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Carryl B. Martin-F. Lewis Orrell, Jr. Research Grant

This annual $5,000 award honors two of AAHS’s benefactors: Carryl B. Martin and F. Lewis Orrell Jr. whose bequests to the Society made this award possible.

A single award of $5,000.00 will be given annually to a high-quality archaeological or historical research project that focuses on significant questions in the archaeology of the Southwest United States or Northwest Mexico. In the spirit of Carryl Martin and F. Lewis Orrell Jr. projects that allow opportunities for participation by avocationalists will receive special consideration.

Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted between November 1 and November 30, 2022 and must be submitted electronically. All applicants must be members of AAHS.

Proposal Application Instructions

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by the AAHS Research Grants Committee and the awardee confirmed by the Board of Directors. AAHS reserves the right to not award a grant in any cycle if no proposal of sufficient merit is received. The following elements will be considered in the review of applications:

1. What is the potential for the proposed activity to advance knowledge and understanding of the archaeology of the Southwest United States or Northwest Mexico?

2. To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?

3. Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale?


2016- Aaron Wright of Archaeology Southwest for the The Bouse Well Project: A Reappraisal of Stratigraphy and Artifacts from an Unpublished, Mid-Twentieth-Century Excavation of a Patayan Walk-in Well in West-Central Arizona.

2017 – Kathryn Baustian of Skidmore College for the collections-based portion of her project Kinship and Interaction in the Prehistoric Mimbres Region of Southwest New Mexico: An Exploration of Skeletal and Cultural Indicators.  ($3,900)

Brandon McIntosh of Washington State University  towards a portion of his project titled Ancient Turkey Domestication in the Northern Mogollon Region of the U.S. Southwest: Stable Isotope, aDNA and Osteometric Evidence for Human-Turkey Interaction in the Southeastern Southwest. ($1,100)

2018 – Mary Ownby of Desert Archaeology for the project Identity in the Late Pre-Hispanic Papaguería: Production, Distribution, and Use of Sells Red Pottery. Results are published in Kiva 86(3) 2020. 

2019 – Pamela Stone of Hampshire College for the project Community Engaged Bioarchaeology: Osteobiological Heritage and the Excavation of a Mission Cemetery from the Eighteenthcentury Land-grant Community of Belen, New Mexico. 

2020 – Thatcher Rogers of University of New Mexico for the project Between Casas Grandes and Salado: Community Formation and Interaction at the Pendleton Ruin Site in the Borderlands of the American Southwest/Northwest Mexico Region, A.D. 1200-1450. 

2021-22 – Maren Hopkins and Kelsey Hanson (Anthropological Research, LLC/University of Arizona), for the project titled Los Barros de Juan Quezada (The Clays of Juan Quezada): Ethnographic and Compositional Analyses of Juan Quezada’s Clay Sources in and near Juan Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

2022 – No Award Given