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2023 David A. Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given for cumulative contributions to California archaeology that have spanned a lifetime and are therefore reserved for the elder members of our profession. 

Tom Origer
Origer and Associates
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Award Recipients:
*originally called the Lifetime Achievement Award

2023 - Tom Origer
2022 - Mark Q. Sutton

2021 - Kent Lightfoot

2020 - Julia Bendímez

2019 - Julia Costello

2018 - Randy Milliken

2017 - Shelly Davis-King

2016 - Terry L. Jones

2015 – Michael J. Moratto

2014 – Susan M. Hector

2013 – Glenn J. Farris

2012 – Andrew Yatsko III*

2011 – Joseph Chartkoff*

2010 – Ken Wilson*

2009 – Russell L. Kaldenberg*

2008 – Eric Ritter*

2007 – Keith L. Johnson*

2006 – Michael A. Glassow*

2005 – L. Mark Raab*

2004 – Lowell John Bean*

2003 – William (Bill) Olsen*

2002 – Robert L. Edwards*

2001 – Jerald J. Johnson*

2000 – Thomas Blackburn*

1999 – Makoto Kowta*

1998 – Jay von Werlhof*

1997 – Vera Mae Fredrickson*

1996 – Claude Warren*

1995 – Francis Riddell*

1994 - Roberta Greenwood*

1993 – David Frederickson*

1992 – D. L. True*

1991 – Lawrence Dawson*

1990 – James A. Bennyhoff*

1989 – Bert A. Gerow*

1988 – Phil C. Orr*

1986 – Albert Elsasser*

1985 – Franklin Fenenga*

1984 – Paul Ezell*

1983 – William J. Wallace*

1982 – Emma Lou Davis*

2023 California Indian Heritage Preservation Award​

Corrina Gould
Tribal Chair of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
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This award is similar to the SCA’s prestigious award Lifetime Achievement Award and is given for cumulative contributions by an individual or group to the preservation of their cultural heritage.

The Society for California Archaeology is honored to formally recognize contributions made by California Indians to the preservation of their cultural heritage. The desire to preserve the heritage of this state is something that California Indians and archaeologists have in common.

We know that many generations of California Indians have struggled for cultural survival and autonomy. Through this struggle, they have persevered, and in doing so, have given us a greater understanding of their culture and history. Their perseverance has also led to the current blossoming of California Indian heritage. Recognizing that any one individual or group may have participated in many different ways, some examples of the kind of contributions this award is meant to honor including the following:

  • Maintaining traditional ways and knowledge
  • Creating cultural centers, demonstration sites, and workshops
  • Publishing, and otherwise documenting traditional stories, songs, and history
  • Educating archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians, thereby building bridges of understanding between the academic and traditional worlds
  • Participating in legal contexts to safeguard the respect of their ancestors, achieve federal recognition of their tribes, or otherwise taking part at state and national levels for the well-being of their communities
  • Improving the social, economic, and cultural well-being of their communities

The SCA California Indian Heritage Preservation Award was created to honor California Indians who have contributed to one or more of these important accomplishments. It is with sincere appreciation and respect that we offer this award each year from the year 2000 onward.

A nominee for this award:

  1. Need not be a member of the Society for California Archaeology.
  2. Must be nominated by a member of the Society for California Archaeology. Nonmembers may request a member to submit a nomination on their behalf.
  3. Must be a California Indian who has contributed to the preservation of his or her culture in a substantial way either through cumulative contributions or one exceptional contribution.

This award is most similar to the Society for California Archaeology's most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is most often given for cumulative contributions (by an individual or group) that have spanned a lifetime and therefore tends to be reserved for elder candidates. It may, however, be given to more junior candidates for outstanding onetime contributions. The goal of the award is to recognize one outstanding individual or group. However, occasionally more than one award may be given. It is also possible to give the award to individuals or groups from the past.

The individual or group recipient of the California Indian Heritage Preservation Award is notified well ahead of time so that they and their supporters can plan to attend the banquet. They are identified during the meeting with a special ribbon on their name tag, are provided accommodation and travel by the SCA, and are hosted to the banquet.

Nomination Instructions: Describe the individual’s career accomplishments, personal and professional highlights, scope of influence, and other achievements. 

Award Recipients:

2023 - Corrina Gould
2022 - Hon. Ron W. Goode
2021 - Nick Tipon
2020 - No Nomination
2019 - Valentin Lopez
2018 - Bill Madrigal, Sr.
2017 - Reba Fuller
2016 – Ernest and June Siva
2015 – Robert B. Burns
2014 – LeiLyn Odom
2013 – Linda Yamane
2012 – Gregg Castro

2011 – Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association
2010 – Cindi Alvitre
2009 – Jay Johnson
2008 – Charlie Cooke
2007 – Dwight Dutschke
2006 – Julia Parker
2005 – Patrick Orozco
2004 – Carmen Lucas
2003 – Larry Myers
2002 – Preston Jefferson Arrow-weed
2001 – Otis Parrish
2000 – Katherine Siva Saubel

2023 Martin A. Baumhoff Special Achievement Award

Ken Gobalet
Department of Biology
California State University, Bakersfield (ret.)
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This award is given for a distinct, noteworthy effort, or for cumulative efforts on special topics such as specialized analyses or publication. It has traditionally been announced as a surprise at the Awards Dinner.

