James R. Wiseman Book Award
Each year the James R. Wiseman Book Award Committee will recommend, in time for presentation of the award at the Annual Meeting of the Institute, the academic work on an archaeological topic it deems most worthy of recognition in that year. Books and monographs bearing a date of publication within the four calendar years prior to (not including) the year of the Annual Meeting at which the award is made will be eligible for consideration. Fieldwork volumes are welcome; textbooks will not be considered, and handbooks or other edited volumes must be exceptionally strong contriubtions in order to qualify for consideration.
AIA members are encouraged to suggest books worthy of the award by filling out the Nomination Form. Authors and publishers may also bring their books to the committee's attention by sending a Letter of Nomination and four (4) sample copies for distribution to the committee to the address below (eBooks are welcomed). Publishers should nominate no more than two (2) books per year and should ensure that the books meet the criteria of the award. The author must be a member of the Archaeological Institute of American in good standing. Books may be submitted for the award only once, and should not be re-submitted unless specifically requested by the committee. Books intended for a general audience should be nominated for the Felicia A. Holton Book Award.
Due Date for Nomination
Letter of nomination and books should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than March 15, 2016.
Wiseman Book Award
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2016 Wiseman Book Award: Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World by Thomas Tartaron
Thomas Tartaron is Associate Professor with the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds his degrees from Miami University (B.A.) and Boston University (Ph.D.), and his research interests are Greek Bronze Age and Classical archaeology, landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, and coastal archaeology. He has excavated extensively in Greece, and is the Co-Director of the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project. In his book, Thomas F. Tartaron presents a new and original reassessment of the maritime world of the Mycenaean Greeks of the Late Bronze Age. Dr. Tartaron argues that local maritime networks, in the form of “coastscapes” and “small worlds,” are far more representative of the true fabric of Mycenaean life. He offers a complete template of conceptual and methodological tools for recovering small worlds and the communities that inhabited them. Combining archaeological, geoarchaeological, and anthropological approaches with ancient texts and network theory, he demonstrates the application of this scheme in several case studies.
Past Winners of the James R. Wiseman Book Award
|2015||Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre: Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia|
|2014||Bryan Burns: Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity|
|2013||Kathleen Lynch: The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House in the Athenian Agora|
|2012||Michael Dietler: Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France|
|2011||Peter G. Stone and Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq|
|2010||Judith McKenzie: The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt c. 300 B.C. to A.D. 700|
|2009||Joan Breton Connelly: Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece|
|2008||Sheila Dillon: Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects and Styles|
|2007||Lynne C. Lancaster: Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovations in Context|
|2006||Bruce G. Trigger
|2005||Tony Wilkinson: Archaeological Landscapes of the Near East|
|2004||Gloria Ferrari Pinney: Figures of Speech: Men and Maidens in Ancient Greece|
|2003||Cyprian Broodbank: An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades|
|2002||Lynn Roller: In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele|
|2001||Graeme Barker, David Gilbertson, Barri Jones, and David Mattingly: Farming the Desert: The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey, Vol. 1: Synthesis, edited by Graeme Barker and Vol. 2: Gazetteer and Pottery, edited by David Mattingly.|
|1999||Joseph Coleman Carter: The Chora of Metaponto: The Necropoleis|
|1998||Janet DeLaine: The Baths of Caracalla: A Study in the Design, Construction, and Economics of Large-scale Building Projects in Imperial Rome.|
|1997||Carol C. Mattusch: Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary|
|1996||P. Roger Moorey: Mesopotamian Materials and Industries: The Archaeological Evidence|
|1995||Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum|
|1994||Patricia Anawalt and Frances Berdan: Codex Mendoza|
|1993||Sarah P. Morris: Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art|
|1991||Bruce Graham Trigger: A History of Archaeological Thought and
Frances Dodds Van Keuren: The Frieze from the Hera I Temple at Foce del Sele
|1990||Oscar White Muscarella: Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|1989||Anna Marguerite McCann: The Roman Port and Fishery of Cosa: A Center of Ancient Trade|