Award Details


Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management

Nomination/Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2019

Award Description

This award will be presented to an individual or a group to recognize lifetime contributions and special achievements in the categories of program administration/management, site preservation, and research in cultural resource management. It is intended that at least one award will be made each year and the category will rotate annually. The 2020 Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management will be presented in the PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT category.  Candidates may include individuals employed by federal, state, tribal, or local government agencies, museums, educational institutions, and similar institutions who have developed and or implemented public policy, regulations, and ordinances that further cultural resource site protection and historic preservation on a local or regional basis.

Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award

Any professional archaeologist may submit a nomination for this award. Awardees may be members or nonmembers of the SAA. 

Nomination/Submission Materials Required

Nominators must submit a curriculum vita along with any relevant supporting documents. All nomination materials are to be submitted electronically, with the Award Nomination Form.

A detailed description of the nominee’s accomplishments with respect to furthering preservation. Preservation can include to specific projects, program development, public involvement, and/or policy development, among others.

Other Special Requirements


Nature of Award (e.g. monetary, medal, symposium)

The awardee is recognized by the SAA through a plaque presented during the business meeting held at the Annual Meeting, a citation in The SAA Archaeological Record, and acknowledgment on the awards page of the SAA Website.

Current Committee Charge

The Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management Committee solicits nominations and selects recipients for the Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management, which recognizes an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to archaeology or historic preservation in a cultural resource management setting. This might include, but is not limited to, significant contributions in preservation, research, publication, education, and/or administration.

Committee Composition

Committee composition is chair and at least four members.

Term Length

Term length is three years. Individuals ending their terms cycle off the committee at the close of the Business Meeting held during the annual SAA Meeting, and new appointees begin their terms at this time. 

Award Cycle

The award cycles through three categories (program administration/management [2020], preservation [2021], and research [2022]... and the cycle continues). 

Committee Chair and End of Term

Kimball M. Banks [2020]

Committee Chair Contact Information, Kimball M. Banks, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc., 11495 W. 8th Ave., Suite 104, Lakewood CO, 80215, Phone 406.670.8374 (cell)

Committee Members and Ends of Terms

John McCarthy [2020], Richard Ciolek-Torello [2020], Linda Scott Cummings [2021], Vanessa Mirro [2021], Holly Norton [2021]

Selection or Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated based on lifetime contributions and special achievements, including contributions to the field of archaeology and cultural resource management.

Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue)

The committee meets electronically after the nomination deadline has passed.


2019  Duane E. Peter
Duane is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has been involved in cultural resource management for over 40 years. He joined Geo‐Marine, Inc. (now part of Versar, Inc.), in 1987 as their first archaeologist. Thirty years later he retired from the company having built a program that included archaeologists, architectural historians, and GIS specialists in three primary offices. He promoted the development of innovative and cutting research techniques, including photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, predictive modeling and remote sensing. He brought these techniques to projects in 45 states, the evaluation of over 2,000 archaeological sites and 700 Cold War-era resources, the survey of over 323,000 acres, and the preparation of over 900 technical reports. Duane built a CRM program known for excellence and quality research across the nation. Finally, Duane was a founding member of the American Cultural Resources Association and has helped guide the growth of that organization.

2018 Myles Miller

2017 Jeffery Franz Burton

2016 Tom Emerson

2015 No award given.

2014 Mark Michel

2013 Henry Wallace

2012 None

2011 Nelly Robles García

2010 William H. Doelle

2009 Michael Beckes

2008 John Walthall

2007 George Smith

2006 None

2005 Arizona Site Steward Program

2004 Linda Mayro

2003 John Milner Associates, The General Services Administration

2002 Laurence W. Spanne

2001 None

2000 Robert J. Jackson

1999 David G. Anderson

1998 David A. Frederickson

1997 James J. Miller

1996 William R. Hildebrandt

1995 Lawrence E. Aten, Calvin R. Cummings, Shereen Lerner, Charles R. McGimsey III

1994 Hester A. Davis