 SEAC Public Outreach Grant for Community Archaeology Festival
The 2010 Southeastern Archaeological Conference Public Outreach Grant was awarded to Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island, Georgia, for their project “Digging History” at Fort Frederica: Community Archaeology Festival. Fort Frederica National Monument has already been serving over 1,000 4th-grade students in an award-winning archeology education program in partnership with the Glynn County School System and Board of Education. The SEAC Public Outreach Grant will help fund an expansion of this program into a community archaeology festival to be held in May to coincide with Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month. In addition to the one-day festival, the Fort will reach out to underserved audiences by welcoming local after-school programs on the afternoon preceding the festival. The Fort hopes to make this pilot project into an annual event.

The festival will enable park visitors to interact with the past by engaging in hands-on archaeology discovery stations to learn about colonial life. The festival will feature interactive archaeology games and activities, displays, an artifact identification booth, and presentations. The festival will also feature the Society for Georgia’s new Archaeobus. The Archaeobus is a restored bookmobile that travels around the state of Georgia to educate students and community groups about the science of archaeology. The SEAC grant will help pay for supplies and materials to construct the interactive archaeology games and activities, as well as to provide stipends for archaeologists and educators assisting with the event. After the event, the games and activities will be further used for other park programs and outreach projects.

For information on the Fort's archaeology education program, check the web site. For information on Georgia's Archaeobus, visit their web site.


 Kentucky Living Archaeology Weekend Wins 2008 SEAC Public Outreach Grant        
The 2008 Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) Public Outreach Grant was awarded to the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists (KyOPA) for their annual event Living Archaeology Weekend, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Kentucky. This two-day public outreach event offers school children and the general public a variety of educational activities in American Indian lifeways, archaeological interpretation, and site preservation. The event, which began in 1989, now serves 2,000-3,000 participants annually, with programs delivered by 15-18 demonstrators. Living Archaeology Weekend will be held September 20-21, 2008. The SEAC grant will help pay for developing pre-event and post-event materials for schools, as well as evaluation materials. For more information on Living Archaeology Weekend or the SEAC Public Outreach Grant, visit the web site at

Mary L. Kwas, Carol McDavid, and Patrice L. Jeppson received the SAA Presidential Recognition Award from President Kenneth M. Ames for their volunteer service coordinating the Archaeology for the Public web pages project.


Society for American Archaeology
    2007 Presidential Recognition Award of Merit

Recipient: Patrice L. Jeppson, Carol McDavid, and Mary L. Kwas of the SAA Public Education Web Pages Working Group



Society for Historical Archaeology
             2007 John L. Cotter Award in Historical Archaeology
Recipient: Carol McDavid

Arkansas Museums Association
       2007 Award for Exhibitions for Museums Wth an Annual
              Budget Exceeding $500,000

Exhibit: /Sam Dellinger: Raiders of the Lost Arkansas

Southeast Museums Conference
        2006 Award of Commendation
Recipient: Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas, an exhibit about Arkansas archaeology

 Arkansas Archeological Society
        2006 McGimsey Preservation Award
Recipient: Museum Director Bill Gatewood for Sam Dellinger and the Raiders of the Lost Arkansas
This exhibit honors Arkansas's first archeologist Sam Dellinger, the father of the University of Arkansas Museum. Dellinger gathered nearly 8,000 prehistoric artifacts in a quest to protect Arkansas's heritage from dispersal to out-of-state museums and private collectors. The collection is now recognized as one of the finest collections of prehistoric Native American artifacts in the United States. Objects from the University Museum, as well as from some of the out-of-state institutions that collected Arkansas artifacts, are shown for the first time in this exhibit which was guest-curated by Dr. Robert C. Mainfort Jr. of the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Learn about the exhibit at this fantastic web page.

Society for Georgia Archaeology
     2007 John R. Caldwell Award
Recipient: Rita Folse Elliott

The Caldwell Award for outstanding service to Georgia Archaeology, recognizes those individuals dedicating a noteworthy amount of time and energy toward supporting an archaeological project; making outstanding contributions in the area of public education and Georgia archeology; and providing substantial support for SGA and its programs over time. Ms. Elliott is the Curator of Exhibits and Archaeology at Savannah History Museum and Coastal Heritage Society, and has been active in SGA for almost two decades. More

Updated 10/26/10