Michael and Neathery Fuller— 2009 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award
The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to bestow upon Michael and Neathery Fuller the 2009 Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. In 1981 their mentor, Prof. Patty Jo Watson, gave them a membership in the AIA as a wedding present. As enthusiastic graduate student volunteers to the St. Louis Society, Michael’s and Neathery’s first assignment was bartending during AIA dinners. Quickly their responsibilities rose to being officers, first Michael then Neathery served as Vice President and then President of the St. Louis Society.
The Fuller’s greatest interests and expertise are in education. Neathery’s summer field school for Middle School students laid the foundation for the successful ten-year St. Louis Society Junior Archaeology Program for public school students. Michael applied his video recording expertise to create a special component-- “Archaeological Pictionary--where students could see and hear brief descriptions of artifacts and methodologies across diverse ancient civilizations. Neathery created a follow-up “game” that allowed students to demonstrate what they had learned. For an AIA/Girls Inc/NEH supported program called “Dig It,” Neathery produced a complex educational webpage. Michael and Neathery fostered the idea that the “model” (*web?) site should include the historic archaeological record of African-Americans and Euro-Americans.
Michael and Neathery have been active participants in the yearly AIA Annual Meeting Archaeology Fair. One or both of them regularly serves on the AIA education committee. Michael is on the AIA National Lecture circuit and lectures yearly for the St. Louis Society. In the 1990s Neathery served on the national AIA Governing Board as a Society Trustee. With all these consistent, dedicated volunteer contributions to both the St. Louis Society and the National AIA, it is fitting and highly appropriate for them to receive this award.