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2015 John F. Seiberling Awards


The John F. Seiberling Award was established in 1986 in the name of Ohio Congressman Seiberling, for his many legislative efforts in support of historic preservation. Seiberling himself received the first award. The award recognizes significant and sustained efforts in historic preservation and the conservation of archaeological resources, by an individual or group.
This year, the Register of Professional Archaeologists is honored to award two John F. Seiberling Awards.  The first goes to Congressman Christopher Gibson of New York.

Congressman Christopher Gibson

Congressman Gibson has represented New York’s 19th District since 2012, having previously served the 20th District for one term. Congressman Gibson is a valuable advocate for historic and cultural resource protection in New York. He acquired significant funding to support the interpretation and preservation of archaeological and historic sites in eastern New York, and worked with the Preservation League of New York and the Columbia County Land Conservancy to protect historic and cultural resources impacted by an 11-mile power line in Columbia County. He also supports the Martin Van Buren House National Historic Site, a significant historic and archaeological site from our nation’s antebellum era.
The Congressman’s efforts to protect cultural resources beyond the Hudson Valley include co-sponsoring legislation in the House to extend authorization for the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Act, signing a letter supporting funding for State Historic Preservation Offices in FY 2016, and co-authoring H.R. 2817, the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act.  Most recently, as a member of Armed Services Committee, he voted against a proposed amendment to the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would amend the National Historic Preservation Act to allow federal agencies, for national security reasons, to remove properties from the National Register of Historic Places or to prevent the listing of new properties.
Congressman Gibson has also spoken publicly about the importance of the Antiquities Act of 1906, to preserve cultural resources for future generations, and opposed efforts to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to study climate change after three massive flooding episodes destroyed small farms (and important archaeological and historic resources) in eastern New York.



Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Martin Heinrich has long been a strong advocate for archaeology, historic preservation and our nation’s public lands. Before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, he served four years as an Albuquerque, New Mexico City Councilor. During his time on the City Council, he championed legislation establishing an archaeological ordinance and the position of a city archaeologist. After his term on the Albuquerque City Council, Heinrich served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, and continued to be a leading proponent of preserving and protecting public lands and cultural resources. He worked with communities across the state of New Mexico to designate the Río Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments. Heinrich also helped lead the effort to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
In 2015, he supported increasing the Historic Preservation Fund, and with Senator Maria Cantwell, introduced legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which conserves and promotes public access to the country's national parks, forests and public lands. Senator Heinrich has fought back efforts to dismantle the Antiquities Act, and to sell off public lands outside of national parks and monuments as a means to lower the federal deficit. In March 2015, Senator Heinrich, along with Senators Tom Udall, Marco Rubio, and Bob Mendez, and Representative Raul Grijalva,  introduced a bipartisan bill to give colleges and universities with a high Hispanic student enrollment, access to a grant program for increasing Hispanic students’ participation in historic preservation and cultural programs.


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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 2015 Special Achievement Award


The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center of Cortez, Colorado is a most worthy recipient of the Register of Professional Archaeologist’s 2015 Special Achievement Award. Crow Canyon has been a leader in public education about archaeology and Native American culture since 1983. In the past five years alone, over 9,400 students and 500 adults have participated in the Center’s educational programs.  The Center’s Cultural Explorations program, for example, offers week-long educational trips for adults.  The Center also offers one-week Teen Camps and a three-week High School Field School.  Multiple National Endowment for the Humanities grants have also supported the enrollment of over 281 teachers in multi-week workshops about the archaeology, history, and culture of Native Americans in the Southwest.  The Center collaborates with the Bureau of Land Management's Anasazi Heritage Center, offering day programs to over 1,400 local school students, and offered a Register of Professional Archaeologists-certified field school for advanced students in 2015. Crow Canyon's Native American Advisory Group, formed in 1995, reviews all research and educational programs, and Native American scholars play important roles in all educational programs, including the Cultural Explorations program and the NEH Workshops.


