J. C. Harrington Award in Historical Archaeology

Established in 1981, the J. C. Harrington Award is named in honor of Jean Carl Harrington (1901-1998), one of the pioneer founders of historical archaeology in North America. The award, which consists of an inscribed medal, is presented for a life-time of contributions to the discipline centered on scholarship. No more than one Harrington Medal is presented each year. In January 1982, at The Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference in Philadelphia, a special silver version of the medal was presented to J. C. Harrington when the award was publicly announced. All other Harrington Medals are struck in antique bronze.

Previous Awardees

1983    Charles H. Fairbanks (Journal PDF)
1984    John L. Cotter (Journal PDF)
1985    Kenneth E. Kidd (Journal PDF)
1986    George I. Quimby (Journal PDF)
1987    Arthur Woodward * (Journal PDF)
             Stanley A. South (Journal PDF)
1988    Edward B. Jelks (Journal PDF)
1989    Bert Salwen * (Journal PDF)
            Carlyle Shreeve Smith(Journal PDF)
1991    Ivor Noël Hume (Journal PDF)
1993    Bernard L. Fontana (Journal PDF)
1995    Kathleen K. Gilmore (Journal PDF)
1997    James Deetz (Journal PDF)
1999    George F. Bass (Journal PDF)
2000    Roderick Sprague (Journal PDF)
2001    Roberta S. Greenwood (Journal PDF)
2002    Charles E. Cleland (Journal PDF)
2003    Merrick Posnansky (Journal PDF)
2004    Kathleen A. Deagan (Journal PDF)
2005    Marcel Moussette (Journal PDF)
2006    Donald L. Hardesty (Journal PDF)
2007    William Kelso (Journal PDF)
2008    James E. Ayres (Journal PDF)
2009    Robert L. Schuyler (Journal PDF)
2010    Judy Bense (Journal PDF)
2011    Pilar Luna Erreguerena (Journal PDF)
2012    George Miller (Journal PDF)
2013    Mary Beaudry (Journal PDF)
2014    Theresa A. Singleton (Journal PDF)
2015    Douglas D. Scott (Journal PDF)
2016    Mark P. Leone (Journal PDF)
2017    Leland Ferguson (Journal PDF)
2018    Julia A. King (Journal PDF)
2019    Charles E. Orser, Jr. (Journal PDF)
* awarded posthumously

Carol V. Ruppé Distinguished Service Award

Created in 1988 and publicly announced in January 1990, this award is named in honor of Carol V. Ruppé in recognition of her long service to the society in creating and running The Society for Historical Archaeology Book Room at the annual conference. The Ruppé Award is internal to the society and honors individuals who have a record of sustained and truly outstanding service to The Society for Historical Archaeology. The award consists of an inscribed brass plaque mounted on a walnut base.

Previous Awardees

1994   Stephanie Holschlag Rodeffer (Journal PDF)
1998   Ronald L. Michael (Journal PDF)
2001   Norman F. Barka (Journal PDF)
2004   Roderick Sprague (Journal PDF)
2011   Vergil E. Noble (Journal PDF)
2013   Karlis Karklins (Journal PDF)
2014   James E. Ayres (Journal PDF)
2015   Patrick H. Garrow (Journal PDF)
2016   William Moss (Journal PDF)
2017   Annalies Corbin (Journal PDF)
2018   Alasdair Brooks (Journal PDF)

John L. Cotter Award

Established in 1998, this award is named in honor of John Lambert Cotter (1911-1999), a pioneer educator and advocate for the discipline. No more than one award is presented each year for outstanding achievement by an individual at the start of his/her career in historical archaeology.  The awardee may either be in training as an undergraduate or graduate student or a professional beginning their career.  The Cotter Award consists of a certificate under glass framed in a shadow box. A brass plate carrying an engraved image of John Cotter enhances the certificate.  Call for Nominations 2020 John L. Cotter Award.

