Archaeological Institute of America
Deadline: March 15, 2021
In keeping with the Code of Ethics of the AIA, which emphasizes the need for archaeologists to publish the results of field research, the Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports Committee will recommend, in time for presentation of the award at the Annual Meeting of the Institute, a report on fieldwork (e.g. excavation and/or survey), that it deems most worthy of recognition in that year. Works nominated may be either single volumes or series, single- or multi-authored, or edited. Works 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. Authors/editors of successful nominations must join the AIA as a member, if they are not already one, once they receive the award. For multi-authored or multi-edited volumes, this requirement applies only to the primary author/primary editor/principal investigator.
AIA members are encouraged to suggest publications worthy of the award by filling out the Nomination Form. Authors and publishers may also bring their books to the committee’s attention by filling out the Nomination Form and sending an electronic copy (eBook or PDF) for distribution to the committee to the email address below. Publishers should nominate no more than two (2) books per year and should ensure that the books meet the criteria of the award. Books may be submitted for the award only once, and should not be re-submitted unless specifically requested by the committee.
Letters of nomination and publications should be received by March 15.
Archaeological Institute of America
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The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2021 Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports to Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece, by R. Angus K. Smith, Mary K. Dabney, Evangelia Pappi, Sevasti Triantaphyllou, and James C. Wright, with contributions by Panagiotis Karkanas, Georgia Kotzamani, Alexandra Livarda, Camilla MacKay, Maria Ntinou, Maria Roumpou, Alan M. Stahl, and Georgia Tsartsidou (INSTAP Academic Press, 2017).
Ayia Sotira incorporates an integrated archaeological approach to the investigation of several modestly appointed chamber tombs of Late Helladic IIIA- Late Helladic B date (14th-13th century B.C.), likely associated with the Mycenaean settlement of Tsoungiza in the valley of Old Nemea. The site of Ayia Sotira was discovered in the 1980s, in the course of intensive surface archaeological survey conducted under the auspices of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project.
The publication here celebrated is admirably international in respect to its personnel, as well as truly interdisciplinary, not merely multi-disciplinary, with its many specialized studies integrated into the text rather than lost in appendices. The application of stratigraphic micromorphology is a significant contribution to the book, and offers readers an excellent case study in a context where hard-to-distinguish fills, cuts, and re-fills are of major interpretive importance. Also praiseworthy is the incorporation of systematic paleobotanical and phytolith analysis.
Ayia Sotira stresses the active and continuous role these tombs played in community life, with regular episodes of re-opening and the manipulation both of human remains and grave goods. We commend the authors for their efforts to understand not just assemblages but practices and rituals related to burial, especially in the case of collective tombs. We finally laud Smith, Dabney, Pappi, Triantaphyllou, and Wright for bringing the project to publication rapidly and for crediting both students and workmen in descriptions of each excavation area.
Ayia Sotira represents values and high standards of publication befitting the AIA’s inaugural Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports.