Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

2015 award winner Ancient World Online, accepted by Charles E. Jones
2018 award winner The Pompeii Bibliography and
Mapping Project, accepted by Eric Poehler

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 17, 2018

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 857-305-9350.

2018 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project

The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project ( produces a landscape of publications for the site, integrating centuries of scholarly work with the space of the city itself to create a unified, biodirectional interface. One of the strengths of this growing project is that it integrates traditional scholarship with innovative digital tools like GIS with online interface. It thus brings over two centuries of references together with the notoriously long and complicated history of mapping Pompeii. This resource enhances and improves research on Pompeii, offering an easy to navigate interface of value to researchers from different disciplines, as well as teachers, librarians, and students of all ages.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award

2017 Pleiades
2016 Open Context

Winner: Ancient World Online

Honorable Mentions: From Stone to Screen & Day of Archaeology

2014  Fasti Online