Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
The AIA Gold Medal Award Committee invites nominations for the award to be presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting. This award is made annually in recognition of a scholar who has made distinguished contributions to archaeology through research and/or field work. The recipient of this award will be presented with the medal and a citation documenting their outstanding achievements and a symposium will be held in their honor at the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented.
Criteria for Selection
Candidates for the award should normally be members of the Archaeological Institute of America. As this award is for contributions to archaeology on the basis of distinguished research and field work, the strongest (and generally the most appropriate) candidates are typically senior scholars who are at a relatively advanced stage in their careers. Therefore, this award could be considered analogous to a lifetime achievement award – that is, distinguished achievement over a career (although not necessarily at the end of a career). The candidate’s primary achievement should be in the category of research and/or field work, although other types of contributions, for example through teaching, service, or museum work may be considered as additional factors in support of the nomination. The committee is charged not only with considering nominations received from others, but with actively soliciting nominations for this award, and with selecting the best candidate. Nominations remain active for three years. In the event the committee members agree there are no deserving candidates among the nominees, the Gold Medal will not be awarded that year.
As per the AIA’s Conflict of Interest Policy, all current AIA trustees, employees, and officers (including ex officio) and their families are ineligible for nomination for this award.
Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than November 15, 2019. Electronic submission is preferred.
Materials to Be Submitted
Completed nominations should include: (a) a substantive letter of nomination setting out the grounds for the nomination and supported by three or more letters from scholars in North America or abroad discussing the nominee's qualifications for the award; (b) a CV or outline of the nominee's career and contributions to archaeology; (c) a list of the nominee's publications. All materials will be handled confidentially.
The Honorary Symposium
The Gold Medal Committee and the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting request that nomination packets include suggestions for potential organizers and/or participants for a symposium to be held at the Annual Meeting in honor of the successful nominee.
Please send all nomination materials to:
Gold Medal Committee
Attn: Awards Department
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
2019 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement: Curtis Runnels
The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2019 Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement to Dr. Curtis Runnels.
Curtis Runnels changed the way the world understands the prehistory of the Aegean area, thanks to his extensive fieldwork, his extraordinary number and range of publications, his teaching, and his unparalleled ability to communicate to broad and varied audiences. He has transformed archaeological field methods in the southern Balkans, and has made landmark discoveries that have changed the very textbooks we use.
Runnels' archaeological interests are broad, ranging from early prehistory to Roman coins, ethnography to disciplinary history. One of the first to introduce systematic archaeological survey to Greece, his work has revolutionized our understanding of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, and the very way research in the Stone Ages is now conducted.
Under his decade-long leadership of the Journal of Field Archaeology, the journal increased dramatically in visibility and impact, moving up to the rank of 13th of 239 international journals in the category of Archaeology.
An exceptional scholar, teacher, and editor, Runnels has championed a multifaceted conceptual approach that integrates specialized studies and scientific analysis into understanding site histories and regional connections. For all of these reasons, Curtis Runnels has richly earned the highest honor the AIA can bestow, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.
Past Winners of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
|2017||John R. Clarke|
|2016||Malcolm (Mac) Bell III|
|2015||C. Brian Rose|
|2014||L. Hugh Sackett|
|2013||Jeremy B. Rutter|
|2012||Lawrence Richardson, jr|
|2011||Susan Irene Rotroff|
|2009||Henry Tutwiler Wright|
|2006||Maria C. Shaw and Joseph W. Shaw|
|2004||David B. Stronach|
|2002||Robert McCormick Adams|
|2001||Emmett L. Bennett, Jr.|
|1999||Patty Jo Watson|
|1998||Anna Marguerite McCann|
|1997||Clemency Chase Coggins|
|1996||Wilhelmina F. Jashemski|
|1995||R. Ross Holloway|
|1993||Charles Kaufman Williams, II|
|1992||Evelyn Byrd Harrison|
|1991||Machteld J. Mellink|
|1990||John W. Hayes|
|1989||Virginia R. Grace|
|1988||Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway and John Desmond Clark|
|1987||Dorothy Burr Thompson|
|1986||George F. Bass|
|1985||Saul S. Weinberg and Gladys Davidson Weinberg|
|1983||James Bennet Pritchard|
|1982||Peter H. von Blanckenhagen|
|1981||William Andrew McDonald|
|1980||John Langdon Caskey|
|1978||George M.A. Hanfmann|
|1976||Lucy Shoe Meritt|
|1973||Gordon R. Willey|
|1972||Homer A. Thompson|
|1971||Robert John Braidwood|
|1970||George E. Mylonas|
|1969||Oscar Theodore Broneer, Rhys Carpenter, and William B. Dinsmoor, Sr.|
|Gisela Marie Augusta Richter|
|1967||William Foxwell Albright|
|1965||Carl W. Blegen|