of the American Anthropological Association



Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture

Gordon R. Willey Prize

Alfred Vincent Kidder Award

Student Diversity Travel Grant

Student Membership Award

AD Sponsorship of SAA Symposium

AD Sponsorship of AAA Symposia

AD Grant Program for Archiving Digital Data

Poster Award


Beginning with the 1989 Annual Meeting, the Archaeology Division inaugurated a series of Distinguished Lectures. Each lecturer delivers a talk at the Annual Meeting, and the distinguished lectures may subsequently be published in American Anthropologist.

Past Distinguished Lecturers

Assembling ‘Effective Archaeologies’ for Equitable Futures.

2018 Charles Cobb The Topology of Erasure-An Archaeology of Remembering Through Forgetting.
2017 Ann Stahl Assembling ‘Effective Archaeologies’ for Equitable Futures
2016 Randall McGuire The Talking Dog’s Tale: Archaeology is Anthropology.
2015 Susan Pollock The Subject of Suffering.
2014 Joe Watkins Past Matters.
2013 Robert L. Kelly The Abyss: An Archaeologist Looks to the Future.
2012 Susan D. Gillespie The Entanglement of Jade and the Rise of Meseomerica.
2011 Barbara J. Mills From Communities of Practice to Social Networks: Thinking Relationally in Archaeology.
2010 Michael Brian Schiffer Anthropological Archaeology: Where Did We Go Wrong?
2009 Barbara J. Little Reintegrating Archaeology in the Service of Sustainable Culture
2008 Alison Wylie Legacies of Collaboration: Transformative Criticism in Archaeology
2007 Philip L. Kohl Shared Social Fields: Evolutionary Convergence in Prehistory and Contemporary Practice
2006 David Hurst Thomas Way Past Reburial and Repatriation: American Archaeology in the Active Voice
2005 Colin Renfrew Beyond the Sapient Paradox: Genetic and Cultural Trajectories
2003 Rosemary A. Joyce Doing Things: Anthropology as Archaeology
2002 Timothy Earle Who Makes Culture: Alternative Media for Social Expression and Control
2001 William Longacre Archaeology as Anthropology Revisited
2000 Wendy Ashmore Decisions and Dispositions:  Socializing Spatial Archaeology
1999 Theresa Singleton Other Voices, Other Times: Historical Archaeology and Perceptions of the Past
1998 Gil Stein Diasporas, Colonies and World Systems: Rethinking the Archaeology of Interregional Interaction
1997 Margaret Conkey Paleolithic Pathways: Archaeological Theory and Practice of the Deep Past
1996 Jeremy Sabloff The Past and Future of American Archaeology
1995  Patrick V. Kirch  Microcosmic Histories: Island Perspectives on Global Change
1994  Carol Kramer  The Quick and the Dead
1993  Mark Leone  Historical Archaeology Of and Against the State
1992  George L. Cowgill  Beyond Criticizing New Archaeology
1991  Elizabeth Brumfiel  Breaking and Entering the Ecosystem: Gender, Class, and Faction Steal the Show
1990  Bruce Trigger  Constraint and Freedom: A New Synthesis of Archaeological Interpretation
1989 Charles Redman In Defense of the Seventies: The Adolescence of New Archaeology and Its Progeny in the Nineties


This prize recognizes the best archaeology paper published in the American Anthropologist over a period of three years. Named after Professor Gordon R. Willey, the award recognizes a distinguished archaeologist who served as President of the AAA, in 1961. It encourages archaeologists to pursue Willey’s well-known maxim (even if he did not first pen it!) that archaeology is anthropology or it is nothing.

