SCA Meeting Awards

Kent Lightfoot
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given for cumulative contributions to California archaeology that have spanned a lifetime and are therefore reserved for the elder members of our profession.

Photo of Kent Lightfoot
Kent on the Sonoma Coast near Mammoth Rock. Photo courtesy of Roberta Jewett

Kent Lightfoot
Department of Anthropology, UC Berkely

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020 – Julia Bendímez
2019 – Jula Costello
2018 – Randy Milliken
2017 – Shelly Davis-King
2016 – Terry L. Jones
2015 – Michael J. Moratto
2014 – Susan M. Hector
2013 – Glenn J. Farris
2012 – Andrew Yatsko III
2011 – Joseph Chartkoff
2010 – Ken Wilson
2009 – Russell L. Kaldenberg
2008 – Eric Ritter
2007 – Keith L. Johnson

2006 – Michael A. Glassow
2005 – L. Mark Raab
2004 – Lowell John Bean
2003 – William (Bill) Olsen
2002 – Robert L. Edwards
2001 – Jerald J. Johnson
2000 – Thomas Blackburn
1999 – Makoto Kowta
1998 – Jay von Werlhof
1997 – Vera Mae Fredrickson
1996 – Claude Warren
1995 – Francis Riddell
 
1994 – Roberta Greenwood
1993 – David Frederickson

1992 – D. L. True
1991 – Lawrence Dawson
1990 – James A. Bennyhoff
1989 – Bert A. Gerow
1988 – Phil C. Orr
1986 – Albert Elsasser
1985 – Franklin Fenenga
1984 – Paul Ezell
1983 – William J. Wallace
1982 – Emma Lou Davis
 

Martin A. Baumhoff Special Achievement Award

2021 – No Nomination

This award is given for a distinct, noteworthy effort, or for cumulative efforts on special topics such as specialized analyses or publication. It has traditionally been announced as a surprise at the Awards Dinner.

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020 – Californian State Parks
2019 – Lynn H. Gamble
2018 – Mark W. Allen
2017 – Jon Erlandson
2016 – Jeanne Arnold
2015 – William R. Hildebrandt
2014 – Victor Golla
2013 – Dwight D. Simons
2012 – Randy T. Milliken, Al Schwitalla, and Pacific Legacy
2011 – Don Laylander
2010 – Kent Lightfoot and Otis Parrish
2009 – Greg White
2008 – Terry Jones and Kathryn Klar
2007 – Robert L. Bettinger
2006 – Jack Meyer and Jeff Rosenthal
2005 – Irving Friedman and Robert L. Smith

2004 – Michael Moratto/Joseph Chartkoff
2003 – Thomas N. Layton
2002 – Michael A. Glassow
2001 – Glenn Farris
2000 – Richard E. Hughes – Randy Milliken
1998 – Sylvia Vane
1997 – Mark Sutton
1996 – Malcolm Margolin, News from Native California
1995 – Coyote Press: Gary S. Breschini and Trudy Haversat
1994 – Roy Salls
1993 – Phil Wilke
1992 – Jonathan O. Davis
1991 – W.I. Follett
1990 – Lavinia C. Knight

2021 Mark Raymond Harrington Award for Conservation Archaeology

Photo of Mark Hylkema
Mark on duty 6-2016. Photo courtesy of Mark Hylkema

Mark G. Hylkema
California State Parks

This award recognizes contributions to site preservation, public archaeology, etc. It has traditionally been announced as a surprise at the Banquet. Past Award Recipients:

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020  No Nomination
2019 – Richard A. Gould

2018 – Daniel F. McCarthy
2017 – 
Gary Breschini & Trudy Haversat
2016 – Amy Gilreath
2015 – Dr. Patricia C. Martz
2014 – Jerry Hopkins
2013 – Dan L. Mosier
2012 – Greg Greenway
2011 – Adrian Pratezellis
2010 – Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
2009 – Beth and Chris Padon
2008 – Janine McFarland
2007 – The Eleven Autonomous Bands of the Pit River Tribe
2006 – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
2005 – Julia Bendímez Patterson
2004 – Carolyn Shepherd
2003 – Beth and Chris Padon
2002 – John R. Johnson
2001 – Paul Chace
2000 – Mary Maniery
 
1999 – Valerie Levulett
1998 – Russ Kaldenberg
1997 – Chester King
1996 – John W. Foster
1995 – Thomas N. Layton
1994 – William Olsen
1993 – Paul Shumacher
1992 – Breck Parkman
1991 – Charles Rozaire
1990 – Lester A. Ross
1989 – San Diego County Archaeological Society
1988 – David A. Fredrickson
1987 – Ronald V. May
1986 – M. J. Moratto and W. Seidel
1985 – Don S. Miller
1983 – Thomas F. King
1982 – Jay Von Werlhof
1981 – Frank Latta
1980 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
1979 – Fritz Riddell

2021 Helen C. Smith Award for Individual or Society Avocationalist Achievement

Photo of Martín & Mary Jesperson
Mary & Martín Jespersen. Photo courtesy of Mary Jesperson.

