SAAarchaeologicalrecord - Society for American Archaeology

SAAarchaeologicalrecord - Society for American Archaeology


work by a leading scholar of hunter-gatherer lifeways, which

offers a way for archaeologists to use ethnographic data to both

learn something new and avoid the pitfalls of circularity inherent

in the use of analogy. The volume is predicated on the Julian

Stewardian assumption that human behavior can best be understood

as a solution to problems posed by the environment, both

social and natural. He investigates the relations between nature

and behavior by compiling exhaustive cross-cultural and crossenvironmental

data about recent hunter-gatherers and the

parameters of the natural environment in which they lived. Similarities

can be found because there is a finite number of solutions

to the problems that confront foraging people.



Occasionally, the SAA’s Book Award

Committee makes an award for an outstanding

contribution to the public

understanding of archaeology. This

year’s second book award recognizes

Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of

New York City, by Anne-Marie Cantwell

and Diana diZerega Wall, published by

Yale University Press in 2001, as the

recipient of the Society’s Book Award for

a book aimed at a poplar audience. The

authors pursue New York City as a single

archaeological site viewed through time.

It typifies the kind of volume that would

draw the interested layperson into

archaeology, and their treatment of the

African Burial Ground project is a

remarkable object-lesson in drawing the

community into archaeology. The city is made to come alive in

this engaging and open narrative of the life history of a city. The

sense of place never wavers. The volume is not only based on

sound archaeological scholarship, it is well written and beautifully

produced. We commend the authors for an excellent example

of outreach to public awareness.

Crabtree Award


The 2002 SAA Crabtree Award is presented

to Richard A. Bice of Albuquerque,

New Mexico. Mr. Bice is a

retired engineer with a distinguished

career at Los Alamos and Sandia National

Laboratories in the development of

nuclear weapons, environmental testing

equipment, and solar energy. Serving

two terms on the Albuquerque City Commission and other

boards, he was instrumental in establishing the Museum of

Albuquerque and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

As a charter member of the Albuquerque Archaeological Society

(AAS) and a long-term Trustee of the Archaeological Society

of New Mexico (ASNM), he established the ASNM amateur certification

program in 1972. As Field Supervisor and Director of

the ASNM Field School, he became known as a meticulous

archaeologist who maintains the highest standards of fieldwork,

analysis, and reporting. Through his efforts, AAS and ASNM

have cooperated with university and federal agency research

projects. He has published over 20 articles and monographs

detailing his research on various Basketmaker, Pueblo, and Hispanic

communities. His contribution to American archaeology

includes published research, amateur education, and development

of two wonderful museums for the education of children

and the general public.

Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Management


Laurence W. Spanne is the Historic

Preservation Officer and Chief of Cultural

Resources at Vandenberg Air Force

Base. Major projects during his 19 years

of tenure include the MX, ICBM and

Peacekeeper Missiles, Space Shuttle, and

Space Launch Complexes as well as a

basewide inventory of prehistoric and

Cold War resources, all digitized in GIS.

Mr. Spanne developed an outstanding public outreach program

to the local Chumash tribe and to the local community through

tours, exhibits, brochures, and popular histories of the area. He

has also taught classes at Allan Hancock College and UC Santa

Barbara for over 30 years, infusing an appreciation for archaeology

into hundreds of students through local field trips.

Mr. Spanne’s efforts to increase support for historic preservation

on VAFB include showcasing its complex heritage

resources and natural environment in discussions, papers and

slide shows at Department of Defense workshops and symposia.

His work to involve the local Chumash in VAFB land

management resulted in a 1998 Air Force decision to allow the

Santa Ynez Band to hunt and fish on base lands for the first time

in 150 years.

32 The SAA Archaeological Record • May 2002

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