Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

2019 Pomerance Award Winner Robert Hedges 

The committee for the AIA Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology invites nominations for the 2020 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. Previous winners of the Pomerance Award are ineligible.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than April 1, 2019.

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

Attn: Awards, AIA Pomerance Medal Committee
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (857) 305-9350
E-mail: Awards@archaeological.org


2019 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology:  Robert Hedges 

Award Citation:

In recognition of his distinguished record of contributions to the advancement of archaeological science, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award the 2019 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology to Prof. Robert (R.E.M.) Hedges.

Over the course of his distinguished career, there are few areas of archaeological science that Hedges has not been involved with. He has made countless contributions to ‘archaeometry’, the field of co-operation between physical scientists and archaeologists. Other notable areas of focus include the many aspects of human and animal diet and approaches to bone chemistry and analysis, where Hedges has been a widely recognized pioneer. Perhaps most conspicuous of all is the important role Hedges has played in the development of radiocarbon dating with accelerator mass spectrometry. AMS radiocarbon dating has become a fundamental of dating technology for archaeology all over the world. Hedges’ substantial contribution in this area was recognized with the award of a Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 2008.

For all these reasons, the Archaeological Institute of America is delighted to bestow on Prof. Robert Hedges the 2019 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology.


Past Winners of the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

2018 Mark Pollard 
2017 Curtis W. Marean
2016 Melinda Zeder
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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