Mary and Martín Jespersen
California Site Stewards

This is decided upon from applications made by members at large by the Avocational Society Representative and a panel of reviewers for achievements made over the preceding year. There is a $200 cash award from the SCA that goes with this.

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020 – No Nomination
2019 – Astrid and Samuel Webb
2018 – Los Padres National Forest Partners in Preservation
2017 – Paul Peterson
2016 – No nomination
2015 – Gary A. Garrett
2014 – Jon Harman
2013 – Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara County, Inc.
2011 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
2009 – Nevada Rock Art Foundation
2008 – Colorado Desert District Archaeological Site Stewardship Program
2007 – Santa Clara County Archaeological Society
2006 – Ventura County Archaeological Society
2005 – San Diego Archaeological Center
 
2004 – Colorado Desert Archaeological Society
2003 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

2002 – Kern County Archaeological Society
2001 – Coastal Marine Archaeological      Resources
2000 – Luther and Betsy Bertrando, San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society
1999– Sacramento Archaeological Society
1998 – Archaeological Survey Association of Southern California
1997 – Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation
1996 – Friends of Sierra Rockart
1995 – Santa Cruz Archaeological Society
1994 – San Diego Archaeological Society
1993 – Fresno Archaeological Society

 

2021 The SCA Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Management

Clay working at Swordfish Cave
Clay Working at Swordfish Cave. Photo compliments of AE

Clayton Lebow
Applied EarthWorks, Inc.

The SCA Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Management is given to an individual who shows outstanding leadership in the field of cultural resources management. 

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020 – Patti Garcia
2019 – Elaine Sundahl
2018 – Randall Dean
2017 – No Award
2016– Susan Goldberg

2015 – Tina Biorn
2014 – Marie Cottrell

2013 – Randy S. Wiberg
2012 – Michael P. Sampson
2011 – Janet Eidsness
2010 – Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc.
2009 – Duane Christian
2008 – Trish Fernandez
2007 – Information Centers of the California Historical Resource Inventory System
2006 – Stan Berryman
2004 – C. William Clewlow, Jr.
2003 – Adrian Praetzellis
2002 – Dwight Dutschke and Hans Kreutzberg
2001 – David Whitley
2000 – Michael J. Moratto
1999 – Brian Byrd
1998 – Thomas F. King2004 – C. William Clewlow, Jr.
2003 – Adrian Praetzellis
2002 – Dwight Dutschke and Hans Kreutzberg
2001 – David Whitley
2000 – Michael J. Moratto
1999 – Brian Byrd
1998 – Thomas F. King

2021 California Indian Heritage Preservation Award

Nick Tipon & the Sacred Sites Protection Committee of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

The Society for California Archaeology is honored to formally recognize contributions made by California Indians to the preservation of their cultural heritage. The desire to preserve the heritage of this state is something that California Indians and archaeologists have in common.

We know that many generations of California Indians have struggled for cultural survival and autonomy. Through this struggle, they have persevered, and in doing so, have given us a greater understanding of their culture and history. Their perseverance has also led to the current blossoming of California Indian heritage. Recognizing that any one individual or group may have participated in many different ways, some examples of the kind of contributions this award is meant to honor including the following:

  • Maintaining traditional ways and knowledge
  • Creating cultural centers, demonstration sites, and workshops
  • Publishing, and otherwise documenting traditional stories, songs, and history
  • Educating archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians, thereby building bridges of understanding between the academic and traditional worlds
  • Participating in legal contexts to safeguard the respect of their ancestors, achieve federal recognition of their tribes, or otherwise taking part at state and national levels for the well-being of their communities
  • Improving the social, economic, and cultural well-being of their communities

The SCA California Indian Heritage Preservation Award was created to honor California Indians who have contributed to one or more of these important accomplishments. It is with sincere appreciation and respect that we offer this award each year from the year 2000 onward.

