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 contributions 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, 2017.
Wiseman Book Award
Archaeological Institute of America
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Boston, MA 02108
Questions about the Book Award may be directed to Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator, at the above address.
2017 Wiseman Book Award: Art and Empire: The Roman Frescoes and Imperial Cult Chamber in Luxor Temple, edited by Michael Jones and Susanna McFadden
Art and Empire is the capstone to the joint project of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities to conserve the frescoes in the Late Roman Imperial cult chamber at the Temple of Amun at Luxor, Egypt. The volume is a comprehensive study of the Imperial cult chamber and its paintings, from their history, context, and conservation to their contribution to our understanding of Roman Imperial visual culture of Late Antiquity in the Roman provinces. Attractively laid out, and lavishly illustrated with both color and black and white photography of the highest quality, this book is a model of how a relatively modest conservation effort can be presented in a variety of contexts teased from the layered and tangled remains of structures under virtually constant modification for three and a half millennia. The Editors are to be commended that the style of presentation is consistently accessible across authors representing several disciplines and scholarly traditions. The collaborative project involved experts from many of the subdisciplines of archaeology that form critical parts of the interests and activities of the AIA: excavation, conservation, and cultural heritage.
Past Winners of the James R. Wiseman Book Award
|2016||Thomas Tartaron: Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World|
|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|