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

Board of Directors Appreciation Awards

The AAHS Board of Directors presents AAHS Appreciation Awards annually to those volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their work supporting the Society. This year five outstanding volunteers were acknowledged with Appreciation Awards: Stanley Ponczek for his work supporting the AAHS book sales, Lee White for work editing the archival Emil Haury interviews, Debra Martin outgoing Kiva editor for her outstanding work over the past five years, John Douglass, past President for among other things negotiating a complex insurance policy for the Society and initiating the Traditional Technologies Program and to Katherine Cerino, past Vice President for Activities, for her many roles in supporting the society.


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