The Center is a non-profit organization supported by gifts, grants, and fees paid by program participants.  Education is one of Crow Canyon's three missions, along with archaeological research and collaboration with Native American communities. Archaeological education is seen as a gateway to cultural and scientific literacy, in addition to introducing students and adults to America's deep past and cultural diversity.   



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2015 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award - presented to William B. Lees, PhD, RPA


The Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award is one of the most prestigious given by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Named for two individuals who dedicated their lives in the service to a professional archaeology, this award is among the most meaningful of any in our field. It is intended to recognize the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist. In Dr William B. Lees, the Register recognizes an archaeologist who demonstrates the same dedication and passion as the Award’s namesakes.


Bill is currently the Executive Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Most recently, as a result of Bill’s leadership, the Florida Public Archaeology Network received the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2015 Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology.


Bill has served, and continues to serve, the profession of archaeology by giving his time and expertise to the boards and committees of several organizations. He joined the Society of Professional Archaeologists (SOPA) in 1978 and served as Chair of the Membership Committee, as a member of the Standards Board, as Secretary-Treasurer, and then as President. Bill was, in fact, the last President of SOPA, and presided over the difficult deliberations to dissolve this organization in favor of a new organization, the Register of Professional Archaeologists. With the establishment of the Register, Bill became its first President.


In addition to the Register, Bill has served on boards and committees of the Society for American Archaeology, Plains Anthropological Society, Kansas Anthropological Association, and the Florida Historical Commission. He served four terms on the SHA Board of Directors, and was President during 2010 and 2011.


Through a long career of practicing, teaching, and service to archaeology, Bill Lees has exemplified what it means to be a Professional Archaeologist. His leadership of major organizations has shaped the discipline of archaeology in the United States and he has been celebrated for his vision and dedication. The Register’s McGimsey-Davis Award is an appropriate and fitting recognition of Bill’s continued commitment to our field and to promoting the value of our discipline to the public.


The Register of Professional Archaeologists is proud to present the 2015 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award to Dr. William B. Lees.


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Field School Scholarship

Western Michigan University’s field school received a $1,000 field school scholarship on behalf of the Society for American Archaeology because they best met the Society’s criteria, particularly with regard to their "community service learning" philosophy and curriculum.  WMU split the award between the following two students:
  • Amelia Harp is a non-degree graduate student studying anthropology at Western Michigan University. She is also pursuing her M.A. in Anthropology at Georgia State University. She received her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Kennesaw State University, and completed an internship with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Department of Language and Culture. Her research interests include historical archaeology, public archaeology, and Native American studies with particular focus on the Great Lakes region. She is currently studying architecture and critically analyzing the relationship between academia and other various stakeholders, including Native American tribes, in the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project as part of her thesis work. She has participated in previous archaeological studies at Fort St. Joseph, the Dabbs Site in Georgia’s Bartow County, and Fort Daniel in Gwinett County. She has also aided in analyzing historical artifacts that were uncovered during the 1970s in archaeological excavations associated with the MARTA subway system in Atlanta.
  • Erika Loveland is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Western Michigan University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and completed her archaeological field school at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Her research interests include historical archaeology, public archaeology, colonialism, trade, and regional analysis. She is currently examining the architectural components of Fort St. Joseph, a French mission-garrison-trading post complex. She has participated in research projects for the pre-historic Garden Creek Site in North Carolina and the Undocumented Migration Project.  




The Election Results Are In!


