Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

2015 award winner Ancient World Online, accepted by Charles E. Jones
2019 award winner Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment, accepted by Shawn Graham 

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 alongside 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, 2019

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 Ann Benbow at

2019 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment

Award citation:

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2019 Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology to The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment.

The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment (ODATE) is an innovative open-access, digital laboratory and e-textbook project. ODATE brings together collections of interactive live-coding notebooks written in Python or R and provides reusable, replicable, and reproducible datasets and coding spaces for learning digital methods in archaeology. These notebooks are integrated with an open-sourced textbook that can be remixed into coursepacks. ODATE encourages the creation, use, and re-use of digital archaeological data in meaningful ways that enriches our knowledge of past societies. It is a first for our discipline and will be an invaluable to students at all levels, from high school to graduate school.

For its impact as a unique pedagogical resource, for its usability and accessibility, and for developing innovative digital methods and techniques, The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment is a most deserving recipient of the 2019 Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology.

2019 Honorable Mention: Field Acquired Information Management Systems (FAIMS) Project


Past Winners of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award

2018 The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project
2017 Pleiades
2016 Open Context

Winner: Ancient World Online

Honorable Mentions: From Stone to Screen & Day of Archaeology

2014  Fasti Online