The award winner is selected from those papers published in the American Anthropologist in the three calendar years previous to the year of the award (excluding the distinguished lectures). Since the inauguration of the award in 1997, the following papers have been selected for recognition:

2018 Dante Angelo Histories of a Burnt House: An Archaeology of Negative Spaces and Dispossession
2017 Amanda L. Logan “Why Can’t People Feed Themselves?”: Archaeology as Alternative Archive of Food Security in Banda, Ghana
2016 Cathy Cameron How People Moved among Ancient Societies: Broadening the View
2015 Eleanor Harrison-Buck Architecture as Animate Landscape: Circular Shrines in the Ancient Maya Lowlands
2014 Christopher T. Morehart What if the Aztec Empire Never Existed? The Prerequisites of Empire and the Polities of Plausible Alternative Histories
2013 Charles R. Cobb and Chester B. DePratter Multisited Research on Colonowares and the Paradox of Globalization
2012 Kathryn J.W. Arthur Feminine Knowledge and Skill Reconsidered: Women and Flaked Stone Tools
2011 April M. Beisaw Memory, Identity, and NAGPRA in the Northeastern United States
2010 Thomas H.McGovern,
Orri Vésteinsson,
Adolph Fridriksson,
Mike Church,
Ian Lawson,
Ian A Simpson,
Arni Einarsson,
Andy Dugmore,
Gordon Cook,
Sophia Perdikaris,
Kevin J. Edwards,
Amanda M. Thomson,
W. Paul Adderley,
Anthony Newton,
Gavin Lucas,
Ragnar Edvardsson,
Oscar Aldred, and
Elaine Dunbar
Landscapes of Settlement in Northern Iceland: Historical Ecology of Human Impact and Climate Fluctuation on the Millennial Scale
2009 Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and T. J. Ferguson Memory Pieces and Footprints: Multivocality and the Meanings of Ancient Times and Ancestral Places among the Zuni and Hopi
2008 Barbara Voss From Casta to Californio: Social Identity and the Archaeology of Culture Contact
2007 Christopher Fisher Demographic and Landscape Change in the Lake Patzcuaro Basin, Mexico: Abandoning the Garden
2006 Barbara J. Mills The Establishment and Defeat of Hierarchy: Inalienable Possessions and the History of Collective Prestige Structures in the Pueblo Southwest
2005 Katherine A. Spielmann Feasting, Craft Specialization, and the Ritual Mode of Production in Small Scale Societies
2004 Brian S. Bauer and
R. Alan Covey
Processes of State Formation in the Inca Heartland (Cuzco, Peru)
2003 Lisa J. LeCount Like Water for Chocolate: Feasting and Political Ritual among the Late Classic Maya at Xunantunich, Belize
2002 Susan D. Gillespie Rethinking Ancient Maya Social Organization: Replacing “Lineage” with “House”
2001 James E. Snead Science, Commerce, and Control:  Patronage and the Development of Anthropological Archaeology in the Americas
2000 Glenn Davis Stone
and Christian  E. Downum
Non-Boserupian Ecology and Agricultural Risk: Ethnic Politics and Land Control in the Arid Southwest
1998 Patricia Crown and
Suzanne Fish
Gender and Status in the Hohokam Pre-Classic to Classic Transition
1997 Melinda Zeder After the Revolution: Post-Neolithic Subsistence in Northern Mesopotamia

In 2005 the Gordon R. Willey Endowment Fund was established as a permanent endowment to provide a stable income for the awarding of this prize.


Established in 1950, the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology was initially given every three years to an outstanding archaeologist specializing in the archaeology of the Americas. The award has been given alternately to specialists in Mesoamerican archaeology and the archaeology of the Southwestern region — areas that were both central to the pioneering and exemplary work of A. V. Kidder.

This award, presented by the AAA but selected by the AD, is now given every two years.

The 2020 Award will be for a specialist in Mesoamerican Archaeology. Nominations are solicited early in the calendar year. Nominations should include a cover letter, stating explicitly the qualifications and accomplishments of the nominee, and a CV. They will be reviewed by a specially selected Kidder Award Committee.

You may submit nominations by mail by addressing them to the Kidder Award Committee in care of the AD Secretary (click on Officers for address).

Or, you may submit nominations by email by sending attachments, preferably in PDF format, to the AD Secretary (click on Officers for email address). Please put “Kidder Award nomination” in the subject line.

The deadline for nominations is February 15. The award will be presented at the AAA business meeting at the annual meetings.

Past Kidder Award winners:

Patricia Crown 2018
Jeremy Sabloff 2016
Timothy Kohler 2014
Wendy Ashmore 2012
William D. Lipe 2010
David C. Grove 2008
Jeffrey S. Dean 2006
George L. Cowgill and René Millon 2004
Linda S. Cordell 2001
Jeffrey R. Parsons 1998
Jesse D. Jennings 1995
Kent V. Flannery 1992
Richard B. Woodbury 1989
Ignacio Bernal 1986
Watson Smith 1983
William T. Sanders 1980
Emil W. Haury 1977
Gordon R. Willey 1974
Richard S. MacNeish 1971
Paul S. Martin 1968
Neil Judd 1965
Tatiana Proskouriakoff 1962
Charles C. DiPeso 1959
Samuel K. Lothrop 1956
Earl H. Morris 1953
Alfred Marston Tozzer 1950


Established in 2004, these grants are intended to increase participation in AAA sessions and in archaeology more widely by students from historically under-represented populations. African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian or Native American, Asian American, Latino and Latina, Chicano and Chicana, and Pacific Islander students in archaeology are encouraged to apply for these travel grants to help defray costs associated with attending the AAA meeting. Archaeology students with disabilities are also eligible for this grant.

Up to four grants, of up to $600 each, will be awarded. Students may apply for and receive this award more than once, although priority is given to first time applicants using the following criteria:

  • First priority is given to students presenting a paper or poster.
  • Within that group, priority is given to students presenting a paper or poster for the first time at the AAA.
  • Within that group, priority is given based on the distance a student must travel to the meeting.

All students who apply for a grant are also invited to arrange a meeting with any member of the AD Executive Committee during the annual meeting for professional advice and mentoring.

Recipients will be acknowledged and receive their award at the AD Business Meeting  during the AAA meeting.

Applications are due by September 15 to the AD Secretary (click on Officers for contact information) via e-mail (as an attachment-please include your last name in the name of the attachment) or snail mail. They should include the following:

  • Completed cover sheet (download Word Document or download interactive PDF document)
  • CV of not more than 2 pages (number as pages 2 and 3 in the same file after the cover sheet)
  • Letter of reference from a scholar or advisor who knows your work. Please ask that the recommender submit the letter independently by the deadline.

Past Travel Grant Winners:

2018 Aja Lans Syracuse University
Nicole Smith University of Michigan
2017 Cristina Carter Florida State University
Timothy Wilcox Stanford University
2016 Luisa Abersold University of Texas Austin
Joseph Aguilar University of Pennsylvania
Tiyas Bhattacharyya University of Illinois
Jose Miguel Kanxoc Kumul Universidad de Oriente
Aja Lans Syracuse University
2015 Tiffany Cain University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Guzman University of California Berkeley
2014 Juan R. Argueta Jr. Wichita State University
2013 Tiffany Cain University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Kim University of Texas, San Antonio
David Rafael McCormick University of South Florida
Davina Two Bears Indiana University
2012 Annelise Morris University of California Berkeley
Paulette F. Steeves Binghamton University
2011 NO award given
2010 Moshe Adamu University of Florida
Adela Amaral University of Chicago
Jessica Cerezo-Román University of Arizona
Sebastian Salgado-Flores University of Texas San Antonio
2009 Ana Tejeda Northwestern University
Shankari Patel University of California Riverside
Rhianna Rogers Florida Atlantic University
Tsim Schneider University of California Berkeley
2008 Edward Jolie University of New Mexico
Karen Pereira University of Florida
Dana Shew University of Denver
2007 Deanna Dartt-Newton University of Oregon
Kelly Peterson McMaster University
Kerry Thompson University of Arizona
2006 Jason J. González Southern Illinois University
Olaf Jaime-Riveron University of Kentucky
Ora V. Marek University of California, Berkeley
Sean Näleimale University of Hawai’i, Manoa
Gina Quistiano Zavala Indiana University
2005 Sara L. Gonzalez University of California, Berkeley
Desireé Reneé Martinez Harvard University
Uzma Zehra Rizvi University of Pennsylvania
Grace S. R. Turner College of William and Mary
2004 Jason Patrick De Leon Pennsylvania State University
Olivia Clementina Navarro-Farr Southern Methodist University
Janet Six University of Pennsylvania
Nawa Sugiyama Arizona State University
Radhika Sundararjan-Bauer University of Pennsylvania


The Archaeology Division (AD) seeks to support student membership in the AAA and in the AD to maintain and strengthen the representation of archaeology within the AAA. The AD will award the next year’s membership in both AAA and AD to up to 20 students who present archaeological papers or posters at the annual meeting. This award has a value of between $75 and $135, depending on a student’s AAA membership status.

