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2018 REGISTER OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS' AWARDS

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is pleased to announce our award winners for 2018. These awards will be presented on January 4, 2019 in San Diego. The full text of each award may be read below.

 

Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Margaret W. Conkey, RPA 16520 for a career dedicated to promoting ethics, professionalism, and diversity in archaeology. This award is given in recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist to achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service.

 

John F. Seiberling Award

Congressman Raúl Grijalva for protecting America’s public lands and promoting diversity within the environmental movement. This award recognizes significant and sustained efforts in historic preservation and the conservation of archeological resources by an individual or group.

 

2018 Presidential Recognition Award

Ms Patricia G. Markert, RPA 49570246 for outstanding contributions to archaeological ethics and service to the Register of Professional Archaeologists. This award is a special achievement award that may be presented to individuals, groups, or organizations by the President of the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

 

2018 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award

Margaret W. Conkey

Registered Professional Archaeologist 16520

 

The Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards given by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. It is given in "recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist to achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service." This year's recipient, Margaret W. Conkey, personifies the service to the Register and profession exemplified by Charles R. McGimsey and Hester Davis.

 

Dr. Conkey is a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.  In her tenure at Berkeley, she has demonstrated her commitment to the pedagogy and teaching of archaeology; the development of internet resources for and the use of digital approaches in the teaching of archaeology; and initiating and implementing an archaeology outreach program in local schools. Dr. Conkey has been awarded teaching awards at U.C. Berkeley (and Binghamton University) and has leveraged the start-up funds for a Multi-Media Teaching Laboratory for the university’s Department of Anthropology.

 

Dr. Conkey has been extensively involved with the Society for American Archaeology’s Ethics Bowl, serving as a faculty mentor for three winning Ethic Bowl teams.  Her teams meet regularly to read and discuss articles, and to examine contemporary events and scenarios in archaeological practice.  Even as a Professor Emerita, Dr. Conkey has remained an important mentor to many students; and, as Director of the Archaeological Research Facility, created a thriving outreach program that takes graduate students into classrooms and other parts of the public as part of their regular studies.  This outreach program has facilitated the recruitment of a highly diverse community of graduate students.  They are drawn to the fact that U.C. Berkeley, thanks to her efforts, in collaboration with colleagues, orients itself as a program committed to an ethical and engaged archaeology.

In terms of her service to the profession, Dr. Conkey was the President of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association from 2000 to 2003, and the President of the Society for American Archaeology from 2009 to 2011, and President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology. She received, in 2016, the Society for American Archaeology’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her scholarship and service to the profession. She has helped to change the face of the profession through encouragement and recruitment of women and minorities.

 

Dr. Conkey is a worthy recipient of the 2018 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award and is a credit to the Register and our profession.

 

2018 John F. Seiberling Award

Congressman Raúl Grijalva

 

The John F. Seiberling Award was established in 1986 in the name of Ohio Congressman Seiberling, for his many legislative efforts in support of historic preservation. Seiberling himself received the first award. The award recognizes significant and sustained efforts in historic preservation and the conservation of archeological resources, by an individual or group.

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is honored to award the 2018 Seiberling Award to Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.

Throughout his career in state and federal government, Congressman Grijalva has advocated for protecting America’s open spaces, respecting our bedrock environmental and historic preservation laws, and promoting long-term planning and environmental stewardship. In Congress, he has been a vocal proponent of protections for America’s national parks and public lands. He authored the National Landscape Conservation System Act and the Federal Lands Restoration Act, which President Obama signed into law.

 

As the most senior Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Grijalva focused on diversifying the environmental movement to include communities who are often underrepresented in environmental decision-making. He argued for America’s national parks to better reflect the experiences of women, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. Congressman Grijalva is also a staunch advocate for tribal consultation and government-to-government relations. With the support of multiple tribes, he led an effort to establish the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, which would protect the Grand Canyon watershed and sacred Native American historical and cultural sites. Congressman Grijalva also sponsored legislation, called the RESPECT Act, which would specify standard consultation procedures for all agencies to follow and providing recourse for tribes when agencies violate their consultation obligation.

 

In the 116th Congress, Congressman Grijalva Chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, and is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

 

The Register of Professional Archaeologists is proud to present the 2018 Seiberling Award to Congressman Raúl Grijalva.

 

 

 

2018 Presidential Recognition Award

Patricia G. Markert

Registered Professional Archaeologist 49570246

 

Ms. Markert is being awarded for her outstanding contributions to archaeological ethics and service to the Register of Professional Archaeologists (Register).

Ms. Markert, a doctoral student at Binghamton University, became the Register’s first Ethics Intern during the summer of 2017 with a loosely defined mandate to create a database of all resources related to archaeological ethics:  from books to blogs. She was not daunted by the challenge and created a relational database, indexed by a myriad of categories, of ethics resources. Following her internship, she was hired as a consultant by the Register to manage a project to make the database accessible. What resulted was archaeologicalethics.org, a joint project of the Register and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. The web site is clean, well indexed, and fast. It is the only clearinghouse that exists for materials and resources on archaeological ethics.