A nominee for this award:

  1. Need not be a member of the Society for California Archaeology.
  2. Must be nominated by a member of the Society for California Archaeology. Nonmembers may request a member to submit a nomination on their behalf.
  3. Must be a California Indian who has contributed to the preservation of his or her culture in a substantial way either through cumulative contributions or one exceptional contribution.

This award is most similar to the Society for California Archaeology’s most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is most often given for cumulative contributions (by an individual or group) that have spanned a lifetime and therefore tends to be reserved for elder candidates. It may, however, be given to more junior candidates for outstanding onetime contributions. The goal of the award is to recognize one outstanding individual or group. However, occasionally more than one award may be given. It is also possible to give the award to individuals or groups from the past.

The individual or group recipient of the California Indian Heritage Preservation Award is notified well ahead of time so that they and their supporters can plan to attend the banquet. They are identified during the meeting with a special ribbon on their name tag, are provided accommodation and travel by the SCA, and are hosted to the banquet.

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 15 of each year.

Past Award Recipients:

2020 – No Nomination
2019 – Valentin Lopez
2018 – Bill Madrigal, Sr.
2018 – Reba Fuller
2016 – Ernest and June Siva

2015 – Robert B. Burns
2014 – LeiLyn Odom
2013 – Linda Yamane
2012 – Gregg Castro
2011 – Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association
2010 – Cindi Alvitre
2009 – Jay Johnson
2008 – Charlie Cooke
2007 – Dwight Dutschke
2006 – Julia Parker
2005 – Patrick Orozco
2004 – Carmen Lucas
2003 – Larry Myers
2002 – Preston Jefferson Arrow-weed
2001 – Otis Parrish
2000 – Katherine Siva Saubel

2021 Golden Shovel Award

Neil Rhodes
Applied Earth Works

Recipient of the 2021 Golden Shovel Award

The Golden Shovel Award is a special presidential commendation given to a longstanding member of the society who has made contributions through continued efforts in field or lab work. Many other awards are given for publications or other academic or professional achievements. The Golden Shovel Award is for the sometimes unsung (although many are often the grist of campfire legends) heroes of the trenches and the benches who ensure the recovery of the essential data that support our discipline.

Nomination Instructions

Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. Please submit your nomination to President Shannon Tushingham at gro.emohacsnull@nonnahs.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is November 1 of each year.

Award Recipients:

2021 – David Glover
2019 – Charolotte A. Smith
2018 – Marc D. Linder
2017 – Maureen Carpenter
2016 – Douglas McIntosh
2015 – Edward Mike
2014 – Jerry Doty
2013 – David Makar
2012 – Michael “Bucky” Buxton
2011 – Bill Stillman

2021 Outstanding Student Paper Award & Poster Awards Pending

PENDING

Giving a paper or poster at the SCAs? Don’t miss the opportunity to win money, prestige, a banquet ticket, and more! Submit your paper or poster by February 15, 2021, to the SCA Student Paper Competition. Papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the SCA Business Office at gro.emohacsnull@eciffo. Please indicate “Student Paper Competition” in the e-mail subject line. Also please include the name of a faculty advisor in the email. Submission guidelines may be found here. Poster submissions should include all relevant files in full layout.

Award Recipients:

2020 – Kyle Palazzolo
2019 – Noel Jones
2018 – Noel Jones and Katherine Jorgensen
2017 – Nichole Fournier
2016 – Lisa Bright
2015– (No Award Given)
2014 – Samuel J. Williams
2013 – Mikael Fauvelle
2012 – Kristina Gill
2011 – Karen Gardner
2010 – Joe Griffin
2009 – Jarrod “X” Kellogg
2008 – Melanie Beasley
2007 – Tsim D. Schneider and Adrian R. Whitaker
2006 – Victoria Stosel
2005 – Shannon Tushingham
2004 – Clarus J. Backes, Jr.
2002 – Nathan Stevens
2001 – Alexander DeGeorgey

Austin Dietrich  and Enkhbayar Oyuntsetseg
California State University, Chico

Recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Poster Award

Giving a paper or poster at the SCAs? Don’t miss the opportunity to win money, prestige, a banquet ticket, and more! Submit your paper or poster by February 15, 2021, to the SCA Student Paper Competition. Papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the SCA Business Office at gro.emohacsnull@eciffo. Please indicate “Student Paper Competition” in the e-mail subject line. Also please include the name of a faculty advisor in the email. Submission guidelines may be found here. Poster submissions should include all relevant files in full layout

 

2021 President's Award

The President’s Award is given for above and beyond service to the SCA and California archaeology in general.

