2nd Annual Research Slam

In a fiery, high-speed competition, archaeologists, historians, and poets summarize their projects, interests, or frustrations as a “Three Minute Thesis.” The Research Slam will take place at the annual AAHS Holiday Party and Potluck on December 14. Ten participants are being sought. Attendees will vote for their favorite slammer by cash donations to the Research […]

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Cummings and Stoner 2015 Awardees Announced

Each year for the past 28 years, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society has recognized contributions to southwestern archaeology with two awards. The Byron Cummings Award, named in honor of Dean Cummings, founder of AAHS, first head of the University of Arizona’s Department of Archaeology, and first Director of the Arizona State Museum, is given for outstanding contributions to knowledge in anthropology, history, or a related field of study pertaining to the southwestern United States or northwestern Mexico. The Victor R. Stoner Award, named in honor of Reverend Stoner, a strong avocational historian, supporter of the Society, and one of the founders of Kiva, is given for outstanding contributions in leadership or participation in the Society, fostering historic preservation, or bringing anthropology, history, or a related discipline to the public.

Byron Cummings Awards for 2015

Jim Ayres (deceased): Historical archaeologist, former Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer

Alan Ferg: Arizona State Museum registrar and archivist, expert in Mormon archaeology and all things Apache

Victor R. Stoner Awards for 2015

Ann Howard: Deputy Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer for Archaeology, Arizona Archaeology Month coordinator

John Ware: former director of Laboratory of Anthropology and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; former director of the Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, Arizona

Congratulations to these four who join a long list of colleagues who have made significant contributions to our field.


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First Subvention Awards Announced

The AAHS Publications Committee and the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of our first subvention awards.

Paul Minnis and Michael Whalen for Discovering Paquimé through the Amerind Foundation and University of Arizona Press publishing partnership. This is a popularly written book that shares the research of 15 scholars, and also makes a case for the preservation of archaeological sites and their value for understanding the heritage of the region.

Matthew Pailes for publication of Political Landscapes of Eastern Sonora Mexico: A View from the Moctezuma Valley through the Arizona State Museum Archaeological series. This report uses survey and excavation data to reevaluate the political landscape of eastern Sonora, with repercussions for understanding political systems at a much broader scale. The on-demand publication will be provided to Mexican heritage office, enhancing the dissemination of this information which is important for preservation efforts in the region.

The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society subvention award  program is to provide money in support of the publication of digital or print books or Kiva journal articles that further AAHS’s mission. Many sources of grant funding do not support publication costs. Through this program, AAHS can provide occasional funding to prevent this barrier to the sharing of research results. In 2015, awards up to $5000 will be considered. For more information click here.

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