Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

2015 award winner Ancient World Online, accepted by Charles E. Jones
2015 award winner Ancient World Online, accepted by
Charles E. Jones

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, 2015 Extended to October 1, 2015

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 617-353-9361.

2015 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award: Ancient World Online

The Ancient World Online (AWOL) is a project of Charles E. Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities at the Pattee Library, Penn State University. AWOL began with a series of entries under the heading AWOL on the Ancient World Bloggers Group Blog. It was moved to the current blogging platform in 2009. The goal of the project is simple but significant: to “notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world.” The blog serves as a major hub for online and open-access material relating to the ancient world, regardless of where it is published. The blog and daily newsletter serves as an informative and concise digest of open-access information from across the ancient world. This blog helps the dissemination of knowledge, while also promoting open-access resources. In meeting this goal, AWOL has been remarkably successful, serving archaeological information to more 1.1 million unique visitors to the site since its inception in 2009, nearly a quarter of which return to the site for more.

2015 Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Honorable Mentions:

From Stone to Screen (

Day of Archaeology (

These two projects were selected as honorable mentions, as they fulfill the mission of the Archaeological Institute of America to bring archaeology to a wider public and to educate the public about the archaeological heritage and shared past of humanity.  The Award Committee also commend these projects for being collaborative and student-led. By engaging with digital technology for both research and outreach, the work of these students will help to bring archaeology to the next generation of scholars and students, as well as to the interested public.


Past Winners of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award

2014 Fasti Online