Call for Nominations: The SHA James Deetz Book Award

The Society for Historical Archaeology James Deetz Award Committee is seeking nominations from members, authors, and publishers for the award.

The Deetz Award is named for James Deetz (1930-2000), whose books are classics for professional archaeologists as well as for nonspecialists. Deetz's accessible and entertaining style of writing gave his books influence beyond the discipline because they are read by a broad audience of non-specialists. The Deetz Award is intended to recognize books and monographs that are similarly well written and accessible to all potential readers.

Books and monographs bearing a date of publication from the previous three years of the conference date will be eligible for consideration for the award that will be presented at the Annual Meetings.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Historical or post-medieval archaeology must be the major focus of the work;
  • The work must be based upon archaeological evidence rather than strictly upon historical evidence;
  • The work may deal with European, colonial, or indigenous cultural groups in early modern and modern times but not solely with prehistory;
  • The work may be a monograph or an edited volume of essays on the same theme;
  • The work must be well written and accessible and have appeal both to crossover audiences and to the public (i.e., not aimed specifically at scholarly or specialist audiences).

Deadline: June 1.

Please send Letter of Nomination and 3 sample copies for distribution to the Committee, or direct questions, to:

Deetz Book Award
c/o Teresita Majewski, Chair
SHA Awards Committee
Statistical Research, Inc.
6099 East Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
PHONE: (520) 721-4309 (office)
FAX: (520) 298-7044

Previous Winners

2004    Thomas N. Layton, Gifts of the Celestial Kingdom: A Shipwrecked Cargo for Gold Rush California (Stanford University
Press, 2002)
2005    Laurie A. Wilkie, The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale (Routledge, 2003).
2006    Jane Perkins Claney, Rockingham Ware in American Culture, 1830-1930: Reading Historical Artifacts (University Press of New
England, 2004)
2007    Kent G. Lightfoot, Indians, Missionaries, and Merchants: The Legacy of Colonial Encounters on the California Frontiers (University of California Press, 2004)
2008    Mark P. Leone, The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital: Excavations in Annapolis (University of California Press, 2005)
2009    James Bruseth and Toni Turner, From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle (Texas A&M University Press, 2005)
2010    Shannon A. Novak, House of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (University of Utah
Press, 2008)

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