President-Elect:  Christopher Dore

Nominations Committee Chair: Kerry Sagebiel

Nominations Committee: Jennifer Ferris

Registrar: William Green

Standards Board: Ben Ford

Standards Board Alternate: Sarah Herr



Archives Project Committee Report

September 2015



Preface by Charles M. Niquette The Register, as an organization, has been talking about the SOPA/Register archives for years.  There are nearly 30 four-drawer filing cabinets that were once housed at the South Carolina Institute for Archaeology, later in Bruce Rippeteau’s garage and most recently at Mercyhurst College.  Once they went to Mercyhurst, the archives became little more than dead storage and no one had access and, more importantly, no one seemed to know what all they held.  A little over two years ago, R. Berle Clay was enticed to make a trip to Mercyhurst and to inventory the collections.  This inventory allowed the Board to decide what could be culled and what should be saved.  The Register Board made a decision to digitize the files, but it was a daunting task. We didn’t exactly know how to get the job done, especially when the archives were housed at Mercyhurst.  Last January, we transported all of the files here to Lexington and made room for them in Cultural Resource Analysts’ corporate headquarters.  Since then, my wife, Garland F. Niquette, has been scanning the documents.  She was asked to prepare a report on her activities for the most recent Board Meeting held earlier this month.  The Board thought that her report warranted further distribution and it is provided below for your consideration.  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at  Thank you.  
Archives Project by Garland F. Niquette
I initially began scanning the SOPA applications, but experienced a host of technical problems. Especially for the earliest SOPA applicants (before the application was perfected), I spent hours on individual folders which contained reams of supporting documentation (see example of one folder below). Much of this had to be duplicated prior to scanning because it was bound or oversized. The files were moreover filled with staples! Most folders had a dozen staples; some had over 40 ! All of these had to be removed to be fed through the scanner. 
Example of an applicant folder with bound and oversized materials.
Early SOPA membership committee members made the problem worse by bundling materials together, and stapling them (usually 3 to 4 times) with a note affirming that, "I HAVE VERIFIED THAT [Applicant’s name] IS A REAL, HONEST-T0-GOD HOMINID” - funny, but not so much after struggling to remove scores of these (as an aside, occasionally there would be a call for a "hominid” verification check on an applicant by the committee!).
"Hominid Verification” form used to compile early application forms.
Dr. Woodall proved to be an early "eco-archeologist”, writing his notes about applicants upon hand cut pieces of "recycled” file folders (see below). These were challenging with regard to the scanner, but I found them too interesting to discard. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve developed a real fondness for Dr. Woodall. His letters were real gems – such a scholar and such a kind heart.  
Dr. Woodall’s "go green” notes on applicant materials.
In addition to the application materials, there were challenges with equipment. The scanner was initially problematic, but was ultimately adjusted. Another significant equipment problem was the speed of the computer. When scanning many of the first files, I would get an error message indicating that the file had not saved. Once I began making the files smaller (<40 pages), this occurred far less frequently, however, having to make multiple (two to six) submissions of a file greatly slowed the process. Each file required time to save, time to be renamed and finally time to be re-combined into the larger, original file. The computer finally (thank heavens) imploded in June so Chuck purchased a new one.  
In short, scanning the applications took, in my mind, an inordinately long time. I did, however, also manage to distill materials; combine folders (a number of applicants had duplicate folders due to misspelled names or oversight); correct applicant names (at least 25% were wrong); and, made notes of sensitive materials I thought should be removed from the files. The files are in far better shape now.  In roughly 250 hours, I have scanned over 1,500 SOPA application files, but since I continue to find more each day, it will be interesting to see what the final count is. I also have someone helping who is scanning the Register application files. These are no less complicated than the SOPA files and replete with staples (what is it about archeologists and staples?), but with the new computer, the process is much smoother.  
I have spent the past few months on what I consider to be the early (1974 to 1978) "business” files of SOPA, but they are named "SOPA General Files” on the computer. Like the application folders, these have been problematic but in a different way: they are SO disorganized!  I think that the present state of affairs has been unavoidable due to the many hands through which these materials have passed. As Tom King recently observed to Chuck, the founders of SOPA were great at "making history”, but not so facile at "recording it” (and I would add not so great at keeping it organizing it either). 
Although every year, since SOPA’s inception, has a designated place in a filing cabinet, you nonetheless also have to search through other drawers and files named "Correspondence ”,  "Minutes” (and these are in addition to folders by these names already within the yearly designations), "Archives” (which I’ve come to find has dual meaning – first just any material which should be added to the general "archives” and second, information relevant to the handling of the overall Archive files) and many, many "Misc” folders scattered everywhere. There have also been additional files from Robert Stephenson, Hester Davis and Tom King (the latter two of which I just happened upon randomly) to examine.  
I’ve also found that a number of items – like letters or minutes – are missing salient elements like attachments or even pages. It’s been rather like a crossword puzzle that is missing a bunch of pieces. Luckily, as noted earlier, I have a number of sources so while " 1977 Correspondence” may hold the first page of an important letter, Stephenson’s (thank heavens for his files!) contributions may have the second page as well as the attachments.
Most of the clues to really valuable finds – seminal papers, activist memos, significant letters – have been first unearthed within the mounds of "Correspondence” folders.  For example, in one "Misc Archives” file, I found a listing which suggested that there were at least six boxes of SOPA grievance material held by an attorney in Chicago. Dr. Garrow contacted them and sure enough, there were eight boxes. These are now in Lexington.

