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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
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.
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).
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.
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
The Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Register of Professional Archaeologists Announce Two $500.00 Scholarships
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
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.
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 www.clermontfarm.org).
For more information, please contact Chris Espenshade at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Severts at (770) 594-4734 or Pseverts@newsouthassoc.com .
For an application form, please visit the New South Associates website.
Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist
Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (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.
Winchester, VA, November 15-17, 2013
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 have not yet been finalized, but earlier classes were $250 for 16 credits and $350 for 24 credits.
The classroom portion (November 15) will be held at Shenandoah University. The field portion (November 16, plus November 17 for the 24-credit option) will be held at Clermont Farm, a state historic site. The VA DHR management plan for Clermont Farm calls for metal detector survey in several areas of the property.
For more information please contact Chris Espenshade at email@example.com or Patrick Severts at (770) 594-4734 or Pseverts@newsouthassoc.com . If you send an e-mail expressing your interest, we will update you as more information becomes finalized.
For additional information, please visit the New South Associates website.
Announcing the RPA Field School Scholarship!
The Register of Professional Archaeologists announces its Field School Scholarships, which are awarded annually to students from RPA-certified field schools. One scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded by each of three of RPA’s sponsoring institutions (AAA, SAA, SHA) to the director of an RPA-certified field school. The director will then be free to award the scholarship to a deserving student or students. New field school certification applications must be submitted by February 28, 2013, to be considered in the 2013 scholarship pool.
All currently certified field schools are automatically eligible for the scholarships. SAA and AAA require that the field school director be a member of their respective organizations in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from that organization. SHA does not have such a requirement for its scholarship. Scholarships will be announced at the 2013 RPA Awards Reception on April 4, 2013, at the SAA meeting in Honolulu.
What is RPA Field School Certification?
RPA Certification means that your field school has met a set of professional standards covering five areas:
- Purpose. The field school must have both an explicit research design and an explicit curriculum design that integrates research with student education.
- Personnel. The Director or Principal Investigator of the field school must be a Registered Professional Archaeologist.
- Operational Procedure. The field School must include formal instruction on field techniques including excavation, survey, and laboratory work.
- Field Procedure. The field school must include proper data recovery and recording techniques.
- Sponsor. The sponsoring institution must provide appropriate resources for laboratory work, curation, and publication/distribution of the research results.
Why Certify Your Field School?
Field schools are the training ground for the next generation of archaeologists and an important public face of archaeology. They should display our discipline’s highest standards of research and site stewardship. Both students and prospective employers can be confident that a certified field school meets established professional standards.
Benefits of certification include:
- National recognition of your field school's high standards of student training and site recording
- Advertisement of your field school on RPA and RPA-affiliated websites
- Eligibility for RPA student field school scholarships
Is your field school already certified? Congratulations! You are automatically eligible for one of these scholarships.