Register of Professional Archaeologists Awards 2017
The Register of Professional Archaeologists (the Register) congratulates its award recipients!
The Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. James Bruseth, RPA 11186. The Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards given by the Register. It is awarded for “recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist for achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service.” This year’s recipient, Jim Bruseth, personifies the service to the Register and profession exemplified by Charles R. McGimsey and Hester Davis
The John F. Seiberling Award was presented to Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. Senator Portman has been a national political leader on issues affecting the practice of archaeology in the United States. Senator Portman has successfully enacted several pieces of legislation that offer pragmatic, bi-partisan solutions to the challenges of balancing development and protection of America’s cultural resources. These include the Federal Permitting Improvement Act (FAST-41) and the National Parks Service Centennial Act. He has co-introduced the National Park Service Legacy Act, bipartisan legislation that would address the $12 billion maintenance backlog at the National Park Service. These initiatives follow six terms of service in the House of Representatives with equal accomplishments. The Register is honored to award the John F. Seiberling Award to Senator Rob Portman for serving as a leading voice for historic preservation in the U.S. Senate.
The Presidential Recognition Award was given to the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University (FSU). Most notably, FSU’s Anthropology Department requires Register certification for archaeology faculty and this is a formal part of the Department’s hiring criteria. Additionally, the Department was the first to have a Register-certified field school. With a history of faculty service to the Register, and an on-going effort to have graduate students ready for registration at graduation, FSU’s Department of Anthropology is a worthy award recipient and is leading the academy on archaeological professionalism.
This year, recipients of the awards were acknowledged at the Society for Historical Archaeology 2018 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Register thanks the Society for Historical Archaeology for generously providing time for the Register at their awards ceremony.