All students who present an archaeological paper or poster at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for this award. Up to three awards will be allocated specifically for undergraduates. If more than 20 eligible individuals apply, the awardees will be chosen by random methods. Students may apply for and receive this award more than once, although priority is given to first time applicants.

Applications are due by September 15 to the Student Member at Large (click on Officers for contact information) via e-mail (as a word document or PDF attachment-please include your last name in the name of the attachment) or snail mail. They should include the following:

  • Your name, address, and email (or other contact information)
  • Your AAA membership number
  • Your institution
  • The degree you are working on
  • Expected date of this degree
  • The title of your accepted paper/poster
  • Is this your first AAA paper (yes or no)

Past Student Membership Winners:

2018 Annalisa Bolin Stanford University
Kasey Diserens Morgan University of Pennsylvania
Chandler Fitzsimons The College of William & Mary
Laura Heath-Stout Boston University
Jade Robison University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Anne Sherfield University of Michigan
Liam Wadsworth University of Alberta
2017 Cristina Carter Florida State University
David Cranford University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Krista Eschbach Arizona State University
Rémi Hadad University of Paris-Nanterre
Marc Lorenc University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Matt Magnani Harvard University
Justin Reamer University of Pennsylvania
Elena Sesma University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Craig Stevens American University
Sarah Striker Arizona State University
Evan Taylor University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Andrea Torvinen Arizona State University
Andrew Upton Michigan State University
2016 Tiyas Bhattacharyya University of Illinois
Lisa Bright Michigan State University
Shaheen M. Christie University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Maia Dedrick University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Jose Miguel Kanxoc Kumul Universidad de Oriente
Michael Spears University of Arizona
Adam Sutherland University of Illinois
Andrea Torvinen Arizona State University
2015 Leslie Aragon University of Arizona
Lewis Borck University of Arizona
Tiffany Cain University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Chazin University of Chicago
Rachel Horowitz Tulane University
Elizabeth Konwest Indiana University
Morgan Krause DePaul University
Matthew Magnani Harvard University
Nadya Prociuk University of Texas
Anna Schneider University of Colorado
2014 Maia Dedrick University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
David Mixter Washington University
Jon Spenard University of California, Riverside
2013 Rebecca Friedel University of Texas, San Antonio
Lynn Kim University of Texas, San Antonio
Katy M. Meyers Michigan State University
Emily Shepard Portland State University
Christopher Shephard College of William and Mary
2012 Manuel Perales Universidad Nacional del Centro del Perú
Dana Bardolph University of California Santa Barbara
2011 Francois Buindon
Dru McGill
Anastasiya Travina
University of Aberdeen
Indiana University
University of Texas, San Marcos
2010 No award given
2009 Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels Stanford University
Rhianna C. Rogers Florida Atlantic University
Maria Raviele Michigan State University
Tobin Hartnell University of Chicago
Diana T. Dyste Anzures University of California Santa Barbara
Kathy Koziol University of Arkansas
Ana S. Tejeda Northwestern University
Christine N. Reiser Brown University
Emily Poeppel Indiana University of Pennsylvania


In the interests of promoting discussion of topics, research, and theory of broad significance to anthropology and of strategic concern to archaeologists, the Board of the Archaeology Division sponsors a session at the annual SAA meeting that is focused on discussion. Specifically invited are proposals for a forum or an electronic symposium in which papers are distributed before the meeting so that the meeting time can be devoted to very short presentations followed by a generous amount of discussion. To encourage the free flow of ideas, the AD will support this session by providing a cash bar if the session is scheduled in the afternoon or evening.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY August 10 to the President-Elect (click on Officers for contact information), via e-mail (as a Word document or PDF attachment). Please include your last name in the file name of the attachment. The application should include the following:

  • Title and abstract of forum or digital symposium
  • Complete list of participants
  • Complete list of discussion topics (if a forum) or titles and abstracts of all individual papers in a digital symposium

The major criterion for selection of AD sponsorship is how well the proposed symposium exemplifies a holistic anthropological approach to a topic in archaeology.