 

Following the completion of archaeologicalethics.org, Ms. Markert took on the volunteer role as Chair of the Register’s Ethics Committee where she continues to serve to coordinate the committee in matters of archaeological ethics. These include managing the Register’s participation and sponsorship of Ethics Bowls at the Society for American Archaeology and Society for Historical Archaeology, and workshops on ethics at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. It also includes selecting, tasking, and managing the now annual Ethics Intern and overseeing archaeologicalethics.org.

 

Finally, during 2018 and as a consultant, Ms. Markert accepted the challenge of managing the development of a new web site for the Register. In her management role, she kept consultants, internal staff, service providers, and vendors on task and to standards. The Register would not have been able to complete this project, or any of the projects she has taken on, without her excellent management skills and attention to detail.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to archaeological ethics and service to the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Ms. Markert is receiving the Register’s 2018 Presidential Recognition Award.

 


2018 REGISTER OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS'
FIELD SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

 

2018 Register of Professional Archaeologists’ Field School Scholarship Award

Each year the Register and its Sponsoring Organizations provides scholarship opportunities for students attending Register-certified archaeological field schools. One scholarship in the amount of $1000 can be awarded by each of three of the Register's sponsoring institutions (SAA, AAA, and AIA) to the director of an Register-certified field school. The director is then free to award the scholarship to a deserving student, or more commonly, divide the award between two students.

 

2018 Society for American Archaeology-selected Field School Scholarship Recipients

Statistical Research Inc. (SRI), in association with the Institute for Field Research and Coconino National Forest, offers a field school preparing students for a career in Cultural Resource Management. The objective of the 2018 Coconino field school is to prepare students for a career in cultural resource management (CRM) while conducting a typical small-scale CRM inventory and evaluation project. The field school will take place on the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, and will be taught by staff from SRI, in partnership with archaeologists from the Coconino National Forest. This is the first year of certification and Richard Ciolek-Torello, Ph.D., RPA, 10453 director of the field school, divided the $1000 award between two deserving students.

 

After serving as Natural Resources Staff Officer and supervisor of the Heritage Program staff at the Prescott National Forest in Arizona, Mr. Michael Kellett decided to pursue a career in CRM. He has entered the Master’s Degree Program in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Mr. Kellett is especially interested in using cultural survey, topographic mapping, geographic information systems, and Google Earth, and obsidian sourcing data to map trade routes in the Prescott Culture area. He intends to use this research for his Master thesis at NAU.  The funding from the Register's scholarship will subsidize his field school tuition and facilitate his training to complete this research.

 

 

 

Ms. Anna Swenson is from Middleton, Wisconsin, but attends school at Oberlin College in Ohio where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and Archaeological Studies. She says she has spent a little time in the Southwest and can't wait to return to the area to attend the Coconino field school. She is excited to get some hands-on experience with archaeology and to learn more about cultural resource management and how knowledge might be repatriated in the present context of the Southwest.

 

 

 


 

2018 SAA ETHICS BOWL


The Register of Professional Archaeologists is a proud sponsor of the 2018 SAA Ethics Bowl, which took place in Washington, DC on April 20.

 

Each year, the Society for American Archaeology Ethics Bowl invites student teams to debate case studies on various ethical dilemmas in archaeology, which provides important training for their future professional careers. The event is a lively, debate-style competition that allows the teams to engage critically with ethical questions that face archaeologists in practice. This year’s competition featured teams from Penn State, Florida State, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, The College of New Jersey, and a joint team from the University of California-San Diego and the University of Puerto Rico.

 

The final round was between the team from Cornell University and the team from Florida State University. After a close match, we are happy to congratulate the team from Cornell University as the winners of the 2018 SAA Ethics Bowl. The winning team receives a cash award from the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

 

Cornell’s winning team consisted of four first-year M.A. students from the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS): Danielle Vander Horst, Elizabeth Proctor, Lindsay Petry, and Elizabeth Bews. They were coached by Dr. Dana Bardolph, Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate at CIAMS.

 

Thank you to all six of the excellent student teams that competed this year, and congratulations to the 2018 SAA Ethics Bowl winners from Cornell University!

 

 

 

Photo: from left, Dana Bardolph, Danielle Vander Horst, Elizabeth Proctor, Lindsay Petry, Elizabeth Bews. 
 
 

ETHICS INTERN OPPORTUNITY AT THE REGISTER OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS!

 

The Register of Professional Archaeologists (Register) is looking for an archaeology graduate student to work this summer as our annual Ethics Intern.

 

We are seeking someone who has an interest in archaeological ethics; is self-directed; is available to work approximately 10 hours a week; has access to the internet and institutional databases; and can work out of their home, university, or office. Familiarity with WordPress is preferred, but not required.

 

Tasks will include:

  • Updating and maintaining an online database of resources on archaeological ethics, which will be available this spring
  • Finding and incorporating additional resources into the database, including publications, blog posts, websites, courses on archaeological ethics taught at universities, and ethical case studies.
  • Working directly with the Register’s Ethics Committee on other tasks related to archaeological ethics.