Award Recipients:

2023 - Ken Gobalet

2022 – Kelly McGuire

2021 – no nomination

2020 – Californian State Parks

2019 – Lynn H. Gamble

2018 – Mark W. Allen

2017 – Jon Erlandson
2016 – Jeanne Arnold

2015 – William R. Hildebrandt

2014 – Victor Golla

2013 – Dwight D. Simons

2012 – Randy T. Milliken, Al Schwitalla, and Pacific Legacy

2011 – Don Laylander

2010 – Kent Lightfoot and Otis Parrish

2009 – Greg White

2008 – Terry Jones and Kathryn Klar

2007 – Robert L. Bettinger

2006 – Jack Meyer and Jeff Rosenthal

2005 – Irving Friedman and Robert L. Smith

2004 – Michael Moratto/Joseph Chartkoff

2003 – Thomas N. Layton
2002 – Michael A. Glassow

2001 – Glenn Farris

2000 – Richard E. Hughes – Randy Milliken

1998 – Sylvia Vane

1997 – Mark Sutton

1996 – Malcolm Margolin, News from Native California

1995 – Coyote Press: Gary S. Breschini and Trudy Haversat

1994 – Roy Salls

1993 – Phil Wilke

1992 – Jonathan O. Davis

1991 – W.I. Follett

1990 – Lavinia C. Knight

2023 Mark Raymond Harrington Award for Conservation Archaeology

Beverly R. Ortiz
Native California Research Institute
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This award recognizes contributions to site preservation, public archaeology, etc. It has traditionally been announced as a surprise at the Banquet. 

Award Recipients:

2023 - Beverly R. Ortiz
2022 – Barbara Tejada
2021 – Mark G. Hylkema
2020 – No Nomination
2019 – Richard A. Gould

2018 – Daniel F. McCarthy
2017 – 
Gary Breschini & Trudy Haversat
2016 – Amy Gilreath
2015 – Dr. Patricia C. Martz
2014 – Jerry Hopkins
2013 – Dan L. Mosier
2012 – Greg Greenway
2011 – Adrian Pratezellis
2010 – Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
2009 – Beth and Chris Padon
2008 – Janine McFarland
2007 – The Eleven Autonomous Bands of the Pit River Tribe
2006 – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
2005 – Julia Bendímez Patterson
2004 – Carolyn Shepherd
2003 – Beth and Chris Padon
2002 – John R. Johnson

2001 – Paul Chace
2000 – Mary Maniery
1999 – Valerie Levulett
1998 – Russ Kaldenberg
1997 – Chester King
1996 – John W. Foster
1995 – Thomas N. Layton
1994 – William Olsen
1993 – Paul Shumacher
1992 – Breck Parkman
1991 – Charles Rozaire
1990 – Lester A. Ross
1989 – San Diego County Archaeological Society
1988 – David A. Fredrickson
1987 – Ronald V. May
1986 – M. J. Moratto and W. Seidel
1985 – Don S. Miller
1983 – Thomas F. King
1982 – Jay Von Werlhof
1981 – Frank Latta
1980 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society
1979 – Fritz Riddell

2023 Helen C. Smith Award for Individual or Society Avocationalist Achievement

This award is given to an Avocational Society or Avocational Society Representative nominated by SCA members at large. There is a $200 cash award from the SCA.

Award Recipients:

2023 - No Nomination

2022 – Sierra Mono Museum and Cultural Center

2021 – Mary & Martin Jespersen

2020 – No Nomination

2019 – Astrid and Samuel Webb

2018 – Los Padres National Forest Partners in Preservation

2017 – Paul Peterson

2016 – No nomination

2015 – Gary A. Garrett

2014 – Jon Harman

2013 – Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara County, Inc.

2011 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

2009 – Nevada Rock Art Foundation

2008 – Colorado Desert District Archaeological Site Stewardship Program

2007 – Santa Clara County Archaeological Society

2006 – Ventura County Archaeological Society

2005 – San Diego Archaeological Center

2004 – Colorado Desert Archaeological Society

2003 – Pacific Coast Archaeological Society

2002 – Kern County Archaeological Society

2001 – Coastal Marine Archaeological Resources

2000 – Luther and Betsy Bertrando, San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society

1999– Sacramento Archaeological Society

1998 – Archaeological Survey Association of Southern California

1997 – Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation

1996 – Friends of Sierra Rockart

1995 – Santa Cruz Archaeological Society

1994 – San Diego Archaeological Society

1993 – Fresno Archaeological Society

2023 The SCA Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management

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The SCA Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management is given to an individual who shows outstanding leadership in the field of cultural resource management.  