A decision will be made by August 31. The designation of AD sponsorship must be included with the submission to the SAA Program Committee by their deadline in early September.


New! Open Call for Papers sessions: The Archaeology Division of the AAA uses an open Call for Papers (CFP) format to encourage people to submit session ideas and utilize our extensive membership network to attract participants from within archaeology and across sub-disciplines. We see the AAA annual meeting as a unique opportunity for archaeologists to engage in intellectual conversations with other anthropologists who may not typically attend more sub-discipline specific meetings. The CFP format is not intended to replace the more traditional pre-organized session format, but instead offer a complementary way of facilitating a dialogue with scholars from our vibrant organization. You may view the Open CFP Session abstracts here: http://ad.americananthro.org/open-call-for-papers-american-anthropological-association-annual-meeting-2017/

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY April 15. Please submit your abstract to the Program Editor for Archaeology (click on Officers for contact information), via e-mail (as a Word document or PDF attachment). Those interested in joining a session should indicate which session they want to join.

Pre-organized sponsored sessions: The AD annually sponsors one or more innovative, synthesizing sessions intended to reflect the state-of-the-art and the thematic concerns in archaeology. These sessions appear on the program as ‘invited’. Sessions should be submitted using the AAA submissions portal and designated for AD review to be considered eligible for AD sponsorship. Members should work closely with the Program Editor when planning invited sessions. The AD may solicit an Invited Session that address a particular theme, but all submissions will be welcome and considered.The major criterion for selection of AD sponsorship is how well the proposed symposium exemplifies a holistic anthropological approach to a topic in archaeology.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY April 15 and a decision will be made by May 15.

Executive Session:  
AD members are also invited to organize a session to be designated as an “Executive” session. The papers in this session should exemplify the annual meeting theme. The full description of AAA Executive Sessions can be found here: http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2040

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY February 16 (5pm EDT) via the AAA Annual Conference submission system. A step-by-step guide for submitting an application for an Executive Session is available at: http://bit.ly/2kq9bci


To assist members of the AD in the preservation and dissemination of their data, images, and documents, the Archaeology Division of the AAA has established a grant program to support the archiving of digital archaeological data and documents in tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), an international digital repository. Reports and data shared through tDAR are made accessible on the web and their long-term preservation is ensured.

$2000.00 is available annually for archiving data, images, and documents from archaeological research projects. Applicants may submit proposals requesting $200.00-$1000.00 as justified by the materials being proposed for digital archiving. As useful guidance, $200.00 will purchase storage for up to 20 files that are up to 200 MB in size, while $1000.00 will purchase up to 2000 MB of storage for up to 200 files. Please click here to link to tDAR above for more information and to assist in the preparation of proposals.

Applications are due by October 1st to the President-Elect  (click on Officers for contact information), via e-mail (as a word document or PDF attachment-please include your last name in the name of the attachment). They should include the following:

  • Your contact information
  • A 2-page, single-spaced explanation of the files to be uploaded and a description of their importance for the discipline

Digital files contributed to tDAR through the grant program must be documented as completely as possible using tDAR’s web-based resource entry forms.

Applicants will be notified of the decisions by November 1st. Successful applicants will be able to access a voucher in tDAR for the grant amount.


The Archaeology Division established this award in 2015 to recognize the best poster presentation of archaeological research at the AAA Annual Meeting. The poster does not have to be sponsored by the Archaeology Division to qualify. Posters are identified through the AAA Meeting Program and are reviewed by the Program Chair and Program Chair-elect using a set of standard criteria. The winner will receive a $100 prize and be recognized on the AD Website and at the AD Annual Business Meeting the following year.