Third Annual Carryl B. Martin Award goes to Mary Ownby

From a very competitive field the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) Research Grant Committee has recommended, and the AAHS Board of Directors has accepted, the awarding of the third Carryl B. Martin Research Award of $5,000 to Mary Ownby of Desert Archaeology Inc. for the project entitled Reconstructing Identity in the Late Pre-Hispanic Papaguería: Production, Distribution, and Use of Sells Red Pottery. 

The proposed project will expand archaeological knowledge of the Papaguería, a region which has seen less research than many parts of Arizona, through a collaborative effort with the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Cultural Preservation Office, local avocational archaeologists, CRM firm Desert Archaeology Inc., and the non-profit organization Archaeology Southwest. The focus of the winning proposal is the pottery type Sells Red, originally defined by Scantling (1940) based on his 1938-39 work at Jackrabbit Ruin. Of particular relevance to Sells Red pottery is the potential for its use in the past as a marker of social identity that likely emerged in the eastern Papaguería in the AD 1200s and spread to the southern Tucson Basin and middle Santa Cruz as well as farther west in the Papaguería. The project would further explore the sand temper raw materials in the vicinity of Baboquivari Peak to confirm if Sells Red was produced there. This ceramic study has the potential to provide evidence of a strong and long-term ideological connection to that place. 

In 2015, AAHS received of a substantial bequest from the estate of Carryl B. Martin, an avocational archaeologist and long-time member of AAHS. Her desire was to specifically support research. In honor of her wishes, the AAHS board of directors established an annual award of $5,000 to be given to a high-quality archaeological or historical research project focused on significant questions in the archaeology of the Southwest United States or Northwest Mexico. In the spirit of Carryl Martin, projects that allow opportunities for participation by avocationalists receive special consideration. This is the third of an anticipated five awards to be given by AAHS.

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Proposals for AAHS Research & Travel Grants Accepted between January 1 and February 15, 2019


Research Grants of up to $1,000 and Travel Grants of up to $500 are available on a competitive basis to any AAHS member (professional or avocational) who is involved in a study or research in the areas of Southwestern archaeology, anthropology, American Indian studies, ethnohistory, or history.

In 2018, AAHS funded 15 grants for applicants from seven institutions. Awards included 4 research grants in the amount of $1000 each, 1 research grant in the amount of $990, 2 partial research grants for $500, 1 partial research grant for $400, and 7 travel grants for $300. The total amount awarded was $8,490!

Applications are accepted from January 1 to February 15, 2019, through the AAHS website. Information, application forms, and past awardees can be found at


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