Previous Awardees

2000   Paul R. Mullins (Journal PDF)
2001   Audrey Horning (Journal PDF)
2002   Elizabeth J. Kellar (Journal PDF)
2003   Timothy J. Scarlett (Journal PDF)
2004   Annalies Corbin (Journal PDF)
2006   Timothy E. Baumann (Journal PDF)
2007   Carol McDavid (Journal PDF)
2008   Shannon Lee Dawdy (Journal PDF)
2009   Christopher C. Fennell (Journal PDF)
2011   Cheryl Janifer LaRoche (Journal PDF)
2012   James M. Davidson (Journal PDF)
2013   Sarah E.  Cowie (Journal PDF)
2014   Deirdre A. Kelleher (Journal PDF)
2015   Sandra Analía Guillermo (Journal PDF)
2016   Joseph M. Bagley (Journal PDF)
2017   Krysta Ryzewsk (Journal PDF)
2018   Lydia Wilson Marshal (Journal PDF)
2019   John M. Chenoweth (Journal PDF)

Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology

Established in 2011 and first presented in 2012, the Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology was created and endowed by the staff of John Milner Associates, Inc., to recognize and honor their colleague Daniel G. Roberts, one of the pioneers in public historical archaeology, particularly within a heritage management framework.  Public archaeology entails a commitment to broad dissemination of the lessons learned from archaeology and the importance of preserving the archaeological record.  The award recognizes outstanding, sustained accomplishments in public historical archaeology by individuals, educational institutions, for-profit or non-profit firms or organizations, museums, government agencies, and private sponsors.

Deadline for Nominations: November 1, 2019

Nominations consist of an essay (up to 1,500 words) detailing the nominee’s sustained commitment to broad dissemination of the lessons learned from historical archaeology, lessons that include the importance of preserving the archaeological record. At least two examples illustrating the nominee’s accomplishments (generally at a program level) must be provided in the essay and should be accompanied by captioned photographs and links to websites, news stories, blogs, publications, and other relevant information. The journal PDFs for previous awardees (see below) provide examples of successful nominations. No letters of support are required.

Contact details, including email addresses and a current telephone numbers, must be provided for the nominator and the nominee (if an organization is being nominated, provide information for a contact person). Essays should be submitted via e-mail to Paul Mullins, Chair, SHA Awards Committee, at paulmull@iupui.edu.

Previous Awardees

2012       City of Alexandria and Alexandria Archaeology (Journal PDF)
2013       The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (Journal PDF)
2014       Archéo-Québec (Journal PDF)
2015       Florida Public Archaeology Network (Journal PDF)
2016       Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (Journal PDF)
2017       The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Community Historical   Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program (Journal PDF)
2018       Tristán de Luna y Arellano Project (Journal PDF)
2019       USDA Forest Service Passport in Time Program (Journal PDF)

SHA Award of Merit

Established in 1988 this award recognizes specific achievements of individuals and organizations that have furthered the cause of historical archaeology. Although the award is given for scholarly as well as other contributions, the honorees need not be professional archaeologists nor members of The Society for Historical Archaeology. A full and varied range of contributions to the field are considered. The Award of Merit is an inscribed certificate under glass, suitably framed, and normally a number of awards are given each year.

Previous Awardees

1992     Kathleen A. Deagan
1993     Kevin Crisman
             Kansas City Landmarks Commission
             Missouri Archaeological Society
1994     Parks Canada
             Department of Canadian Heritage
             William J. Byrne
             Province of Alberta
             Marietta C. Schumacher
             Paul J. F. Schumacher
1995     National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
             William Donald Schaefer, Governor of Maryland
             Thomas M. Mayes, National Trust for Historic Preservation
             Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc.
             Archaeological Society of Virginia
1996     John Wallace Griffin*
             Florence C. Lister & Robert H. Lister
             Arnold R. Pilling*
             C. Malcolm Watkins
             Ohio Valley Urban and Historical Archaeology Symposium
1997     Pilar Luna Erreguerena, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico
             Texas Archaeological Society
             Texas Historical Commission
1998     U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler, State of Georgia
             Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC)
1999     Virginia S. Harrington
             Friends of Fort Bridger
             Fort Bridger, Wyoming
             Passport in Time Program
             USDA Forest Service
2000    Robert Grenier
            Marcel Moussette
            Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec
            Parcs Canada
            Ville de Québec
            Université Laval
2001     William & Edith Wallace
             Martha Williams
2002     Judith A. Bense
             Toni L. Carrell
             Anita G. Cohen-Williams, HISTARCH Listserve
2003     Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
             Massachusetts Historical Commission
             The Honorable Leonard L. Boswell, U.S. House of Representative
             Paul Huey and Lois Feister
             New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
             Martin Klein
             Society for Historical Archaeology’s Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology
2004     Margaret Kimball Brown
             Gordon De Angleo
             Michael “Sonny” Trimble
2005     The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
             English Heritage
             The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
             Dr. David Gaimster, FSA
             Dr. Marilyn Palmer, FSA
2006     The California Department of Transportation
             Cypress Freeway Archaeology Project
             Julia Bendimez Patterson
             The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, San Jose, California
2007     The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS)
             Fraser D. Neiman and Jillian Galle, Co-Directors
             Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Threatened Sites Program
             David K. Hazzard, Director
             Ceramics in America,
Robert Hunter, Editor
2008    The Submerged Resources Center of the U.S. National Park Service
Larry E. Murphy, Chief
             The City of Tucson, Arizona for the Rio Nuevo Archaeology Project
             Marty McCune, City of Tucson, Department of Urban Planning and Design & William H. Doelle, President, Desert Archaeology, Inc.
2009     Olive Jones
             The City of Toronto, Planning Division, for its Archaeological Management Plan
             Gary Wright, Chief Planner and Executive Director
             Spectral Fusion Designs, University of Montana
2010     George R. Fischer
             Mala Compra Plantation Archaeological Site
             Nautical Archaeological Society 
2011      Nellie Longsworth
              John L. Nau III
2012     The Archaeology Program of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County
             Historic St. Mary’s City
2013     David Barker
             Paul Courtney
             Geoff Egan*
             The Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Ulster
2014     Societe du patrimoine urbain de Quebec
2015     Priscilla Wegars
             The Idaho Transportation Department
             Sandpoint Archaeological Project
2016     J. Rodney Little
             Ruth Trocolli
             Toni Carrell, Dolores Elkin, Margaret Leshikar-Denton, and Pilar Luna   Erreguerena
2017     Texas Archeological Society
              Texas General Land Office
              City of San Antonio’s Historic Preservation Program
2018    Environmental and Historic Preservation Team, Louisiana Recovery Office, FEMA Region VI
              Louisiana Division of Archaeology
              The Historic New Orleans Collection
2019    Greater Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
              Terrance J. Martin
              Joseph Harl

