Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

2016 Pomerance Award Winner Melinda Zeder

The committee for the AIA Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology invites nominations for the 2018 award. Eligibility is not restricted to members of the AIA, and candidates for the medal may be sought internationally with no geographical limitations. The recipient may be a professional or amateur scientist, or a team, whose interdisciplinary work with archaeologists merits recognition. Persons who have received the Gold Medal of the AIA are not excluded from eligibility.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than April 1, 2016.

Please send name(s) and a CV or statement about the nominee's contributions to the field to:

Atten: Awards, AIA Pomerance Medal Committee
Archaeological Institute of America
656 Beacon Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215-2006
FAX: (617) 353-6550
Phone: (617) 353-6550
E-mail: Awards@aia.bu.edu


2016 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology:  Melinda Zeder

Melinda Zeder is a Senior Scientist and Curator of Old World Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. An anthropological archaeologist, she is best known for her research on the origins of domestication and the emergence of agriculture, with a particular focus on animal domestication in the Near East. Her work brings together genetics, animal sciences, and archaeology to understand the mechanisms behind animal domestication and the different pathways animals and their human partners traveled into domestication. She is a recipient of the Society of American Archaeology’s Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Archaeology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. 


Past Winners of the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

2015 T. Douglas Price
2014 Waldo Tobler
2013 Stephen Weiner
2012 David P.S. Peacock
2011 Michael D. Glascock
2010 Paul Goldberg
2009 Dolores Piperno
2008 Michael S. Tite
2007 Patty Jo Watson
2006 Pamela B. Vandiver
2005 Jane Buikstra
2004 Ian Freestone
2003 Peter Ian Kuniholm
2002 Garman Harbottle
2001 Curt W. Beck
1999 Edward V. Sayre
1998 Nikolaas J. van der Merwe
1997 Martin J. Aitken
1996 W. David Kingery
1995 Norman Herz
1994 Robert Maddin, James Muhly, and Tamara Stech
1993 Michael G.L. Baillie, Bernd Becker, Bernd Kromer, Gordon W. Pearson, Jon R. Pilcher, Minze Stuiver, and Hans E. Suess
1991 Karl W. Butzer
1990 Robert H. Brill
1989 Harold E. Edgerton
1988 George (Rip) Rapp, Jr.
1987 George L. Cowgill
1986 Elizabeth K. Ralph
1985 Charles A. Reed
1984 Herbert E. Wright, Jr.
1983 J. Lawrence Angel
1982 Cyril Stanley Smith
1981 Frederick R. Matson
1980 Marie Farnsworth

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