Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

2017 Pomerance Award Winner Curtis W. Marean

The committee for the AIA Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology invites nominations for the 2019 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 3, 2017.

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
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
FAX: (617) 353-6550
Phone: (617) 353-6550
E-mail: Awards@aia.bu.edu


2017 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology:  Curtis W. Marean

Dr. Marean’s research interests focus on the origins of modern humans, the prehistory of Africa, the study of animal bones from archaeological sites, and climates and environments of the past. In the area of the origins of modern humans, he is particularly interested in questions about foraging strategies and the evolution of modern human behavior.  Dr. Marean has a special interest in human occupation of grassland and coastal ecosystems.

Dr. Marean conducts a variety of studies using zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones, and taphonomy, the study of how bones become fossils. He also is a dedicated field researcher and has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, and Somalia, and since 1991 has focused his field efforts in coastal South Africa.  He is the principal investigator for the South African Coast Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology (SACP4) project based around Mossel Bay in South Africa at the field locality of Pinnacle Point.  This large international project, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundation, employs a trans-disciplinary approach to modern human origins, climate, and environment.  Under his directorship, Pinnacle Point has become one of the world’s most important localities for the study of modern human origins.  



Past Winners of the Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

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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