James Deetz Book Award

The Deetz Award is named for James Deetz (1930-2000), whose books are classics for professional archaeologists as well as for non-specialists. 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.

SHA James Deetz Award Submission Guidelines for 2020 Award

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)
2011    James P. Delgado, Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada (University of California Press, 2008)
2012    Laurie A. Wilkie, The Lost Boys of Zeta Psi: A Historical Archaeology of Masculinity at a University Fraternity (University of California Press, 2010)
2013    Kelly J. Dixon, Julie M. Schablitsky, and Shannon A. Novak (editors), An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011)
2014    Leland Ferguson, God’s Fields: Landscape, Religion, and Race in Moravian Wachovia (University Press of Florida, 2014)
2015    Meta F. Janowitz and Diane Dallal (editors)Tales of Gotham, Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City (Springer, 2013)
2016    Elizabeth Terese Newman, Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2014)
2017    Robin M. Lillie and Jenifer E. Mack, Dubuque’s Forgotten Cemetery: Excavating a Nineteenth-Century Burial Ground in a Twenty-First-Century City (University of Iowa Press, 2015)
2018     Martha A. Zierden and Elizabeth J. Reitz, Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community (University Press of Florida, 2016)
2019     Rachael Kiddey, Homeless Heritage: Collaborative Social Archaeology as Therapeutic Practice (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award

The 2020 Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Prize will be awarded to a recent graduate whose dissertation is considered by the SHA Dissertation Prize Subcommittee to be an outstanding contribution to historical archaeology.

