2015 awards in public archaeology

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The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (Commission) is sponsoring its 29th annual "Awards in Public Archaeology." The Commission is a statutory board that advises the State Historic Preservation Officer on issues of relevance to Arizona archaeology. The Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources.

These awards can include the following categories of individuals or organizations that are worthy of recognition for their public service/education endeavors: 1) professional archaeologists, 2) avocational archaeologists, 3) Site Stewards, 4) Tribes, 5) private, non-profit entities, 6) government agencies, 7) private or industrial development entities, and 8) an individual for special or lifetime achievement.
The following criteria must be met in order for a nominee to qualify for a given award category:
1. Professional Archaeologist: Professional archaeologists have formal academic training and have been employed within the discipline. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae that indicates the highest academic degree completed and lists professional positions held must be included. Nominees for this category will not be considered without a vitae. Inclusion of the number of hours that the individual has spent on public education and/or volunteer activities will aid in the evaluation of the nomination.

2. Avocational Archaeologist: Avocational archaeologists may have formal training in the discipline but are not working as a professional archaeologist. If a nominee is being recommended for contributions involving fieldwork (i.e., survey and/or excavation), then the professional archaeologist supervising that fieldwork must be indicated in the nomination materials. Any nomination that indicates archaeological fieldwork without documenting professional oversight shall not be considered. Inclusion of the number of hours that the individual spent on public education and/or volunteer activities will aid in the evaluation of the nomination.

3. Site Steward: Site Stewards are members of the Arizona Site Steward Program, volunteers trained and managed by Arizona State Parks. The number of volunteer hours that a Site Steward has turned in to the Program Coordinator must be provided in the nomination. To be considered in this category, a nominee must currently be a volunteer in good standing.
4. Private, non-profit: This category is designed to recognize private, non-profit entities that preserve archaeological and/or historical properties; these entities can also provide, support, or fund volunteer efforts or public education programming that aids in the preservation of the Arizona’s heritage resources
5. Government Agency: Nominees for this category can only include public or government (municipal, county, state, federal) entities that provide or support volunteer efforts, funding, or public education programming that aids in the preservation of the Arizona’s heritage resources. (Please note that nominations for government agencies should not include compliance programs for which the agencies are mandated to operate.)
6. Tribe: Nominees for this category must be employed by, or otherwise affiliated with, an Arizona Indian Tribe and be working within the cultural resources arena. Nominees need not be tribal members.
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7. Private or Industrial Development: Nominees in this category demonstrate sensitivity for heritage preservation that extends beyond legal compliance and can include developers, utilities, etc.

8. Special or Lifetime Achievement: This category is intended to recognize particularly laudable one-time contributions to heritage preservation or exemplary contributions over the course of a career or lifetime. Nominees in this category need not be professional or avocational archaeologists.
If you know of an entity that deserves special recognition for their efforts in Arizona archaeology, please complete the attached nomination form. If your nomination is accepted to receive an award, we will notify via the contact information on the form. You will then be given the privilege of notifying the recipient of their award.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon the 2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on Friday, May 15th at the Du Bois Center, Northern Arizona University, 306 East Pine Knoll Drive, Flagstaff, Arizona.

For more information please visit the conference website at www.AZPreservation.com

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1. Fill out the attached nomination form with a statement supporting why such recognition should be given. This narrative should briefly identify the scope of the nominee’s achievement in the field of archaeology. It should also provide clear support for the exceptional quality of the nominee’s preservation efforts as well as explaining their impact on the preservation of Arizona’s heritage.
2. It is helpful, but not required, if digital photos are included to aid in judging the nomination and to recognize the award recipients at the awards presentation, in press materials, and on websites or other electronic media. Please submit digital images on a CD-ROM, DVD-R or flash drive in TIFF, JPEG or PNG format as separate photos and NOT inserted into a document such as Word or Powerpoint. A minimum of ten photos is suggested.
All submitted materials will become the property of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and will not be returned.
Please mail completed nomination form and any supporting materials to:
Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission

c/o Kris Dobschuetz, Compliance Specialist

State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks

1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007

For more information contact Kris Dobschuetz at kdobschuetz@azstateparks.gov or 602-542-7141



Name of Person, Entity, or Project:

Contact Person:

Phone #:

E-mail Address:
Category(s) You are nominating them for:

_____ Avocational Archaeologist _____ Government Agency

_____ Professional Archaeologist _____ Private or Industrial Development Entity

_____ Site Steward _____ Tribe

_____ Private, Non-Profit Entity _____ Special or Lifetime Achievement
Your Name:

Company / Organization:


Phone #:

E-mail Address:
Describe Nominee's Accomplishments (Length and variety of service will be a factor in consideration of the nominee's accomplishments -- please feel free to use additional pages, if necessary.)


*Letters of support from additional parties may also accompany the nomination (or be submitted prior to the deadline); such letters may prove helpful to the Commission in evaluating nominees. Letters of support are not required, however.

**You may re-submit nominations that you have previously submitted in prior years. Nominations submitted this year will be eligible for three years, so nominators will not have to submit a new nomination for the next two year’s awards, if their nominee does not win this year. However, nominators will need to submit a letter or e-mail to SHPO requesting re-consideration of a previously submitted nominee (please inform SHPO of the year that the nominee was originally submitted, if possible). If a nominator wants to update an existing nomination, they may, but it is not necessary.

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