Garland sorting through and organizing correspondence  
Hence, just to make a start, I have been organizing the files by year, and within each year, I’m imposing standing files like "Correspondence”, "Minutes”, "Bylaws”, "Financials”, "Membership”, "Political Activism” and "Grievances” (etc.) – all of which are further subdivided (see Appendix).
One of you asked what my background is: I have two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychology. Such degrees have been quite useful in dealing with SOPA’s filesJ. Your founders had very strong personalities, and I have had the privilege to be privy to their thoughts. I have learned, for example, that they loved to collaborate! I have discovered that in the early years of SOPA,  that if there’s a position paper, it’s generally one in a series of "group editing” drafts (and in some of the files you’ll see the edits). I’m therefore never hasty to label one of these as a "final”.  
You current lot has been the lucky beneficiaries of a dozen discerning minds who cared deeply and worked tirelessly. You only have to read Dr. McGimsey’s paper, "The exploration of new directions for the Society and the profession of archeology” (1974) to know that your profession was in the very competent hands of some brilliant thinkers.  Unlike a lot of professions that just accumulated, yours was forged by the vision of these founders. They held two primary purposes for the organization. The first of these was threefold: to codify the requirements for entrance into the profession of archeology; to articulate the standards for the professional practice of archeology; and to monitor compliance with these first two tenets. The second, far less explicitly stated purpose but nonetheless actively modeled by the founders, was to guide the profession through whatever political, legislative and legal forces which might threaten it and the resources.  .
I have been impressed not only by the caliber of what these founders expressed, but also the sheer volume of their task. They collaborated beautifully on constructing position papers, processing applications and supporting (or fighting) legislation in the days before conference calls, cell phones, email or even FedEx.   For example, they had to evaluate numerous "batches” of huge applications; mail them to one another; and then consolidate their evaluations (see below). They did all of this without the benefit of consulting fees, per diem or in some cases, institutional support. They did it all for the love of their profession and their vision of what that profession could become.
Hester Davis’s chart for evaluating applications. There were scores of these.
At present, my goal is to have all the "General Files” organized in multiple ways which are functional; by year (i.e., 1975, 1976, etc.) as well as by categories (i.e., Activism, Correspondence, By-Laws, etc.). If you all have suggestions for classifications which are more meaningful to you, please let me know. I would also appreciate any contributions which members might have and which they feel might add to the comprehensiveness and integrity of the Archives. If you have something, please contact Chuck Niquette at  
  • Three Directories: (RPA applications, SOPA applications, SOPA general files) 
  • Organization of SOPA General Files
  • Subcategory of SOPA General Files/ A Documentation of SOPA Histories
  • Subcategory of SOPA General Files\I. The Founding of SOPA, 1974-75
  • Subcategory of SOPA General Files\II. 1976
  • Subcategory of SOPA General Files\III. 1977
  • SOPA General Files\IV. 1978


A New Benefit for RPAs!

