Nicholas P. Stanley-Price— 2004 Conservation and Heritage Management Award
The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased and honored to present its award for outstanding achievement in the area of conserving archaeological sites and collections to Dr. Nicholas P. Stanley-Price, Director-General of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).
Nicholas Stanley-Price is widely considered to be the most accomplished and influential figure in the field of archaeological site conservation today. He earned this position through his dedication to this topic since the early 1980's when he coordinated the first international workshop on this topic in Nicosia, Cyprus, which resulted in ICCROM's seminal publication entitled Conservation on Archaeological Excavations. Holding a D.Phil. in Archaeology from Oxford University (1976), and having subsequently gained considerable training and experience in conservation science, Dr. Stanley-Price has almost unique qualifications for his specialty in conserving and presenting archaeological sites and related matters. He has published numerous articles and has served as editor for several journals and special publications that have done much to soundly and properly place archaeological conservation within the general field of cultural heritage management. Seeing the need for a specialty publication in this profoundly important and relevant subject, Dr. Stanley-Price has served as founder and editor since 1996 of the journal Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (James & James Ltd., London) that regularly offers the most current thinking in the field today.
Through his role as deputy director of the Training Program at the Getty Conservation Institute from 1987- 1995, his teaching and administrative roles at the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London (1998-2000), and since 2000 as Director-General of ICCROM, Dr. Stanley-Price has been influential in implementing constructive action in conserving archaeological sites throughout the world and in educating a considerable number of students and colleagues. His numerous consultancies to various organizations and his first hand involvement at a number of archaeological sites are testament to his commitment and approach to addressing real problems in archeological conservation.
As all archaeologists and conservation professionals know, the task of conserving archaeological sites and artifacts represents one of greatest challenges faced in the entire field of heritage conservation. Despite the myriad physical and technical difficulties that are often encountered with this special facet of both archaeology and conservation, Dr. Nicholas Stanley-Price has steadfastly and constructively worked in this most difficult of specialties and has significantly advanced its progress for over two decades.
On behalf of the Archaeological Institute of America it is a special pleasure to award this much-deserved 2004 Conservation and Heritage Management Award to Dr. Nicholas Stanley-Price.