2020 Gilmore Award Submission Details

Previous Dissertation Prize Winners

2001    Michelle M. Terrell, An Historical Archaeology of the 17th- and 18th- Century Jewish Community of Nevis, British West Indies, published by SHA-UPF in 2005 as The Jewish Community of Early Colonial Nevis: A Historical Archaeological Study Publication
2002    No prize was awarded
2003    Kurt Jordan, The Archaeology of Iroquois Restoration: Settlement, Housing, and Economy at a Dispersed Seneca Community, ca. A.D. 1715-1754, published by SHA-UPF in 2008 as The Seneca Restoration, 1715-1754: An Iroquois Local Political Economy Publication
2004    Nathan Richards, Deep Structures: An Examination of Deliberate Watercraft Abandonment in Australia, published by SHA-UPF in 2008 as Ships’ Graveyards: Abandoned Watercraft and the Archaeological Formation ProcessPublication
2005    J. Cameron Monroe, Building Dahomey: Landscape, Architecture and Political Order in Atlantic West Africa
2006    Elizabeth Kellar, Construction and Expression of Identity: An Archaeological Investigation of the Laborer Villages at Adrian Estate, St.John, USVI
2007    Elizabeth Jordan, “From Time Immemorial”: Washerwomen, Culture, and Community in Capetown, South Africa
2008    Sarah Croucher, Plantations on Zanzibar: An Archaeological Approach to Complex Identities, forthcoming from Springer in 2011 as Capitalism and Cloves: An Archaeology of Plantation Life in Nineteenth Century Zanzibar Publication
2009    Neil L. Norman, An Archaeology of West African Atlanticization: Regional Analysis of the Huedan Palace Districts and Countryside, Benin, 1650-1727
2010    Meredith Linn, From Typhus to Tuberculosis and Fractures in Between: A Visceral Historical Archaeology of Irish Immigrant Life in New York City 1845-1870
2011    Gérard Chouin, Forests of Power and Memory: An Archaeology of Sacred Groves in the Eguafo Polity, Southern Ghana (c. 500-1900 A.D.) 
2012    Liza Gijanto, Change and the Era of the Atlantic Trade: Commerce and Interaction in the Niumi Commercial Center (The Gambia).
2013    Rebecca Sara Graff, The Vanishing City: Time, Tourism, and the Archaeology of Event at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
2014    Felipe Gaitán Ammann, An Archaeology of the Slave Trade in Late-Seventeenth Century Panama (1663-1674)
2015    Risto NurmiDevelopment of the Urban Mind – An Object Biographical Approach, The Case Study of the Town of Tornio, Northern Finland
2016    C. Riley Augé, Silent Sentinels: Archaeology, Magic, and the Gendered Control of Domestic Boundaries in New England, 1620-1725
2017    Jason Thomas Raupp, “And So Ends this Day’s Work”: Industrial Perspectives on Early Nineteenth-century American Whaleships Wrecked in the Northeastern Hawaiian Islands
2018     Heather Walder, “…A Thousand Beads to Each Nation:” Exchange, Interactions, and Technological Practices in the Upper Great Lakes c. 1630-1730
Paul LogueA Reinterpretation of the Archaeology of the Nine Years’ War in Ulster from a Cultural Perspective

SHA Quebec City Award / Bourse de Québec

Québec City Award / Bourse de Québec

SHA Quebec City Award / Bourse de Québec de la Society for Historical Archaeology
SHA 2020, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8 to 11, 2020 (https://sha.org/conferences/)

Quebec City Award

The Quebec City Award is granted to assist French-speaking students to attend the annual meeting and to promote their participation in Society activities. The cash prize is for the amount of interest accrued annually on the initial endowment, and not to exceed $750.

To be considered for the prize, candidates must be a standing member of the SHA, be registered in a French-language university and preparing a thesis or a dissertation in French and they must present a substantive or theoretical paper at the annual meeting.

To apply, submit a letter including a confidential letter of reference from your research director, proof of your abstract submission at the annual meeting, a 500-word abstract of the proposed paper and a copy of your resume to the Quebec City Award Secretary by June 30. Further information is available from the Quebec City Award Secretary at the following address: William Moss, william.mossqc@gmail.com. Please visit the Society for Historical Archaeology web site for full information:https://sha.org/about-us/awards-and-prizes/.


Bourse de Québec

La Bourse de Québec est accordée afin de promouvoir la participation d’étudiants de langue française au colloque annuel et aux activités de la Society for Historical Archaeology. La bourse correspond au montant des intérêts accumulés sur le capital initial dans le courant de l’année, le tout n’excédant pas $750.

La date limite pour la mise en candidature pour la Bourse de Québec de la Society for Historical Archaeology est fixée au 30 juin prochain. Vous pouvez obtenir plus de renseignements sur la page web de la SHA : https://sha.org/about-us/awards-and-prizes/

Cette bourse internationale offerte par la SHA depuis 2002 permet aux étudiants de langue française de participer au colloque annuel de la Society for Historical Archaeology et de l’Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology. Pour être éligible, le candidat doit être membre en règle de la SHA, être inscrit dans une université francophone et y préparer une thèse ou un mémoire en français. Enfin, il doit présenter, dans le cadre du colloque annuel de la SHA, une communication substantielle ou théorique.

Pour poser votre candidature, faites parvenir une lettre au secrétaire du comité de la Bourse de Québec. Cette lettre doit être accompagnée des documents suivants : une lettre de recommandation confidentielle de votre directeur de recherche, une preuve d’inscription à l’université, une preuve de la soumission du résumé de la communication, un résumé de votre communication (maximum de 500 mots) et une copie de votre curriculum vitae. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez contacter le secrétaire du comité de la Bourse de Québec à l’adresse suivante : William Moss, william.mossqc@gmail.com.