50% Discount on JPASS – JSTOR’s Individual Access Plan

The Register of Professional Archaeologists  is pleased to offer a 50% discount on JPASS –JSTOR’s individual access plan.
JSTOR is one of the most heavily used research platforms at academic libraries. Scholars use JSTOR to discover, read, and build upon a wide range of academic journals that are archived from the very first issue published.  Browse the full title list here.
For the first time, JPASS connects unaffiliated scholars—independent researchers, faculty with limited JSTOR access, and anyone working outside the academy—to the 1,800+ scholarly journals in the JSTOR archive on a monthly or annual basis. Designed specifically for those with limited or no JSTOR access, JPASS acts as your "personal library card” where you pay a fee and get unlimited reading and limited downloading to JSTOR’s rich digital library.
RPAs can access the annual JPASS for $99—a 50% discount off what others will pay.  A $19.50 monthly plan is also available to those seeking short term JSTOR access.
Visit the JPASS site below to activate your member discount:
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East Carolina University Beats Them All




For the second consecutive year, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina ranks as the number one provider of graduate degrees for RPA registrants. Between January and August 2015, of the 247 applications received by The Register, 10 were recipients of Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Maritime Archaeology from East Carolina, and all were approved as new Registrants. Contenders in the 2015 race are Northern Arizona University, with eight applicants, and the University of Nevada-Reno, with seven.  Close at their heels are the University of West Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with an impressive seven graduates each.  With four months remaining this year, can East Carolina maintain its leader position?  Game on. Stay tuned for the final counts in January 2016.






Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award Presented to Jeff Altshul


Presented in recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist to achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service. This award is presented in honor of the late Charles R. McGimsey and the late Hester A. Davis.

The McGimsey/Davis award is proudly presented to Jeff Altshul for his outstanding service to the Register and to the discipline as a whole. Jeff was graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Anthropology and from Brandeis University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology. He is the co-founder of Statistical Research, Inc. in 1983, and now serves the firm as a Principal. He started the SRI Foundation in 2001, and cofounded Nexus Heritage in 2008 to extend his firm's mission to other parts of the world. He served as President-Elect of the Register from 2004 to 2006, and President from 2006 to 2008. He received a Presidential Award from the Register in 2008. Jeff currently serves as President of SAA, and is responsible for several significant initiatives begun by that society. His past service to professional societies include Secretary/Treasurer of SAA, and service on the boards of ACRA and the Archaeology Division of AAA. Through all of this he has found time to author over 40 articles, book chapters, and books, and over 300 contract reports. The Register of Professional Archaeologists is proud to present the Charles R. McGimsey-Hester A. Davis Award to Jeff Altshul.

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John F. Seiberling Award Presented to Marion Werkheiser


SOPA established the John F. Seiberling Award in 1986 in the name of Ohio Congressman Seiberling, for his many legislative efforts in support of historic preservation. The award was intended to recognize significant and sustained efforts in the conservation of archeological resources by an individual or group.

The Register is please to present the Seiberling Award Marion Werkheiser. She is a Harvard-educated attorney and policy advocate, and forges partnerships and coalitions that leverage the resources of the archaeological community for greater impact in Washington. In 2004, she co-founded the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, an association that brought together for the first time into a coherent community hundreds of attorneys around the globe to advance the rule of law in heritage preservation and to champion preservation through the justice system.

With her colleagues in her law and policy firm, Cultural Heritage Partners, she is helping to clarify and make full use of the protections in domestic and international cultural heritage law, from enforcement of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act - to strengthening the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act - to the UNESCO Convention. She has grown the influence of ACRA, blocking attempts to carve categorical exclusions from Section 106. She advocates for federal funding of archaeology on behalf of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Internationally, she helps lead the fight against cultural racketeering, and represents the Egyptian government in its efforts to collaborate with the U.S. government to shut down the black market in looted antiquities. Marion has made an especially important mark by showing us how to bring together diverse stakeholders to find common ground solutions to time-sensitive problems; through her work with the Gas and Preservation Partnership (GAPP), she has helped to forge a partnership between the energy industry and the preservation movement to protect significant sites.

I am pleased to present this award to Marion Werkheiser.

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RPA President Pat Garrow Joins Digitech-LLC on Podcast


RPA President Pat Garrow recently appeared on a digitech-llc podcast to share his archaeological expertise. Click here to listen to Pat's full interview.



Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award (McGimsey-Davis Distinguished Service Award)


The Charles R. McGimsey—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award is presented in recognition of the service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist to achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service. The 2014 recipient of the award certainly qualifies for the award in terms of both criteria.

Dr. Thomas E. Emerson, RPA, currently serves as Director, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His key contributions to the field have included establishment of human burial and home building legislation in Illinois, as well as expansion of public archaeology at the University of Illinois. He has provided oversight for the largest excavations ever conducted in Illinois (and perhaps the country), and founded and managed several active publication series. He has served as Editor for the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology and Illinois Archaeology, while publishing significant works on a number of topics important to understanding of North American prehistory.

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is honored to present the 2014 McGimsey/Davis award to Dr. Thomas E. Emerson, RPA.



The AAA, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Announce Two $500.00 Scholarships


At the recommendation of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Register of Professional Archaeologists is pleased to announce the award of two $500 field school scholarships to students attending the California State University – Chico – field school.

Betty’s Hope, a former sugar plantation on the Caribbean island of Antigua, operated from 1651 to 1944, and provides an ideal laboratory to learn about the methodologies of historical archaeology, plantation studies, and the African Diaspora. For the summer field school component of 2013, there will be continued excavation, remote sensing, surveying and mapping of this large site to further understand the plantation as a system, and its impact on the everyday lives of the people who lived and worked there. This summer’s project will include special emphasis on diet and health through the study of the site’s faunal remains, and applications of watershed analysis and GIS to landscape theory and the power dynamics of British colonialism. The dynamics of coupled natural and human systems theory will be field tested in assessing the profound changes caused by cane agriculture on island ecosystems. This will be the first field season where hand-held XRF will be used to instruct students in the scientific applications of artifact analysis. The island archaeologist is Dr. Reginald Murphy, and principle investigator and field director is Dr. Georgia Fox (CSU Chico).

Scholarship Recipients

Alexis Ohman, a native Californian, is currently an MA Candidate in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She acquired an acute interest in foodways and plantation archaeology as an undergraduate, which has developed into a fascination with Caribbean zooarchaeology and the contexts that the Lesser Antillean islands have to offer. Alexis intends to start a Ph.D. program next year in order to continue this type of research, and to explore new opportunities in Caribbean zooarchaeology as they unfold.


Geneviève Godbout is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her current research concerns taste and hospitality on plantations of Antigua, Caribbean, ca.1750-1900. She uses archaeological, archaeobotanical remains, and archival data to study the contribution of the convivial consumption of food and drink to the social life of the plantation. Through her dissertation work, she hopes to clarify the role of imported metropolitan material and practices in Antiguan social habits, as well as the relative intersection of the managers’ and laborer’s social spheres, both during slavery and after Emancipation (1834). Geneviève hopes to pursue archaeological field research throughout her career, whether as an academic or heritage manager.



The Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Register of Professional Archaeologists Announce Two $500.00 Scholarships


At the recommendation of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Register of Professional Archaeologists is pleased to announce the award of two $500 scholarships. The first award is to the Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona’s Preservation Archaeology Field School, Co-Principal Investigators, Deborah L. Huntley and Jeffery J. Clark. The field school is conducting research at the Fornholt site (LA 164471), a multicomponent settlement in Mule Creek, New Mexico. Student recipients of this award include David Loome (Northern Arizona University) and Jay Stephens (University of Arizona). The second SAA award is to California State University, Northridge, Field School Co-Principal Investigators Wendy G. Teeter, Karimah Kennedy-Richardson, and Desiree Martinez, for the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project, California. The student recipient of this award is Jeni Knack, an undergraduate at UCLA in Anthropology. Both RPA-certified field schools provide opportunities for Native people or the native community to be integrated into the field school experience.



The Register of Professional Archaeologists Awards $1,000.00 to California State University, Northridge's RPA-Certified Field School


The Register of Professional Archaeologists is pleased to announce the award of a $1,000 scholarship to California State University, Northridge's RPA-certified field school. This award was made to California State University, Northridge's Field School Director, Wendy Teeter, who divided the money between two deserving students. The field school is part of the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project (PCIAP) off of the coast of southern California, with the objective of addressing inter- and intra-village relationships and cultural life of the Catalina Island Tongva.


