James R. Wiseman Book Award

2019 Wiseman Book Award winner John Marston 

Each year the James R. Wiseman Book Award Committee will recommend, in time for the 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. 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, 2019.

Wiseman Book Award
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    Questions about the Book Award may be directed to the above address.

    2019 Wiseman Book Award: Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion by John M. Marston.

    Award Citation: 

    The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2019 James R. Wiseman Book Award to Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion by John M. Marston.

    Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change is a thoughtful combination of archaeology and archaeological science. Its principal goal is to document the impact that different political and economic systems have had on subsistence strategies adopted at the site of Gordion in Turkey.  

    The author, John Marston, does not permit environmental data to overwhelm or obscure the role of humans in determining subsistence strategies.  His book sets high standards for publishing environmental data from a Mediterranean site.

    The book is impressively well-written in a way that offers specialists detail but provides clear explanations for non-specialists. It is also stimulating in its use of archaeological data as a tool for improving our understanding of the present.   Marston presents, synthesizes, and analyzes an enormous quantity of data concisely, and his conclusions are compelling.  

    Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change is a work that should be read and imitated by scholars within and beyond the field of Anatolian archaeology. The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to recognize it with 2019 James R. Wiseman Book Award.


    Past Winners of the James R. Wiseman Book Award

    2018 Gilbert J. Gorski and James E. Packer: The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide
    2017 Michael Jones and Susanna McFadden: Art and Empire: The Roman Frescoes and Imperial Cult Chamber in Luxor Temple
    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: Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study
    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 

    Robert Chapman: Emerging Complexity: The Later Prehistory of South-east Spain, Iberia, and the West Mediterranean  and    John Malcolm Russell: Sennacherib's Palace without Rival at Nineveh

    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

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