Hester A. Davis, William Lipe, and Charles R. McGimsey, III— 2006 Conservation and Heritage Management Award

Award Citation:

The Archaeological Institute of America has the honor of presenting the 2006 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to three individuals whose careers have advanced the investigation, interpretation, and protection of archaeological sites, collections, and records in the United States. The combined work of Hester A. Davis, William Lipe, and Charles R. McGimsey, III, has influenced archaeological and cultural resource management practices extending well beyond national borders. 

Hester A. Davis is a national leader in the organization of state and local advocates for archaeological resource protection. She has worked tirelessly for the development and implementation of volunteer archaeology programs at both the local and national level. Her work has focused attention on destruction as part of publicly funded and/or permitted activities. William Lipe presented a view of archaeological sites as a non-renewable resource to be not only investigated, but also preserved. After co-organizing the first national Cultural Resource Management meeting, he co-authored the first detailed text on the theory, legal basis, method, and practice of what has become CRM policy.  Charles R. McGimsey, III has led the effort to professionalize the archaeological discipline, by creating and enforcing professional ethics and standards. He has directed efforts to expand federal responsibilities to take into account the archaeological resources that are affected by federal construction projects and those funded, permitted, or licensed by federal agencies.

These three individuals have been articulate and vocal advocates for protecting the archaeological record, and have been instrumental in continuing the work started one hundred years ago with the 1906 American Antiquities Act. In recognition of this important anniversary, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to honor Hester A. Davis, William Lipe, and Charles R. McGimsey, III for their collective accomplishments. Together, their work and publications have had a significant impact upon archaeological heritage management practices within the United States, as well as contributing to the study of the field throughout the world.

On behalf of the Archaeological Institute of America, it is a privilege to present the 2006 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to Hester A. Davis, William Lipe, and Charles R. McGimsey, III.

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