Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

2014 award winner Fasti Online, accepted by Elizabeth Fentress
2014 award winner Fasti Online, accepted by Elizabeth Fentress

Digital technologies are driving important changes in archaeology.  Despite the increasing acceptance of digital technology in daily life, however, determining how to assess digital scholarship has proved difficult: many universities remain unsure about how to evaluate digital work along side more traditional forms of print publication when faced with tenure and promotion decisions.  Recognizing the value of digital scholarship, and aiming to encourage its practice, the AIA offers this award to honor projects, groups, and individuals that deploy digital technology in innovative ways in the realms of excavation, research, teaching, publishing, or outreach.

Criteria for Selection 
Nominations of projects and individuals are welcome. Nominations may be made by anyone, including the project director or the principal members of the team responsible for the digital creation. Nominations of collaborative projects are encouraged. At least one member of the leadership team, or any individual nominee, must be a member in good standing of the AIA. Please submit the AIA membership number(s) with the nomination.

Due Date for Nomination
September 15, 2015

Materials to Be Submitted

Additional Information
Because the field of digital archaeology is still nascent and the application of digital technologies to archaeology is in constant flux, the committee reserves the right to modify this award as the field evolves.  Furthermore, the committee also reserves the right not give the award if no deserving project is nominated. 

Questions about the award should be directed to Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator, at or 617-353-9361.

2014 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: Fasti Online

Elizabeth Fentress has worked as a field archaeologist since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, earning her MA from the University of London and PhD from Oxford. Her chief interest is in the archaeology of the longue durée in the Mediterranean; to this end she has directed projects in Italy (Cosa, Marsala, Alatri, Villa Magna), Tunisia (Jerba, Utica), Algeria (Sétif, Diana Veteranorum) and Morocco (Volubilis), collaborating in almost all cases with local partners. In the process, Dr. Fentress has tried to create a model of what American archaeology abroad can be: collaborative rather than colonial, with a strong emphasis on the formation of students from all nationalities in the techniques of archaeological excavation, from digging through publication. This was the aim of the Summer Program in Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome, which she created and co-directed with Malcolm Bell and Russell Scott for 10 years. Her role as Mellon Professor at the AAR (1995-8) can be seen in the same light: opening up the institution to its Roman context. The Fasti Online is a natural outgrowth of this view, bringing together the archaeology of a number of countries in a single website which is greater than the sum its individual parts.