Paul Goldberg— 2010 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology

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In recognition of his distinguished contribution to archaeological science, the Archaeological Institute of America has selected Paul Goldberg as the recipient of the 2010 Pomerance Award. A member of the faculty of Boston University’s Department of Archaeology, Goldberg enjoys worldwide recognition for his pioneering research in geoarchaeology and site formation processes and, in particular, for his innovative work in the application of micromorphologic and microstratigraphic techniques to the study of cave deposits. Goldberg’s methodological contributions have enhanced our ability to recognize and interpret the geological signatures of human activity in contexts where the evidence is often subtle or substantially altered by subsequent events. The specific empirical results of his work have shed new light on some of the world’s most important prehistoric sites, including Zhoukoudian Cave in China, Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar, Die Kelders Cave in South Africa, and the Tabun, Kebara, and Hayonim Caves in Israel.

Micromorphology involves the analysis of thin-sections fabricated from undisturbed blocks of soil, and Goldberg is widely recognized as a pioneer and authority in this important area of geoarchaeological research. His publications include no fewer than 180 articles and book chapters, two books, and two edited books. His books Soil Micromorphology and Archaeology (with M.A. Courty and R.I. Macphail [Cambridge 1989]) and Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology (with R.I. Macphail [Malden, Mass. 2006]) represent major syntheses that are widely consulted by archaeologists and geologists. As an editor of the journal Geoarchaeology and as director of Boston University’s micromorphology laboratory, he has played an influential role in the development of geoarchaeology.

For his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, service, and teaching in archaeological science, the AIA is delighted to award Paul Goldberg the 2010 Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology.

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