Previous Awardees / Recipiendaries

2003   Dany Hamel, Université Laval
2005   Marie-Annick Prevost, Université Laval
2006   Charles Dagneau, Université de Montréal
2007   Etienne Taschereau, Université Laval
2009   Catherine Losie, Université Laval
2010   Anja Herzog, Université Laval
2012   Nicolas Zorzin, Université Laval
2013   Melanie Rousseau, Université Laval  
2015  Agnes Gele, Université Laval
2016  Marijo Gauthier-Berube, Université de Montréal
2018  Francisco Rivera,Université de Montréal

Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Awards

2020 Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Award
Call for submissions

The Society for Historical Archaeology invites students to submit applications for the Jelks Student Travel Awards. Two $500 awards to defray travel costs will be presented to students who are presenting a paper or poster or participating in a symposium at the SHA 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Boston, Massachusetts, January 8‒11, 2020.  Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students, and they must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, be a member of SHA at the time of submission, and be presenting at the 2020 conference. All applicants must register for the 2020 annual meeting by November 1, 2019, to be considered for an award. In addition to increasing student involvement at the meetings, the goals of this travel award are to encourage students to conduct research and communicate the results early in their careers.

To apply, send (1) your curriculum vitae (your advisor’s name should be indicated on the first page, and your contact information must be provided); (2) a letter of interest (2 pages, single spaced); and (3) the title and abstract for your paper or poster as you originally submitted it. All files should be sent as PDFs.

In your letter, please address the following:

  • Summarize your educational background, progress towards the degree, and research interests;
  • State how your participation in the SHA conference will advance your career and research;
  • Explain how your paper or poster will potentially benefit those who attend your session.

Please note: individuals can apply for both the Tubman and Jelks awards, but may only receive one award in the same year.

Deadline for submissions: October 18, 2019. Submit your application materials and any questions you have about the competition to Dr. Barbara Heath at bheath2@utk.edu. The recipients will be notified prior to the conference, and the awards will be announced and presented at the annual business meeting at the 2020 SHA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Previous Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Award Winners

2005   Shannon Dunn (Syracuse University
            Lynda Carroll

2006   Edward W. Tennant (University of Florida)
            Teagan A. Schweitzer (University of Pennsylvania
2007   Amanda M. Evans (U of Maryland, College Park)
            Bryn Williams (Stanford University)

2008   Jun Sunseri (UC Santa Cruz)
            Jodi Barnes (American University)

2009   John Chenoweth (University of California, Berkeley)
            Jacqueline Marcotte (East Carolina University)

2011    Rebecca Graff (University of Chicago)
            Angela Jaillet

2012    Corey McQuinn (University at Albany-State University of New York)
            Adrian Myers (Stanford University)

2013    Lindsay Bloch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
            Elizabeth K. Spott (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

2014    David Marcus (University of Florida Gainesville)
            Heather Walder (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

2015    Sarah Platt (Syracuse University)
            Aleisha Rose Buckler (The University of Queensland)
2016   Paulina Franciska Przystupa (University of New Mexico)
            Rachel Tracey (Queen’s University Belfast)
2017    Leo A. Demski (University of Nevada, Reno)
            Koji Ozawa (Stanford University)
2018   Ricardo Borrero Londoño (Texas A&M University)
            Maria Ktori (University of Cyprus)
2019   Kimberley Connor (Stanford University)
            Kyla Cools (University of Maryland)

The Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize

The Academic and Professional Training Committee is pleased to announce that the Society of Historical Archaeology Student Paper Prize is now named after our late colleague Jamie Chad Brandon and is called: The Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize.

Jamie received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Memphis in 1995, his MA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 1999, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. He served as the Research Station Archaeologist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia from 2006 to 2014. From 2014 until his death, Jamie was an Associated Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and the UAF Research Station Archaeologist. Jamie’s research interests focused on the archaeology of the Ozarks and greater southeastern United States, specifically the material culture and identity, race construction, representation and power relations in the American South.

Jamie was a long-time member of SHA. From 2010-2018, he served as an Associate Editor for Historical Archaeology and as a member of the Journal and Co-Publications Editorial Advisory Committee. From 2006-2018 he served on the Academic and Professional Training Committee as the Continuing Education Coordinator (2006-2011); the APTC Committee Chair (2010-2014); a Student Paper Prize Subcommittee judge (2006-2018); and the Student Paper Prize Chair (2008-2014).

