2020 Awards Announced

One of the highlights of our year is presenting the Cummings, Stoner and Lindsay awards during the annual Pecos Conference. In this time of pandemic we will be presenting these awards virtually.  Check the AAHS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArchandHist) and AAHS emails for photos and award presentations posted later in August. 

Given since 1987 the Byron Cummings Award recognizes outstanding research contributions to  anthropology, archaeology or history pertaining to the southwestern United States or northwest Mexico. This year we recognize Stephen H. Lekson for his truly impressive impact on Southwestern archaeology and John D. Speth whose research on Plains-Pueblo interaction and bison hunting on the Southern Plains revolutionized our thinking about this critical part of the Southwest.  

The Victor R. Stoner Award, also awarded since 1987, is given for outstanding contributions in the fostering of historic preservation or the dissemination of anthropology, archaeology or history to a public audience. This year we recognize Nancy N. Odegaard for her outstanding contributions to the preservation of archaeological collections as well as her many years of student training and public outreach. The second 2020 Stoner awardee is Christine R. Szuter. Christine recently retired as Executive Direction of the Amerind Foundation and was for many years Director, Editor-in-Chief and Acquiring Editor for The University of Arizona Press. This award recognizes her contributions in bringing archaeology and anthropology to a wide audience of professionals as well the general public.

In 2017 AAHS established the Alexander J. Lindsay, Jr. Unsung Hero Award to honor lifetime service of individuals whose tireless work behind-the-scenes has often gone unrecognized, but which is critical to the success of others’ research.  We are pleased to recognize Helen L. O’Brien for her impact on generations of archaeological students as well as her contributions to curating the archaeological record through digital technology. The second 2020 Lindsay award recognizes Deborah V. Gibson for her more than 30 years work as a field archaeologist, crew chief, database manager, lab manager, project manager, computer specialist and technical editor in the northern Southwest.

Congratulations to all.

Presidents Message

Orrell Curriculuum Development Grant Awarded

Arizona Project Archaeology (AzPA) has been award a 2020 AAHS F. Lewis Orrell, Jr. Curriculum Development grant to create a Hohokam Pithouse Shelter Guide for use in Arizona elementary schools. AzPA is committed to teaching scientific and historical inquiry, cultural understanding and the importance of stewardship of Arizona’s rich archaeological resources. Arizona Project Archaeology provides students a basic understanding of archaeology and inspires them to respect and protect our cultural heritage. 

“Investigating Shelter” guides students through a complete investigation of shelter using artifacts, maps, historic photographs or drawings and oral histories. The curriculum inspires students to respect and protect the rich array of cultural resources on public lands, including Indian sites and World War II remains. The goal is to develop lifelong stewards on public lands. 

Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive nor specific Arizona curricula in the National Project Archaeology catalog. Teacher and Site Steward trainings thus rely on “Investigating Shelter” lesson plans, based on a Fremont pithouse. AzPA will use this grant to ameliorate this oversight and create a Hohokam pithouse shelter guide. The project will result in a culturally appropriate, Arizona-specific, archaeological guide full of lesson plans for grades 3-5. We are very pleased to support this important project. For more information on the Orrell grants click here.


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    On July 20, 2020, AAHS hosted our first online lecture titled, “Mimbres and Paquimé Relationships?” by Paul Minnis.  Seventy-seven (77) members and seventy-one (71) non-members attended for a total of 148 participants, making it one of our best attended lectures.  Members attended from Sonora, Mexico and many places in the U.S. including: Arizona, Utah, Texas, [...]Read More »

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