The first $500 recipient was Rachel Nuzzo, she is an Anthropology undergrad from UCLA. Rachel commented on why the field school matters to her. She said, "To be honest, the Course Objectives section of the syllabus for the field school almost perfectly sums up what I want to accomplish with this field school. I hope to learn all I can about the Tongva and other cultures of study, learn how real excavations work, how things work in the lab, and get field experience in an area I believe I would like to concentrate on before I decide where to apply to graduate school. My area of interest is West Coast US Native American/West Coast British Columbian First Nations Archaeology. This field school fits perfectly within my area of interest, my subfield of interest, and I hope it will help give me the tools to proceed down my academic path with confidence.”

The second $500 recipient was Sarah Sederholm, she completed her BA in 2008 in Anthropology from Cal State Long Beach and is currently completing a GIS certificate from Southwestern College. With respect to her field school goals, Sarah said, "I hope to learn how to survey, excavate, and catalogue archaeological finds as well as learn to properly use a Trimble, compass and other GPS tools. I would also like the experience of meeting new people and working with others that are also equally as passionate about archaeology as I am.”

Congratulations to all!



TJ Ferguson, Jo Reese and Kim Redman Receive Awards from the Register of Professional Archaeologists

TJ Ferguson receiving the Charles R. McGimsey Award from President Lynne Sebastian


Charles R. McGimsey—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award

In the history of cultural resource management, Dr. T.J. Ferguson stands out as one of the pioneers who has worked forcefully and persistently to break down barriers between Native Americans and archaeologists and to build collaborative efforts which ensure that tribal values and archaeological perspectives are taken into consideration in resource management decisions.

Dr. Ferguson has taken the professional road less traveled. His journey began in the 1970s, when he enrolled in the University of Arizona’s MA program which contained one of the earliest CRM tracks in the United States. As a student of R. Gwinn Vivian, TJ was offered the opportunity to work at the Pueblo of Zuni, and so began a lifelong attachment to the Pueblo people.

Between 1976 and 1981 he served in a variety of capacities for the Pueblo, eventually becoming the Director of the Zuni Archaeological Program. He returned as Acting Director of the Zuni Archaeology Program and the Zuni Cultural Resources Enterprise in 1984-1985. At Zuni, he helped to train tribal members in cultural resource management, providing them with job skills and career opportunities, while implementing CRM policies that respected Zuni values and beliefs. Among other accomplishments, TJ assisted in the campaign to repatriate the War Gods, communally owned sacred objects needed to perpetuate Zuni religion, and in so doing helped to shape the concept of cultural patrimony used years later in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. He also served as an expert witness for the Pueblo of Zuni n their successful land claims case.

Since the mid-1980s TJ has worked as a consulting anthropologist for tribes in the American Southwest. Much of his work has been with the Hopi Tribe. Together with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director of the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office, TJ has written numerous reports and papers that have presented a collaborative methodology to the identification and evaluation of traditional cultural properties.

Having received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 1993, TJ was able to enter a new phase of his career beginning in 2007, when he was named a Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology. In this role, TJ helped to establish the university’s applied archaeology MA program. In 2012, he was appointed a Professor in the School of Anthropology, where he continues to coordinate the applied anthropology program, serves as editor of the University of Arizona’s anthropological papers, and at the same time continues to consult on projects to ensure that tribal values are considered as part of cultural resource management and the compliance process.

Bob McGimsey and Hester Davis blazed a trail built on ethical practices and standards of performance that archaeologists continue to follow. TJ has not simply followed this path, he has added on to it in ways that have advanced archaeological practice by ensuring that the voices and values of descendant communities are heard. We are all better for his efforts.

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is proud to present the Charles R. McGimsey—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Award for 2013 to T.J. Ferguson.


RPA 2013 Special Achievement Award


Jo Reese receiving the award from President Lynne Sebastian


The Register’s Special Achievement Award is given "in recognition of a profound and meaningful contribution to the promotion of professionalism in archaeology”. This year’s awardee has been a quiet but extremely effective instrument of change in professional archaeology, and more broadly within cultural resource management.