For a full listing of Jamie’s extensive teaching, research, outreach, and service, please see his personal website: https://fartheralong.wordpress.com/

The Jamie Chad Brandon Student Paper Prize will be awarded at the 53rd Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, to be held January 8‒11, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. The prize will be awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and of potential relevance to a considerable segment of the archaeological community. One prize will be awarded. The winning author(s) will receive a book prize consisting of titles donated by the many presses and organizations exhibiting in the SHA Conference Book Room and a letter of recognition from the SHA President. The winning author(s) will be encouraged to submit the paper to be reviewed for possible publication in Historical Archaeology. The results of the competition will be communicated to the entrants prior to the meeting, and the winner will be announced at the annual business meeting.


  1. Entrants must be student members of the SHA prior to submission of papers and be registered for the 2020 annual meeting by November 1, 2019.
  2. The paper must be prepared according to current Historical Archaeology guidelines (see the SHA website for these details) and be submitted by November 30, 2019. Submissions must be made electronically (MS Word or PDF) to Alicia Caporaso, chair of the Student Paper Prize Subcommittee at JCBStudentPaperPrize@gmail.com. If entrants have a problem with an electronic submission, please contact Alicia Caporaso at the email address above
  3. The paper must be presented by one of the student authors at the annual meeting.
  4. There may be a maximum of three authors on the paper. All of the authors must be students and members of SHA at the time of submission. In the event of a winning co‐authored paper, the authors will split the available book prizes.
  5. Papers are to be limited to no more than 10 pages of double-spaced text using standard fonts and margins. The intent is that the length of the paper submitted must be in line with what can reasonably be presented in 15 minutes. Papers that are deemed by the committee to be impossible to deliver in a standard 15-minute format will be eliminated from the competition. Poster submissions are not eligible.

Any additional questions may be addressed to Alicia Caporaso via email (JCBStudentPaperPrize@gmail.com).

Previous Winners

2004    Katherine Hull, University of Toronto
2005    Karen Wehner, New York University
2006    John Roby, Georgia State University
2007    Douglas E. Ross, Simon Fraser University
2008    John Chenoweth, University of California, Berkeley
2009    James L. Flexner, University of California, Berkeley
2010    Adrian Myers, Stanford University
2011     Linda Ziegenbein, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2012    Matthew Beaudoin, University of Western Ontario
2013    Ashley Morton, University of Idaho
2014    Heather Walder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2015    V. Camille Westmont, University of Maryland
2016    Leslie A. Crippen, University of Maryland
2017    Tracy H. Jenkins, University of Maryland
2018    Zada Komara, University of Kentucky
2019    Lindsey Cochran, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Harriet Tubman Student Travel Awards

2020 Harriet Tubman Student Travel Awards Announcement

The Society for Historical Archaeology’s Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) is sponsoring two travel awards to students who are presenting a paper or poster at the 2020 annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Each award provides $500 to defray travel costs. Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students, and they must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, be a member of SHA at the time of application, and be presenting a paper or poster at the conference. All applicants must be registered for the 2020 annual meeting by November 1, 2019, to be considered for an award. The goals of this travel award are to increase diversity and to encourage student involvement at the meetings. Diversity is inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic background. Applications are encouraged from diverse populations.

To apply, send (1) your curriculum vitae (your advisor’s name should be indicated on the first page, and your contact information must be provided); (2) a letter of interest (2 pages, single spaced); and (3) the title and abstract for your paper or poster as you originally submitted it. All files should be sent as PDFs.

In your letter, please address the following:

  • Explain how you will increase diversity in historical archaeology, and why increasing diversity within the discipline and SHA is important.
  • State how your participation in the SHA conference will advance your career and research.
  • Explain how your paper or poster will potentially benefit those who attend your session.      

Following the conference, recipients are required to submit a one-page report to the GMAC Chair on their conference experience and their thoughts on diversifying archaeology that will be posted to the SHA Blog.

