Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement

2017 Winner John R. Clarke

The AIA Gold Medal Award Committee invites nominations for the award to be presented at the 2019 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, 2017. 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
(857) 305-9350
FAX: (617) 353-6550


2017 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement: John R. Clarke

Professor Clarke received his B.A. from Georgetown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. In 1980 he began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor. His teaching, research, and publications focus on ancient Roman art and archaeology, art-historical methodology, and contemporary art. Clarke has nine books and over 100 essays, articles, and reviews to his credit. The books include: The Houses of Roman Italy; Looking at Lovemaking; Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans; Roman Sex; Roman Life; and Looking at Laughter. His work aims to understand ancient Roman people through close study of the images they lived with.  Since 2005 he has directed the Oplontis Project, aimed at completing excavation and publication of two ancient Roman villas buried by Vesuvius in A.D. 79. He co-edits the Oplontis publications; the first volume, on the ancient landscape and modern rediscovery of Villa A, appeared in 2014 as an Open Access e-book. He co-curated an international exhibition, Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii, currently touring the United States. 


Past Winners of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement

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
2010 John Humphrey
2009 Henry Tutwiler Wright
2008 James Wiseman
2007 Larissa Bonfante
2006 Maria C. Shaw and Joseph W. Shaw
2005 Lionel Casson
2004 David B. Stronach
2003 Philip Betancourt
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
1994 Emeline Richardson
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
1984 Margaret Thompson
1983 James Bennet Pritchard
1982 Peter H. von Blanckenhagen
1981 William Andrew McDonald
1980 John Langdon Caskey
1979 Dows Dunham
1978 George M.A. Hanfmann
1977 Edith Porada
1976 Lucy Shoe Meritt
1975 Eugene Vanderpool
1974 Margarete Bieber
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
1966 Hetty Goldman
1965 Carl W. Blegen

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