Jo Reese is the co-owner, co-founder and Vice President of Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc., established in 1989. AINW is based in Portland, Oregon, and has more than 30 full-time staff working throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has a Masters Degree in anthropology from Washington State University, and has been working in archaeology for 37 years (i.e. since the age of three).

Jo was an early applicant to the Register and has been an RPA since 2000. Since then she has served two distinguished terms on the RPA Board, representing the Society for American Archaeology, her second term having ended (to our great regret) just yesterday. Anyone who has encountered Jo on the RPA Board or committees will tell you that her good-nature, calm and collegial wisdom, and super glue-like tenacity are a huge asset to any organization, and the Register has been very fortunate to have her actively involved for so long.

In addition to these valuable general contributions to the Register, Jo has one very specific achievement that we are honoring here tonight. This is the development and successful launch of the Register’s Continuing Professional Education Certification Program.

After much discussion within the archaeological community, the Register’s Continuing Professional Education certification efforts began in earnest in 2007 under Jo’s leadership. By 2009 draft objectives and procedures had been outlined. Those were refined and finalized in 2011, and the procedures for submitting and reviewing certification requests were completed and announced to the world. Within a very short time, the first certified CPE offerings bearing the imprimatur of the Register were being offered, thanks to Jo’s leadership and the aforementioned super glue-like tenacity.

For her effective advocacy of professionalism in archaeological education during her many years of active commitment to the Register, the Register of Professional Archaeologists is proud to present the 2013 Special Achievement Award to Jo Reese.


Presidential Recognition Award


Kim Redman receiving a Presidential Recognition Award for her contributions to the successful completion of the Register's new exhibit, from President Lynne Sebastian



New Members Join RPA Board

Left to right: Pat Garrow, President-elect; Andrew Moore, AIA representative; Charles Cobb, AAA-AD representative; Danny Walker, Registrar; Lynne Sebastian, President; Amanda Evans, SHA representative; Doug Mitchell, Grievance Coordinator-elect; Jim Bruseth, Grievance Coordinator; Susan Chandler, SAA representative; not shown Chuck Niquette, Secretary-Treasurer

The RPA Board is happy to welcome new members Chuck Niquette, Doug Mitchell, and Susan Chandler. The Board was also very happy to welcome the Register's new banner stand exhibit, shown in the background of the photo above!




Update on Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) completed its second class, on April 19-21, at Troup Factory, Georgia. Twenty-two students successfully completed the course. As with the first class in Charles Towne Landing, the course reviews for Troup Factory were strongly positive.

Dan Elliott of the LAMAR Institute joined our teaching staff prior to the Troup Factory training, and Jo Balicki of John Milner Associates will be an instructor starting at our autumn class.

AMDA will present its third class offering, in Winchester, Virginia in November 2013. AMDA is certified under the Register of Professional Archaeologists’ continuing professional education program. The goal of the class is to provide professional archaeologists with an understanding of current best practices in metal detecting, and to provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of devices from a variety of manufacturers.
The course is offered with 16-credit and 24-credit options. Under the former, there are 8 hours of classroom work and 8 hours of field instruction/experience. Under the latter, the field portion is expanded to 16 hours and the classroom remains 8 hours. Fees will be $250 for 16 credits and $350 for 24 credits. There are spaces for 29 students, interest is strong, so folks are encouraged to sign up right away.

The classroom portion (November 15) will be held at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. The field portion (November 16, plus November 17 for the 24-credit option) will be held at Clermont Farm, a state historic site that includes standing buildings from as early as 1770 (801 East Main Street, Berryville, VA). The VA DHR management plan for Clermont Farm calls for metal detector survey in several areas of the property (see

For more information, please contact Chris Espenshade at or Patrick Severts at (770) 594-4734 or .

For an application form, please visit the New South Associates website





Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist
Winchester, VA, November 15-17, 2013

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will present its third class offering, in Winchester, Virginia in
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