Awards and Awardees

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

* awarded posthumously

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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
1998    Ronald L. Michael
2001    Norman F. Barka
2004    Roderick Sprague
2011    Vergil E. Noble
2013    Karlis Karklins
2014    James Ayres
2015    Patrick H. Garrow

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John L. Cotter Award in Historical Archaeology

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 and it goes to an individual at the start of their career in historical archaeology for a single achievement which is truly outstanding in its respective category. The Cotter Award consists of a certificate under glass framed in a shadow box. A brass medallion carrying an engraved image of John Cotter enhances the certificate.

Call For Nominations: John L. Cotter Award

Previous Awardees

2000    Paul R. Mullins
2001    Audrey Horning
2002    Elizabeth J. Kellar
2003    Timothy J. Scarlett
2004    Annalies Corbin
2006    Timothy E. Baumann
2007    Carol McDavid
2008    Shannon Lee Dawdy
2009    Christopher C. Fennell
2011    Cheryl Janifer LaRoche
2014    Deirdre A. Kelleher
2015    Sandra Analía Guillermo

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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 Merit Award 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 Representatives, Washington, D.C.
           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

* awarded posthumously

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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.

Call For Nominations: James Deetz Book Award

Previous James Deetz Book Award 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)
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)

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Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Prize

The 2015 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.

Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Prize

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 StudyPublication
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 EconomyPublication
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 ZanzibarPublication
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 Nurmi, Development of the Urban Mind – An Object Biographical Approach, The Case Study of the Town of TornioNorthern Finland

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SHA Quebec City Award / Bourse de Québec

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, a copy of your pre-registration 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, Archéologue principal, Hôtel de Ville, C.P. 700 Haute-Ville, Québec (Québec), Canada G1R 4S9. Telephone: 418.641.6411 X2149; Fax 418.641.6455; email:

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.

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 copie de votre inscription préliminaire au colloque annuel, 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, Archéologue principal, Hôtel de Ville, C.P. 700 Haute-Ville, Québec (Québec), Canada G1R 4S9. Téléphone: 418.641.6411, poste2149; Télécopie 418.641.6455; courriel:

Previous Awardees /Recipiendaries                                                                                                            

2003  Dany Hamel, Universite Laval
2005 Marie-Annick Prevost, Universite Laval
2006 Charles Dagneau, Universite de Montreal
2007 Etienne Taschereau, Universite Laval
2009 Catherine Losie, Universite Laval
2010 Anja Herzog, Universite Laval
2012 Nicolas Zorzin, Universite Laval
2013 Melanie Rousseau, Universite Laval
2015 Agnès Gelé, Université Laval

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Ed and Judy Jelks Student Travel Awards

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
            Angela Jaillet

2012    David Marcus (University of Florida Gainesville)
            Heather Walder (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
            Corey McQuinn (University at Albany-State University of New York)
            Adrian Myers (Stanford University)

2013    John Chenoweth (University of California, Berkeley)
            Jacqueline Marcotte (East Carolina University)
            Lindsay Block (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)

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Student Conference Paper Prize

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
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 “People in this town had a hard life. We had a hard life”: Creating and Re-Creating ‘Patchtown’ History in the Anthracite Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania​

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