Call for Applications - Carryl B. Martin Research Award

In 2016,  the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society  received a substantial bequest from the estate of Carryl B. Martin, an avocational archaeologist and long-time member of AAHS. Carryl’s wish was to specifically support research.

In her honor, AAHS established the Carryl B. Martin Research Award. A single award of $5,000 will be given to a high quality archaeological or archival research project that focuses on significant questions in the archaeology and/or history of the Southwest U.S. or Northwest Mexico. In the spirit of Carryl B. Martin, projects that allow opportunities for participation by avocationalists will receive special consideration. The first Carryl B. Martin Award attracted a very strong field of applicants and the AAHS Research Grant committee selected Aaron Wright of Archaeology Southwest for the The Bouse Well Project: A Reappraisal of Stratigraphy and Artifacts from an Unpublished, Mid-Twentieth-Century Excavation of a Patayan Walk-in Well in West-Central Arizona.

Applications for the 2nd award cycle will be accepted through our website from November 1-30, 2017.

All applications must be members of AAHS. Applications will be reviewed by the AAHS Research Committee, and the award confirmed by the Board of Directors. The successful awardee is expected to submit information about the research topic for use by AAHS in its publications and on-line media, as well as final report upon completion.

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Frank R. Orrell, Jr. Bequest Curriculum Development Award

For some time now your AAHS Board has been discussing effective ways to increase the diversity in the activities supported by the Society. To this end the board has recently voted to create a new program to aid in promoting understanding of the wide range of prehistory, history, or anthropology of the American Southwest. Called the Frank R. Orrell, Jr. Bequest Curriculum Development Award, this new program shall make available up to $5000 a year, from the income generated from the Frank R. Orrell, Jr. Bequest endowment fund, for new and exciting curriculum development. This program may make an award to any public elementary, middle, or high school located in the four-corner states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah). These funds may be used for materials, supplies, textbooks or other instructional materials, as well as for direct expenses for teacher continuing education related to archaeology, anthropology, or history of the Southwestern United States.

The board sub-committee worked very hard this year to think about what ways we can help continue our tradition of teaching and encouraging knowledge about the diverse culture and histories of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico. This program is intended to foster creativity in incorporating and teaching about this part of the world and the importance of it. We plan to advertise this program in the early fall and get the word out far and wide, including to school districts on tribal lands.

We suspect that this program will quickly become a very competitive one for awarding and we would like to hear from membership out there with a background in education who might like to be part of the evaluation committee in the early spring. This evaluation committee will be chaired by a member of the board and will have a minimum of three community members also participate. Board member Robin Rutherfoord has agreed to chair this committee and is actively researching ways to implement this program. If you would like to be involved please contact Robin.

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