Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

2015 award winner Ancient World Online, accepted by Charles E. Jones
2017 award winner Pleiades, accepted by
Tom Elliott

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, 2017

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.

2017 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: Pleiades

Pleiades ( is a collaborative, innovative, community-built gazetteer and visualization aid for ancient places and sites. Geographic data, supplied by a large network of contributors, are organized in a flexible but rigorous manner using three types of "information resource" (places, names, and locations). Scholars are permitted, under an open license, to download, use, and share the data for their own research. By establishing standardization through digital encoding, Pleiades allows scholars, researchers, teachers, students, museum educators, curators, translators, and the public to avoid common problems such as toponymic miscues and modern translation errors. The value of this robust and expansive infrastructure can be seen in applications like ToposText--a website and mobile application based on Pleiades' open topographical data that allows a reader to move through thousands of places named in hundreds of ancient texts.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award

2016 Open Context

Winner: Ancient World Online

Honorable Mentions: From Stone to Screen & Day of Archaeology

2014  Fasti Online