Each year the AAA aims to present four awards to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of members and colleagues to the field of archaeology in a number of ways. This call for nominations sets out the criteria for each each of the four awards and the requirements of nominations. If you wish to nominate someone who was nominated for the same award last year, but was unsuccessful, there is no need to resend your nomination documents. Please just let the President know you wish to renominate that person, and last year’s nomination will be rolled over to this year.
1. Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology
The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Isabel McBryde (2003), John Mulvaney (2004), Sean Ulm (2017) and Harry Allen (2018). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, as well as a full list of the nominee’s publications (in addition to the one page nomination). Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material. Nominations longer than one page will not be read.
2. John Mulvaney Book Award
The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It acknowledges the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to the archaeology of the continent of Australia, the Pacific, Papua-New Guinea and South-East Asia, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest, reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney’s life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Val Attenbrow for Sydney’s Aboriginal Past (2004), Mike Morwood & Penny Van Oosterzee for The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that changed the Face of Human History (2007), and Nina Kononenko for Experimental and Archaeological Studies of Use-Wear and Residues on Obsidian Artefacts from Papua New Guinea (2012). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.
Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2017, 2018 or 2019). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included. Nominations longer than one page will not be read.
3. The Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement
This Award celebrates the important contribution that Bruce Veitch (1957-2005) made to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce’s close collaboration with traditional owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has had long-standing and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities during archaeological or cultural heritage projects which have produced significant outcomes for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Annie Ross (2008), Ian McNiven (2012) and Mel Marshall (2017). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.
Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce successful outcomes. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include supporting statements from relevant Indigenous individuals or community organisations.
4. Life Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include J. Peter White (2003), Luke Kirkwood (2004), Lynley Wallis (2012), and Jacq Mathews (2016). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.
Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association. Nominations longer than one page will not be read.
Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Awards Sub-Committee and the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Nominations to be addressed to the President at:
Mark your nomination “private & confidential”
and sent to arrive no later than 30 October 2019