Felicia A. Holton Book Award


2019 Holton Book winner Timothy Matney 

The Felicia A. Holton Book Award will be given annually to a writer who, through a major work of non-fiction, represented the importance and excitement of archaeology to the general public. Submissions should focus on archaeology but may also delve into literary and historical topics. The work must have been published in English and bear a date of publication within three calendar years prior to (not including) the year in which the book is considered for an award. From time to time, the Holton Award may be given for lifetime achievement in non-fiction popular writing. Books written by current members of the Governing Board of the AIA or the CAA or by the Committee are not eligible.

Authors and publishers may bring their books to the committee's attention by sending a Letter of Nomination and four sample copies for distribution to the committee to the address below. The Letter of Nomination should address how the book nominated fulfills the guidelines. AIA members are also encouraged to suggest books worthy of the award by filling out the nomination form. Please note that individual AIA members do not need to submit four books. The AIA office will contact the publisher directly. Books may be submitted for the award only once, and should not be re-submitted unless specifically requested by the committee.

Due Date for Nomination

Letter of nomination and books should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than February 1, 2019.

Holton Book Award
Attn: Awards
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
(857) 305-9350
E-mail: awards@archaeological.org

Questions about the Book Award may be directed to the above address.

Guidelines for the Felicia A. Holton Book Award

The Holton Book Award is given annually to a writer who, through a major work of non-fiction, represents the importance and excitement of archaeology to the general public. This is a jointly sponsored award of the AIA and the Center for American Archaeology (CAA).

Submissions (by authors, publishers, or AIA members) should focus on archaeology but may also delve into literary and historical topics. The work must have been published in English, be available in the United States and Canada, and bear a date of publication within three calendar years prior to (not including) the year in which the award will be presented. No nominated book may be resubmitted for the Holton Award unless requested by the Holton Book Award Committee. From time to time the Holton Award may be given for lifetime achievement in non-fiction popular writing. Books written by current members of the Governing Board of the AIA, the CAA or of the Committee are not eligible.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019 at the AIA office in Boston. Submission materials should include four copies of the book and a letter describing how the book fulfills the criteria given below.

The Holton Book Award will be presented at the annual AIA meeting.

Criteria for Submissions

The work should have broad public appeal and be written for an adult lay audience in a clear and engaging style. It should convey the excitement of archaeological discovery accurately and responsibly. It should be well-researched and provide new insight for the general public.

Recipients

2019 Felicia A. Holton Book Award: Ziyaret Tepe: Exploring the Anatolian frontier of the Assyrian Empire by Timothy Matney 

Award Citation:

The ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA and the Center for American Archaeology are pleased to present the 2019 Felicia A. Holton Book Award, for a major work of nonfiction written for the general public,

to Timothy Matney and his project team for their book “Ziyaret Tepe: Exploring the Anatolian frontier of the Assyrian Empire” (Cornucopia Books, 2017).

This book is an in-depth, detailed look at field archaeology during the eighteen years of excavations in Turkey led by Professor Matney that ran from 1997 to 2014.  Day to day operations, the interpretation and evaluation of finds, conservation and presentation are all covered, with many striking photos to support the narrative.  It brings the daily work of this extended, multi-year dig to vivid life for general readers in a way that genuinely excites an interest in archaeology.

This citation also acknowledges Professor Matney’s three co-authors, John MacGinnis, Dirk Wicke and Kemalettin Köroğlu, along with the contributions from the rest of the project team over the life of the dig. 

It is a pleasure to recognize Ziyaret Tepe as the worthy recipient of the 2019 Felicia A. Holton Book Award.

 

Past Winners of the Felicia A. Holton Book Award

2018 Robert L. Kelly: The Fifth Beginning - What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About Our Future
2017 Miranda Aldhouse-Green: Bog Bodies Uncovered - Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery
2016 Patrick Vinton Kirch: A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai’i 
2015 Allan Meyers: Outside the Hacienda Walls:  the Archaeology of Plantation Peonage in Nineteenth-Century Yucatan
2014 Joyce Tyldesley: Tutankhamen 
2013 Andrew Wallace-Hadrill:  Herculaneum: Past and Future

Lifetime Achievement:  Brian Fagan 

2012 Jack W. Brink:  Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains
2011 Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster: Civilization of Ancient Iraq (winner);

Patrick McGovern: Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer and Other Alcoholic Beverages (honorable mention)