2022 Martin-Orrell Grant Announced

Congratulations to Maren Hopkins and her collaborator Kelsey Hanson on winning the 2022 Martin-Orrell Grant. This annual $5,000 award is named in honor of two of AAHS members who left substantial bequests to the Society. Hopkins will work with the legendary Mata Ortiz potter, Juan Quezada.

Drawing upon ethnographic and archaeometric methods, the project will characterize Mr. Quezada’s clay procurement and processing techniques. In a pilot project conducted in 2021, Maren Hopkins and Mr. Quezada began mapping clay sources near Mata Ortiz as a way to recognize clay procurement as an important component of the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition. With this grant they will identify the chemical compositions of these clays at each stage of pottery production, and determine how they are affected at different stages of the pottery-making process. Combining ethnographic and archaeometric data in this way will help illustrate some of the qualitative, chemical, and mineralogical transformations that occur throughout pottery production and offer new ways of framing expectations in archaeological studies that are based on interpretations of ceramic compositional data.

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2022 Hayden Paper Competition Winner

Congratulations to Kelsey Hanson (University of Arizona), this year’s Hayden Paper Competition winner for her article Spatial Histories of Paint Production at Pueblo Bonito: Towards an Archaeology of Chacoan Chromatic Spectacle. We are looking forward to reading it in Kiva .

The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society and Arizona Archaeological Council sponsor the annual Julian D. Hayden Paper Competition, named in honor of long-time southwestern scholar Julian Dodge Hayden. The winning entry receives a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of the paper in Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. The competition is open to any bona fide undergraduate and graduate student at any recognized college or university. Co-authored papers will be accepted if all authors are students. Subject matter may include the anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and/or ethnology of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, or any other topic appropriate for publication in Kiva.


  • Douglas B. Craig Memorial Grant

    The deadline for the first Douglas B. Craig Memorial Research Grant has been extended to May 20th with decision by June 17th. This $3,000 grant is sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological Council in partnership with AAHS. Its aim is to fund archaeological research in Arizona and presentations at local and national conferences. Because Doug was involved with [...]Read More »

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