Maggie Trumbly, PG&E
Recipient of the 2021 Presidents Award

 

 

Award Recipients:

2021 – Alex DeGeorgey, Michael Newland, Natalie Brodie, and the Institute of Canine Forensics
2020 – Dorthea (Dotty) Theodoratus
2019 – Helen McCarthy
2018 – Denise Wills
2015 – Patricia Mikkelsen
2014 – Tom Origer and C. Kristina Roper
2012 – Shelly Davis-King

2021 James A. Bennyhoff Award

Erica J. Bradley

Great Basin Paleoindian Research Unit, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno

Few Paleoindian occupations in the Great Basin have absolute age determinations because most are open-air, near-surface manifestations with poor preservation. This complication has led to a perception that the Paleoindian Period is a relatively stagnant cultural unit. Considering that Paleoindians experienced some of the most dramatic environmental changes in the human history of North America, the Pleistocene-to-Holocene transition was likely a dynamic cultural period and we should expect to see changes in land use and technology of corresponding magnitude. It may be possible to overcome the challenges of working with a predominantly surface record using a combination of established approaches: for example using projectile point types to date sites via seriation, using obsidian hydration to independently test the relative ages of sites, and comparing diachronic toolstone conveyance patterns. I will apply these methods to assemblages from Hawksy Walksy Valley, a small pluvial lake basin in the northwestern Great Basin.

The call for proposals for this project goes out each year in October.

For information on the award and the list of recipients, please see the James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Fund Award page.

2021 Charles E. Rozaire Award for Student Research in California Archaeology

Survey in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Chris Sanchez (AMLT) on the left and Alec Apodaca (UCB) on the right

Alec Apodaca
University of California, Berkeley

Stewardship practices are important components of the foodways of Indigenous people, yet how these practices developed throughout California over time remain poorly understood.

The proposed research investigates the relationship between stewardship and foodways during the Late Holocene in the Monterey Bay region using small-scale fieldwork and legacy collections from the Elkhorn Slough watershed – the largest estuary in the region. The project will emphasize environmental archaeological data using integrative and low-impact collaborative fieldwork to evaluate changes in stewardship practices and foodways as a response to sociocultural and climatic changes, particularly during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly (900-1300 CE) and the Little Ice Age (1350-1850 CE). Learning more about Indigenous stewardship practices in the past is highly relevant to the contemporary ecological restoration and cultural revitalization goals of Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.  It also contributes to ongoing debates regarding the extent, scale, and timing of intensive hunting-gathering-fishing practices related to niche construction and coastal landscape management in California.

The call for proposals for this project goes out each year in October.

2021 SCA Orphaned Archaeological Collections Professional Services and Curation Project 2021

Photo courtesy of Tyler Molter

Tyler R. Molter
University of Nevada, Reno

Project Summary

The primary objective of the proposed project is to organize shell midden materials from sites excavated on Santa Rosa Island nearly 25 years ago and obtain faunal data from these collections as a central component of my MA thesis research. A total of seven column samples were excavated from the large coastal settlement sites CA-SRI-130 (2), CA-SRI-131 (1), and CA-SRI-436 (4) in 1996 by Douglas Kennett, who was then a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Kennett has published chronological and stable oxygen isotopic data obtained from site materials (Kennett 1998, 2005), but the midden has only been partially sorted and the faunal data from these sites has not been published. These collections have since been transferred to Dr. Christopher Jazwa, now at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Jazwa is my MA advisor and was Dr. Kennett’s PhD student at Pennsylvania State University. These collections are especially valuable because excavation opportunities are limited within the Channel Islands National Park (CHIS), particularly at previously excavated sites. All three sites are large, primary settlement sites (Kennett 2005) that have strong potential to provide information about settlement patterns on the south side of Santa Rosa Island, the focus of my MA research, and will augment data from other sites excavated more recently (Jazwa et al. 2016b). Furthermore, as a part of this project, I will prepare the collections for accessioning at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH), where all collections from Channel Islands National Park are stored in perpetuity. Furthermore, this project will have an important education component, as I will work with UNR undergraduate volunteers and paid workers throughout this project. I request funding for lab supplies including bags, hourly wages for student workers, and costs for transportation of the processed collections to SBMNH.

The call for proposals for this project goes out each year in October.