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SAAarchaeologicalrecord - Society for American Archaeology


Award for Excellence in Public Education


This award is

presented to

AnthroNotes, a

publication of

the Smithsonian


Department of


Over the past 23

years, 60 issues of AnthroNotes have been published and distributed

free of charge to educators across the United States and

throughout the world. With a current circulation of 9,000, it is a

major vehicle of public outreach and education. AnthroNotes

provides readers with the latest developments in archaeological

and anthropological research, but does so in an engaging and

accessible style. Comprised of lead articles, tested teaching

activities, and community resources, it is an invaluable tool for

schoolteachers, archaeologists, anthropologists, and museum

professionals who are interested in the wider dissemination of

anthropological and archaeological knowledge.

AnthroNotes has, for more than two decades, set a standard for

producing educational materials about archaeology and anthropology

that are useful to those working in pre-college, museum,

and university settings. It was one of the early pioneers for public

education in these fields and has been a model for others to

follow. There is no doubt that AnthroNotes has made a difference

in the understanding of archaeology and anthropology by

countless students and teachers. The publication and its editorial

staff well deserve the acknowledgment that comes with this


Gene S. Stuart Award


Given in recognition of outstanding

efforts to enhance public understanding

of archaeology, the 2002 Gene S. Stuart

Award is presented to Chip Minty. In

three articles published in The Daily

Oklahoman, Minty captures the wonder

of Mesa Verde’s archaeology, compelling

the reader to visit Mesa Verde National

Park as well as Crow Canyon Archaeological

Center and Ute Mountain Tribal

Park. The reader is drawn to the majesty of the many sites and

the human stories they contain. In reporting investigations of

the “abandonment” of the Four Corners region, Minty assembles

evidence and explanations, including intercommunity

strife, drought, global cooling, denuded forests, cannibalism,

and overarching social forces. Addressing his local audience,

Minty cites research of an Oklahoman archaeologist who argues

that a great drought was the last straw for the farming people of

Mesa Verde and for those at the Spiro site in eastern Oklahoma.

Minty reaches the reader with text and photographs that convey

the wonder and beauty of Mesa Verde’s sites. He uses the words

of a Ute guide to express the spiritual impact of visits to the

sites. His balanced and accessible treatment of the scientific

investigations fosters greater public understanding of the goals

of archaeology.

Lifetime Achievement Award


Jaime Litvak King has been one of the

giants in Mesoamerican archaeology for

more than forty years and is widely

admired throughout the scholarly world.

A highly productive researcher, he was

responsible for important fieldwork at

Xochicalco and other key sites; his

numerous publications are wide ranging,

covering exchange routes, settlement

patterns, quantitative methods, and the Mesoamerican

culture area, as well as influential popular writing. He has

trained and inspired large numbers of undergraduate and graduate

archaeology students, including many leading figures in

Mexican archaeology today. He also has served as a very important

liaison between both the worlds of academia and the general

public and the Mexican and U.S. archaeological communities.

In institution building, he has few peers, especially as

regards his leadership of the Anthropological Research Institute

at the National University of Mexico (the UNAM). He clearly

deserves significant credit for the vitality of Mexican archaeology

today and is an outstanding choice for the Society’s Lifetime

Achievement Award.

Dienje Kenyon Memorial Fellowship


The Dienje Kenyon Fellowship is presented is presented in

honor of Dienje Kenyon and in support of research by women

students in archaeology. The 2001 Dienje Kenyon Fellowship is

awarded to Ms. Elizabeth Espey of the University of Manitoba.

34 The SAA Archaeological Record • May 2002

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