Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology
Nomination/Submission Deadline: 06 Jan 2020
The Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology will be presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean. In selecting the recipient of this award, the committee will pay particular attention to the cultural context in which the nominee works and to the different pathways to creating and promoting excellence in Latin American and Caribbean archaeology. The award is open to individuals at any point in their careers.
Who Is Eligible to Submit Nominations or Apply for the Award
Any SAA member may nominate an individual for this award. Awardees must be members of the SAA.
Nomination/Submission Materials Required
Nominators are required to submit 1) a nomination letter, 2) a detailed curriculum vita of the nominee that includes a complete bibliography of local and international research publications, 3) brief description of the academic and/or cultural impact of research, publications and other relevant activities and 4) at least two supporting letters; one supporting letter should be from a Latin American or Caribbean archaeologists and one supporting letter should be from a Latin Americanist/Caribbeanist. All nominations and supporting documents are requested in PDF format to be sent via email to the committee chair.
Other Special Requirements
All nominations and supporting documents are requested in PDF format to be sent via email to the committee chair.
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 committee is charged with selecting a recipient for the Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology, to be presented annually in recognition of a member (regardless of national origin) who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Committee composition is one chair and eight members, with representatives from the Southern Cone of South America, the Andes, Amazonia/Brazil, northern South America, Central America, the Maya region, central and northern Mexico, and the Caribbean. The chair shall be selected by the SAA Board and the committee shall be coordinated through the Awards Committee.
Committee Chair and End of Term
Calogero M. Santoro 
Committee Chair Contact Information
email@example.com, Antofagasta1520, 100236 ARICA, CHILE 56-58-220-5896
Committee Members and Ends of Terms
Anabel Ford, RPA , Thomas C. Hart , Leah D. Minc , Shawn G. Morton , Frances M. Hayashida , Eduardo G. Neves , Maria-Cristina Pineda De Carias , Veronica Williams 
Selection or Evaluation Criteria
Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean archaeology is seen as a context-specific concept that must be evaluated in terms of the economic, political, cultural, academic and professional circumstances within which each candidate has pursued the practice of the profession and/or generation of archaeological knowledge, through such activities as research, institutional development, teaching and training of students, public awareness, cultural heritage preservation, among others.
Committee Deliberation Process (e.g. dates, venue)
All communication is via email. Immediately following the deadline for nominations and supporting materials and reception of all existing documents by the committee chair by January 6, files are forwarded to the committee members to begin deliberation. Committee members are requested to finish reviewing documents and submit recommendations by January 25. A final decision is made by January 27, at which time the text of the award citation is prepared and distributed among the committee members for final opinions. The decision and citation are communicated to the Chair of the Committee on Awards, who in turn notifies the Executive Director and President by January 31. The committee, upon consultation with the nominator(s), may roll over second and third-ranked candidates for an additional year of eligibility for the award (as per Motion 132-74B, Board of Directors Meeting #132, October 2013).
2019 Not awarded
2018 Maria Victoria Castro Rojas
Victoria Castro is honored for her remarkably prolific and influential scholarship, notable for both its breadth and innovative contributions. Recognizing from the start that social, ritual, economic, and ecological aspects of human life are inseparable, Prof. Castro defined an interdisciplinary approach that integrated archaeology with ethnohistory, ethnobiology, and cultural anthropology, and drew on descendant communities to incorporate their knowledge of the past. Throughout her career, she has fought to gain recognition for the achievements of prehispanic indigenous people and their modern descendants, serving as guiding member of the UNESCO international committee designating the Qhapaq Ñan (Inka road) World Heritage Site, and as adviser for the Great Inka Road exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She has mentored generations of archaeologists, who have gone on to prominent careers in Chile and abroad. For these reasons, the Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology is richly deserved.
2017 Not awarded
2016 Robert 'Dick’ Drennan
2015 Jeffrey Parsons
2014 Luis Alberto Borrero
2013 Luis Lumbreras
2012 Not awarded
2011 Jeremy A. Sabloff