 

The position will run from June through August. The Ethics Intern will receive a stipend of US $1,000.

 

If you know of someone who you would recommend to fill this position for the Register, please forward this notice to them.

 

Students who would like to apply as an Ethics Intern should send the following to the RPA Ethics Committee at ethics@rpanet.org:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • The name and institution of your major professor or faculty advisor (include their contact information – email and telephone number)
  • A one-page statement on why you should be selected

Please group application materials into a single PDF file.

 

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 23, 2018. Please direct all questions to ethics@rpanet.org.

 
 
 
 

Register 2018 Photo Contest

Grand prize of $500.00!

Runner-up prize of $250.00

Complimentary dues for 2019 will be awarded to every photo contest participant who submits one complete entry by the May 15th deadline.

 

  
 

Spring 2018 Registrant Update

The Register’s Board of Directors met in New Orleans on January 3, during the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Annual Conference. The Board is moving forward with the implementation of the ambitious 5-year plan approved in 2017. Key elements of the plan include:

 

  • improving professional support for registrants,
  • reexamining registration criteria, the Code of Conduct, and the Standards of Research Performance against the needs, realities, and evolution of professional archaeological practice,
  • building organizational infrastructure and staff,
  • consideration of accrediting academic programs and archaeological consulting firms,
  • marketing the Register brand (and RPAs) to the “consumers” of archaeology (e.g. clients, public, agencies), and
  • creating a “market” for all those continuing professional education credits you are receiving from the Register.

 

The Register is completing a refresh of the web site, with a new and much improved “back-end” registrant management system, and is establishing a new web site that is a comprehensive listing of resources on ethics in archaeology. Both sites should be on-line this spring. The data for the latter site was collected by the Register’s Ethics Intern last summer. The Ethics Intern program will continue under the oversight of a newly Board-established Ethics Committee that will also oversee the Register’s participation in and sponsorship of the three Ethics Bowls (SAA, SHA, and CIfA) that the Register supports.

 

Work is finalizing, as well, on a more explicit statement on harassment: harassment of any kind is not acceptable professional behavior. Harassment has always generally been covered in the Code of Conduct, but the Board felt that the topic should be explicitly addressed in the Code. Under the facilitation of the Grievance Coordinator, a task force has been working on drafting this new language.

 

On the financial side, an operating budget of $195,000 was approved. Dues will increase slightly by less than one percent for 2019. This is the first time that dues have been increased in the 20-year history of the Register. The increase is necessary to cover inflation-reduced purchasing power and the expanding support of registrants through the initiatives of the new five-year plan.

 

Celebration and congratulations are due to new Register awardees and volunteers. Dr. James Bruseth, RPA 11186 received the Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio received the John F. Seiberling Award. The Department of Anthropology at Florida State University received a Presidential Recognition Award for, among other things, requiring that archaeology faculty members are RPAs. With no staff of our own, the work of the Register is carried on by volunteer RPAs serving in a variety of roles and we extend a hearty thanks to those who retired from Register service

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Always feel free to reach out to us to let us know how the Register can better support your professional practice!

 

Christopher D. Dore, RPA 10331, President

president@rpanet.org

 

Linda Stine, RPA 11037, President-elect

president-elect@rpanet.org

 

 

 

Register of Professional Archaeologists Awards

 

The Register of Professional Archaeologists (the Register) congratulates its award recipients!

 

The Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. James Bruseth, RPA 11186. The Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards given by the Register. It is awarded for "recognition of the distinguished service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist for achieving the mission of the Register of Professional Archaeologists as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service." This year's recipient, Jim Bruseth, personifies the service to the Register and profession exemplified by Charles R. McGimsey and Hester Davis.

 

Click here for the full text of the award.

 

 

 

The John F. Seiberling Award was presented to Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. Senator Portman has been a national political leader on issues affecting the practice of archaeology in the United States. Senator Portman has successfully enacted several pieces of legislation that offer pragmatic, bi-partisan solutions to the challenges of balancing development and protection of America’s cultural resources. These include the Federal Permitting Improvement Act (FAST-41) and the National Parks Service Centennial Act. He has co-introduced the National Park Service Legacy Act, bipartisan legislation that would address the $12 billion maintenance backlog at the National Park Service. These initiatives follow six terms of service in the House of Representatives with equal accomplishments. The Register is honored to award the John F. Seiberling Award to Senator Rob Portman for serving as a leading voice for historic preservation in the U.S. Senate.

 

Click here for the full text of the award.

 

 

The Presidential Recognition Award was given to the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University (FSU). Most notably, FSU’s Anthropology Department requires Register certification for archaeology faculty and this is a formal part of the Department’s hiring criteria. Additionally, the Department was the first to have a Register-certified field school. With a history of faculty service to the Register, and an on-going effort to have graduate students ready for registration at graduation, FSU’s Department of Anthropology is a worthy award recipient and is leading the academy on archaeological professionalism.

 

Click here for the full text of the award.

 

This year, recipients of the awards were acknowledged at the Society for Historical Archaeology 2018 Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Register thanks the Society for Historical Archaeology for generously providing time for the Register at their awards ceremony.

 

 




 

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