The Ulm-Ross Prize


The Ulm-Ross Prize is awarded to the authors of what is considered to be the best paper in the Association’s flagship journal Australian Archaeology. The Prize was first awarded in 2012 to recognise the achievements of the former AA Editors, Annie Ross and Sean Ulm, in raising the standard and profile of the journal. Papers are judged by a panel including the current and former Australian Archaeology Editors, the previous year’s winner(s) of the Prize and selected external experts on the basis of the following criteria:

1.  Novelty/originality (opening new avenues for research)
2.  Clarity of expression
3.  Contribution to substantive debate and/or the ‘big picture’ of the discipline
4.  Contribution to research more generally


 Year  Author(s)  Paper Title
2019 Adam Brumm Lightning teeth and Ponari sweat: folk theories and magical uses of prehistoric stone axes (and adzes) in Southeast Asia and the origin of thunderbolt beliefs
2016 Ian McNiven, Joe Crouch, Thomas Richards, Kale Sniderman, Nic Dolby and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Phased redevelopment of an ancient Gunditjmara fish trap over the past 800 years: Muldoons Trap Complex, Lake Condah, southwestern Victoria
2014 Jo McDonald and Peter Veth Rock art in arid landscapes: Pilbara and Western Desert petroglyphs
2013 ben Gunn, Ray Whear and Leigh Douglas Dating the present at Nawarla Gabarnmang: Time and function in the art of a major Jawoyn rock art and occupation site in western Arnhem Land
2012 Adam Brumm and Mark Moore Biface distributions and the Movius Line: A Southeast Asian perspective