Please note: individuals can apply for both the Tubman and Jelks awards, but may only receive one award in the same year.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2019. Submit your application materials to Lisa Matthies-Barnes at lmbsha2020@gmail.com. The recipients will be notified prior to the conference, and the recipients of the awards will be announced and presented at the 2020 SHA Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Previous Winners

2013       Elena Sesma, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
                Honora Sullivan-Chin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2014       Justin Dunnavant, University of Florida, Gainesville
                Russell Palmer, University of Ghent, Belgium
2015       Jamie M. Arjona, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
                Mario Alberto Castillo, University of California, Berkeley
2016       Mary Elizabeth Ibarrola, University of Florida
                Alicia Odewale, University of Tulsa
2017       Khadene Kharla-Ann Harris, Northwestern University
                Grace Tsai, Texas A&M University
2018       Tiffany Cain, University of Pennsylvania
                Koji Ozawa, Stanford University
2019       Oluseyi Odunyemi Agbelusi, Syracuse University
                V. Camille Westmont, University of Maryland

Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award

Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award

The Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award honors those individual researchers or research project teams that exhibit outstanding best practices in community collaboration, engagement, and outreach in their historical archaeology and heritage preservation work.

Mack awardees demonstrate a commitment to the representation of and open dialogue with stakeholders in archaeological research, especially descendent, local, and minority communities. The award commemorates the life and career of Mark E. Mack and encourages diversity in the SHA and our profession by cultivating relationships between archaeologists and stakeholder communities. Mack was well known for his work on the New York African Burial Ground project. He was a professor of anthropology at Howard University and curator of the university’s W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory. Throughout his career, he exemplified many of the qualities we value as best practices in community, stakeholder collaboration.

How best to cultivate relationships between archaeologists and stakeholder communities has long been a point of discussion. While historical archaeologists often strive to work with one local community, others are faced with the more difficult task of collaborating with multiple stakeholders (i.e., local communities, local descendant communities, and nonlocal descendant communities, just to name a few). These relationships and the degree of collaboration relate directly to ethical concerns that are often not readily discussed or taught in many academic programs. Best practices suggest that stakeholder communities should be involved in nearly every phase of a project from planning to implementation. We seek to recognize projects that embrace the challenges of facilitating collaboration and long-term relationships with stakeholder communities

The award winners are selected by a panel of SHA Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) members. The submission guidelines are outlined below, and the deadline for submission is November 1, 2019. All entries and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Christopher Fennell and submitted electronically to cfennell@illinois.edu. Awardees will be announced at the 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology held in Boston, Massachusetts, January 8‒11, 2020. First, second, and third place winners will be recognized by certificates and will be acknowledged on the SHA website as well as on the GMAC webpage

Eligibility for this award:

  • The nominee(s) must be a current SHA member at the time the application is submitted.
  • The nominee(s) may be an individual, principal investigator, or a project team engaged in an historical archaeology or heritage preservation project (if a project team, only one team member needs to be an SHA member).
  • Nominations may be made by SHA members or by nonmembers, by self-nomination, or by fellow archaeologists, community members, or fellow researchers or collaborators.
  • Successful applicants should exhibit outstanding commitment to community outreach, collaboration, or engagement.
  • Projects may include both academic as well as cultural resource management projects.

Submission requirements:

  • Submit a complete application form (below), including a brief essay (1,000 words maximum), which has two parts.
  • Part 1 with a brief description (approximately 500 words) that details how the nominee or project team exhibits a commitment to community outreach, collaboration, and/or engagement beyond the required scope of involvement.
  • Part 2 with an overview (approximately 500 words) of the archaeological project, the research objectives or main questions under investigation, and a description of how your work encourages diversity in historical archaeology
  • Provide at least one picture that illustrates your involvement with the community(ies) and stakeholders and corresponding captions for the GMAC webpage or the SHA blog. The applicant is responsible for securing the proper permissions from each person identified in digital submissions.

Applicant Name:
Phone Number:
Media Materials (e.g., title[s] of photos, pamphlets, blog entries):
Photo Caption(s): (include a brief description with the location and names of those pictured; see above for required permissions)

Previous Winners

2016      Jun Sunseri, University of California, Berkeley (1st place)
              Rachael Kiddey, University of York (2nd place)
              Ruth Trocolli, Mia Carey, Charde Reid and Charles LeeDecker, D.C. Historic Preservation Office &
              University of Florida (3rd place)
2017      ArcheoBlitz Team, National Park Service (1st place)
              Youth Diving with a Purpose, Diving with a Purpose and National Park Service (2nd place)
              AKRF, Inc., New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force
              (3rd place)
2018     Marc Lorenc and the Dr. James Still Community Archaeology Project (1st place)
              Jennifer McKinnon (2nd place)
              Allison Manfra McGovern (3rd place)
2019    Collaborative Archaeology at Stewart Indian School (1st place)
             Anthracite Heritage Project (2nd place)

GMAC Diversity Field School Competition

GMAC Diversity Field School Competition

The SHA Gender and Minority Affairs Committee (GMAC) of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) invites all SHA members and conference attendees to submit a nomination for the prestigious Diversity Field School Award competition.

