Award to support original research on the prehistory of California and the Great Basin, with special consideration given to projects emphasizing analysis of existing museum collections, those housed in regional repositories and/or those reported in inventories and reports which focus on: 1) the development, significant refinement and/or modification of time-sensitive typologies or seriation studies useful in identifying prehistoric spatial or temporal units, or 2) relating primary data to revision of existing culture historical taxonomic frameworks.
SCA student members are invited to submit research proposals for the James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Award. The award is intended to support original student research on the prehistory of California and the Great Basin.
Projects may involve more than one subdiscipline of anthropology and may have objectives beyond those of culture history; nonetheless, a significant portion of the study must involve direct work with artifacts or other primary source data (e.g., mission registers, historical/archival documents), and must show promise to enhance the scientific understanding of California and Great Basin prehistory. Research projects may involve preparation of a thesis, dissertation, or a formal refereed publication.
Funding from the award (up to $1,500) may be used by the recipient for any purpose directly related to the study; e.g., travel for the purpose of studying collections, photography, illustrations, graphics, radiocarbon studies, or obsidian analyses. Additional support is available to conduct up to 100 obsidian hydration readings (courtesy of Origer’s Obsidian Laboratory), up to 50 obsidian source analyses (courtesy of Richard Hughes at Geochemical Research Laboratory)and up to four AMS dates courtesy of the CAMS facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
EXPLAINING PROVISIONING AND LANDSCAPE USE IN THE ORDERLY ANARCHY OF THE LATE HOLOCENE SACRAMENTO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Kristina Crawford, M.A., RPA
University of Nevada, Reno
This project investigates whether or not Native Californians in the upper Sacramento Valley at the end of the Late Period (1100 to 150 cal. BP ) solved the problem of provisioning increasingly circumscribed and growing populations with minutely-divided and decentralized sociopolitical organization by developing an interdependent but non-hierarchical economy focused on specialized production of surplus for trade. Faunal, wood charcoal and artifact analyses of the assemblages from two stratified rockshelters in northern Tehama County will be used to answer this question. This study continues the work of Dr. Bennyhoff as it examines culture change in the Late Period as it relates to economics of diet and trade and continues his culture chronology work by refining a local chronology. This project is important because it interrogates the idea that hunter-gatherer complexity exists only in situations of hierarchical centralized sociopolitical organization.
The award supports undergraduate or graduate student research in California archaeology that includes a significant fieldwork or collections component. Funding from the award is intended to help pay for the various costs associated with fieldwork or analyzing an existing curated collection and/or for preparing the materials for long-term curation. The award is to promote original research on the history or prehistory of California.
Funding from the award (up to $2,000) may be used for fieldwork or collections expenses directly related to the study. These include travel to and from the field or museum; lodging, camping, and food to support a field crew; data collection; and/or the purchase or maintenance of minor field equipment (i.e., items under $300 such as shovels and screens). Expenses may also include initial stages of laboratory analysis associated with preparing the collection for further study and curation (e.g., illustrations or casting of artifacts, assistance with artifact or ecofact identification, purchase of curation supplies such as boxes or bags). Expenses not allowed include salary or stipends to field participants, tuition, or purchase of equipment over $300.
Outstanding Student Paper and Poster Presented at the Annual Meeting
Win $250 cash and a banquet ticket! Two awards will be given this year, one for Outstanding Paper and one for Outstanding Poster.
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 March 1, 2020, to the SCA Student Paper Competition. Papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the SCA Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Student Paper Competition” in the e-mail subject line. Also please include the name of a faculty advisor in the email. Poster submissions should include all relevant files in full layout.
Outstanding Student Paper Award
California State University, Chico
Recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Student Paper Award
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
Outstanding Student Poster Award
Austin Dietrich (Left) and Enkhbayar Oyuntsetseg
California State University, Chico
Recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Poster Paper 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 December 15, 2021, to the SCA Student Paper Competition. Papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the SCA Business Office (Email the SCA). 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.