Recognition by Non-Archaeology Concerns...

Below are awards bestowed by non-archaeology entities that honor archaeology-related efforts by and for the public. These award topics include, among others, archaeology as education, resource protection, and media coverage about archaeology.

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Overhead view, African Burial Ground Project. (Photo: NPS)


Preserve America
Presidential Award
2008 Recipient: African Burial Ground Project
The Preserve America Presidential Award is the highest national award for historic preservation achievement. Preserve America is a White House initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation; U.S. General Services Administration; National Endowment for the Humanities; President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

National Association of Gifted Children
Curriculum Study Award
2001 Recipient: Baltimore County Public Schools Grade-3 Archaeology Gifted and Talented Curriculum.

National Council for The Social Studies (NCSS)
Program of Excellence Curriculum Award for Outstanding Social Studies Programming in the Nation.
1995 Recipient: Archaeology and Critical Thinking Program of the Baltimore County Public Schools Center for Archaeology

Maryland Council For The Social Studies
Outstanding Programming Award for Outstanding Social Studies Programming in Maryland
1994 Recipient: Center for Archaeology/Baltimore County Public Schools

Better Homes and Gardens
National Reconstruction/Restoration Competition
1999 Honorary Mention:Peter Goff Tenant House Museum project (reconstruction of an excavated house site).

Association of American Geographers
Applied Geography -- Project Awards Program
AGSG Citation Award

A Citation Award is recognition for a project, report, or study that has had a significant impact upon the field of Applied Geography.
Citation for Steven Branting, 2004
The Applied Geography Specialty Group grants a Citation Award to Steven Brantling and his co-researchers Ian Coleman, Nathaniel Ebel, Emerson Follett, Matthew Schulz, and Christopher Wagner from Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho, for the applied geography project "The 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study." The goal of this project was to use GIS, remote sensing, and other technology to identify the true location and identity of certain historical graves, finally solving a century-old historical mystery. Additional merit for this project was grated to Brantling and his student researchers by the History Channel, who named this project one of the 15 finalists in their "Save our History" program.

Preservation Idaho (The Idaho Historic Preservation Council)
Dedicated to preserving the state's historic and cultural resources through education and advocacy.
2004 Orchid Award -- Cultural Heritage Preservation
5th Street Cemetery Necrographical Study
Completed by Steven Branting, Ian Coleman, Nathaniel Ebel, and Christopher Wagner from Jenifer Hunior High School.

Save Our History Program (The History Channel)
The History Channel description of the Save Our History program: "In every town, there are historic neighborhoods, building, sites, artifacts and stories in danger of being lost forever. To encourage communities to join together to help save endangered local treasures, The History Channel has developed the Save Our History National Awards Program." Organizations and schools from across the USA vie for an invitation and a chance at the $30,000 in prize monies. (Sixteen projects were eventually chosen.)
2005 Finalist for historic preservation: 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study.
Dr. James Ronda, Barnard Professor of Western History, University of Tulsa, wrote: "This is an exceptional project that introduces students (and members of the wider public) to both traditional research methods and the most recent technologies. In many ways I see this project as social history at its best." Dr. Barry Wellar, University of Ottawa, Canada, adds: "The 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study is a substantive piece of research, which not only incorporates a number of geographical concepts and techniques, including those associated with geographic information systems, but it demonstrates the application of those concepts and techniques in ways that are instructive, informative and societally relevant." Aided by the efforts of Ebel, Wagner, Ian Coleman, Emerson Follett and Matt Schulz, Branting has used the project as a model for teachers and local historians in how to reconstruct a community's heritage. Marrying traditional history, archaeology, geographic information systems and remote sensing, the project has included two university courses for the students, who are now sophomores at Lewiston High School, Lewiston ID.

National Council for Geographic Education
Geography in Excellence in Media Award
2005 Recipient: The 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study.
Mr. Branting was recognized for his outstanding contribution to geographic education and meritorious scholarship outside the normal geographic media that promotes geographic education.

American Association for State and Local History
Certificate of Commendation
Recipient: Jenifer Jr. High School (Lewiston, Idaho).
Granted for identification of unmarked burials remaining in the 5th Street Cemetery. "...This is an exceptional project that introduces students (and members of the wider public) to both traditional research methods and the most recent technologies. In many ways I see this project as social history at its best." (Dr. James Ronda, Barnard Professor of Western History, University of Tulsa).

ESRI GIS Mapping and Software
(Industry Award)
Community Atlas Award (2002): Jenifer Jr. High School (Lewiston, Idaho)
ESRI honored the seventh grade GIS class of Jenifer Junior High School for their work on the 5th Street Cemetery which used ESRI's GIS mapping software. The Award was presented at the opening session of its 22nd Annual International User Conference in San Diego