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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Presented by the Register of Professional Archaeologists in recognition of a profound and meaningful contribution to the promotion of professionalism in archaeology. This award may be given to one or more individuals, one or more organizations, or a combination of individuals or organizations. Initial award presented in 2005.

  • 2015 Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • 2013 Jo Reese
  • 2012 The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2011 Paul R. Green
  • 2010 Willem Williams
  • 2009 Laurie Rush
  • 2008 William Lees
  • 2007 Ed Jelks
  • 2006 Charles R. "Chip" McGimsey
  • 2005 Utah Professional Archaeological Council
  • 2005 State Archaeologist, Kevin T. Jones

CHARLES R. MCGIMSEY III—HESTER A. DAVIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (MCGIMSEY-DAVIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD)

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. Initial award presented in 2005.

  • 2018 Margaret W. Conkey
  • 2017 James Bruseth
  • 2016 Charles M. Niquette
  • 2015 William B. Lees
  • 2014 Jeff Altschul
  • 2013 Thomas Emerson
  • 2013 T.J. Ferguson
  • 2012 Michael (Sonny) Trimble
  • 2011 Donald Hardesty
  • 2010 Donald Weir
  • 2009 Lynne Sebastian
  • 2008 Don Fowler
  • 2007 Fred Wendorf, Jr.
  • 2006 William Lipe
  • 2005 Hester A. Davis
  • 2005 Charles R. McGimsey III

PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Granted at-will by the incumbent president for various reasons relating to service to the organization or the professional and discipline of Archaeology. Initial award presented in 2004.

  • 2018 Patricia G. Markert
  • 2017 Department of Anthropology, Florida State University
  • 2016 Nathaniel Sack
  • 2016 Garland F. Niquette
  • 2014 Danny Walker
  • 2014 Amanda Evans
  • 2013 Jim Bruseth
  • 2013 Kim Redman
  • 2012 Terry Klein
  • 2011 Julie B. King
  • 2008 Chuck Niquette and Jeff Altschul
  • 2004 Edmond B. Jelks

JOHN F. SEIBERLING AWARD

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. Seiberling himself received the first award. The award was intended to recognize significant and sustained efforts in the conservation of archeological resources by an individual or group. Initial award presented in 1986.

  • 2018 U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)
  • 2017 U.S. Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)
  • 2015 U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
  • 2015 U.S. Congressman Christopher Gibson
  • 2014 Marion Werkheiser
  • 2010 Nellie Longsworth
  • 1997 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • 1996 Loretta Newman
  • 1995 Hon. Wyche Fowler
  • 1994 Hester A. Davis
  • 1992 Hon. Charles Bennett
  • 1992 The Archaeological Conservancy
  • 1991 Robert L. Stevenson
  • 1990 Fred Wendorf
  • 1987 Larry D. Banks
  • 1986 John F. Seiberling

SOPA’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

SOPA’s Distinguished Service Award was established in 1989 and first bestowed in 1990. It was initially meant to honor long-term service to SOPA, but was later expanded to encompass service to the profession as a whole.

  • 1997 Richard D. Daugherty
  • 1996 Brian A. Fagan
  • 1995 Hon. Robert Gettleman
  • 1994 Edward B. Jelks
  • 1993 Bennie Keel
  • 1992 J. Ned Woodall
  • 1991 Charles E. Cleland
  • 1990 Hester A. Davis

SOPA’S SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SOPA’s Special Achievement Award was also established in 1989 and first given out in 1990. The intent was to recognize good works in teaching, research, preservation, public service, etc. There could be one or more granted in a particular year, and in some cases the citation was for multiple individuals working together (like 1993’s ARPA law enforcement training instructors).

  • 1997 Robert M. Thorne
  • 1996 Peter A. Young
  • 1995 Francis P. McManamom
  • 1994 Thomas L. Sever
  • 1993 Martin McAllister
  • 1993 Elwood Jones
  • 1993 Sherry Hutt
  • 1993 Margaret Kimball Brown
  • 1992 Charles M. Niquette
  • 1991 John A. Walthall
  • 1990 Martin McAllister
  • 1990 J. Barto Arnold III

SOPA began granting Emeritus Status and Life Membership in 1990 and thereafter bestowed it occasionally by board vote upon recommendation of the Awards Committee. [As these honorees are to be maintained in the board book or directory, they are marked here with asterisk indicating “deceased” as appropriate]

  • 1996 Charles R. McGimsey III*
  • 1996 John L. Cotter *
  • 1992 Edward B. Jelks
  • 1992 Irving B. Rouse *
  • 1990 Jesse Jennings *
  • 1990 James B. Griffin *

SOPA PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

The SOPA Presidential Recognition Award was granted at-will by the incumbent president for various reasons related to distinguished service in the profession and discipline of Archaeology.

  • Year President / Recipient
  • 1996 Fred Wendorf / Charles R. McGimsey
  • 1996 Fred Wendorf / Charles E. Cleland
  • 1996 Fred Wendorf / Lisa M. Hill
  • 1995 Larry D. Banks / Vergil E. Noble
  • 1995 Larry D. Banks / Michael J. Moratto
  • 1995 Larry D. Banks / Mark J. Lynott
  • 1995 Larry D. Banks / William B. Lees


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