As the field of historical archaeology continues to expand, it is becoming increasingly important to develop archaeological practices that foster diversity in research objectives, perspectives, and participation. GMAC recognizes that diversity is multi-dimensional and thus “inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socio-economic background.” In an effort to recognize those who have shown a commitment to diversity in historical archaeology, the Diversity Field School Award recognizes field schools that demonstrate diversity in the broadest sense of the term.

The submission requirements are outlined below, and the deadline for submission is November 1, 2019. All entries and inquiries should be submitted electronically to GMAC Chair: Lewis Jones lecjones80@sbcglobal.net.

Awardees will be selected by a panel of GMAC members, announced at the 53rd Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, January 8-11, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts, and presented with a certificate.  First, second, and third place winners will be chosen. First place winners will be featured on the GMAC webpage of the SHA website, and there will be an opportunity to post visual materials such as photo(s) or a link to a short video (your video must be hosted on a different platform such as YouTube or Vimeo), a description of the field school, and any registration materials.

In addition, publishers that exhibit books at the SHA/ACUA annual conference provide a selection of books to help recognize the winner of the competition.


The entrant must be a current SHA member and 2020 conference participant who is registered for the conference at the time the application is submitted.  The field school must have been conducted within the period between January 2018 and January 2020.

Submission requirements:

A complete application package that includes: (1) the complete contact information for the applicants (i.e., name, email address, affiliation, address, and phone number, (2) an essay (500 words) that details how the field school contributes to diversity in the scholarship or tangible products of historical archaeology, (3) verification that the applicant (e.g., principal investigators, directors, managers, students, or any other who has recently run a field school) is a member of SHA and registered for the 2020  conference, and (4) three pictures, a link to a short video clip, digital poster, and/or any other information or visual media that may be used by the SHA and GMAC to promote the competition.

The essay should include a brief summary of the field school, the research objectives or main questions, and the scope of the field school (i.e., the size of the field school, the duration of the field school, and a typical schedule). It should clearly demonstrate how the field school participants and the research objectives represent diversity.

Please submit one to three high-resolution (as defined by the SHA style guide) digital photos and/or visual media (such as one short 3-minute clip). Each submission should include a title and any necessary captions and should represent field school diversity according to the definition of diversity noted above. The applicant is also responsible for securing the proper permissions from each person identified in digital submissions. Please submit no more than three photos and/or a link to one video.

The image should be in its original form and not digitally altered. By submitting a photo, you give the SHA permission to reproduce any entry for promotional purposes only. No reproduction fee will be paid. All permissions must be submitted along with the application (see paragraph above).

Submissions will be judged based on:

The composition and quality of the media materials (e.g., visual materials, pamphlets, and/or any content submitted for the SHA website or GMAC webpage), and how well they represent the diversity of the field school or the potential of the field school to increase diversity.

The commitment to diversity as expressed through the narrative essay. The potential of the field school to inspire others to develop similar programs or to otherwise increase diversity in historical archaeology.

ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award

2020 ACUA George Fischer International Student Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2020 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000.00 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2020 SHA Conference in Boston, MA, USA, and will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this Conference. Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the Call for Papers. Please refer to https://sha.org/conferences/ for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines.

To be eligible for consideration, students applying for this award must currently be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in a graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only). International students are considered to be those students residing or studying in a country other than the country where the conference is being held.

To apply for this award you must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Short covering letter
  3. A copy of your conference abstract, along with confirmation of submission

Submissions will be judged on academic merit and relevance to the field of underwater and maritime archaeology.

All Award application materials must be sent to the ACUA at info@acuaonline.org by October 1, 2019.

Institute for Field Research Undergraduate Travel Award

The Institute for Field Research is offering two $500 awards to undergraduate students to attend the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual conference. Students are not required to present a paper or poster, but they should be members of the SHA and register for the conference by the time of the conference. The winners will participate in a dinner with members of the Institute for Field Research board.

To be considered, students should submit a brief statement of a page or less that outlines their interest in historical archaeology and indicates, why they would like to attend the conference, and what they see as the value of participation in the conference. The statements will be evaluated by an SHA Undergraduate Conference Travel Award panel constituted by the President.

Applications are due to Mark Warner (mwarner@uidaho.edu) by October 28, 2019.​