Award Recipients:

2023 - Jennifer Darcangelo

2022 - CA State Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs)

2021 – Clayton Lebow
2020 – Patti Garcia

2019 – Elaine Sundahl

2018 – Randall Dean

2017 – Robert Jackson

2016– Susan Goldberg

2015 – Tina Biorn

2014 – Marie Cottrell

2013 – Randy S. Wiberg

2012 – Michael P. Sampson

2011 – Janet Eidsness

2010 – Far Western Anthropological Research Group
2009 – Duane Christian

2008 – Trish Fernandez

2007 – Information Centers of the California Historical Resource Inventory System

2006 – Stan Berryman

2004 – C. William Clewlow, Jr.

2003 – Adrian Praetzellis

2002 – Dwight Dutschke and Hans Kreutzberg

2001 – David Whitley

2000 – Michael J. Moratto

1999 – Brian Byrd

1998 – Thomas F. King

2023 Golden Shovel Award


The Golden Shovel Award is a special presidential commendation given to a longstanding member of the society who has made contributions through continued efforts in field or lab work.
Nomination Form

Award Recipients:

2023 - Thomas Wheeler
2022 – Patrick Moloney
2021 – Neil Rhodes
2020 – David Glover
2019 – Charlotte A. Smith
2018 – Marc D. Linder
2017 – Maureen Carpenter
2016 – Douglas McIntosh
2015 – Edward Mike
2014 – Jerry Doty
2013 – David Makar
2012 – Michael “Bucky” Buxton
2011 – Bill Stillman

2023 Outstanding Student Paper Award & Poster Awards



Giving a paper or poster at the SCA Annual Meeting? Submit your paper or poster by January 15,  to the SCA Student Paper Competition. Papers should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the SCA Business Office at with “Student Paper Competition” in the email subject line. Please include the name of a faculty advisor in the email. If you are submitting a poster, include all relevant files in full layout. The awardee wins money, prestige, a banquet ticket, and more! Submission guidelines may be found here.

Award Recipients:

2023 - Sue Hagen & Ajeng McCunney

2022 – Kimberly Algya

2021 – no award

2020 – Kyle Palazzolo

2019 – Noel Jones

2018 – Noel Jones and Katherine Jorgensen

2017 – Nichole Fournier

2016 – Lisa Bright

2015– No Award

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

2023 President’s Award

The President’s Award is given for above and beyond service to the SCA and California archaeology in general.

Award Recipients:

2023 – Elem Xemfo Dance Group, Elem Indian Colony
2022 – Adrian R. Whitaker & Suntayea Steinruck
2021 – Maggie Trumbly
2020 – Alex DeGeorgey, Michael Newland, Natalie Brodie, and the Institute of Canine Forensics
2019 – Dorthea (Dotty) Theodoratus
2018 – Helen McCarthy
2017 – Denise Wills
2015 – Patricia Mikkelsen
2014 – Tom Origer and C. Kristina Roper
2012 – Shelly Davis-King

2023 James A. Bennyhoff Research Award



Sabre Springs (CA-SDI-6669) is a large site with occupations dating from as early as 2950 BP to the end of the Late Prehistoric Period. A large excavation was conducted there in 1984 but the report was not written until 1992 and it was never widely circulated. For my sabbatical this fall, I am updating that report and preparing it for publication. The proposed new research is refining the chronology of the site using AMS dating (a technique we could not afford in 1990), combined with obsidian hydration and artifact typology. At many sites in the San Diego area, Archaic components are obscured by abundant Late Prehistoric material. The original dating budget and artifact analysis, especially the projectile point typology, allowed us to recognize a Sabre Springs Archaic occupation. One of the goals of this project is to refine our understanding of the dating of this occupation.

Award Recipients:
2022 – G. Timothy Gross
2021 – Richard Hughes

2023 James A. Bennyhoff Student Award

Award Recipients:

2023 - No award given

2022 - Jeremy McFarland

2022 - Liz Neic

2021 - Erica J. Bradley

2019 - Kristina Crawford

2018 – Brian Barbier

2018 – Nichole Fournier

2017 - David C. Harvey

2016 - Gregory R. Burns

2016 - Susan D. Talcott

2015 - Allison Hill

2014 – No award given

2013 – Carly Whelan

2012 – Devin L. Snyder

2011 – Kristina Gill

2010 – Melanie Beasley

2009 –John Schlagheck

2008 –Terry Joslin

2007 – Donna Gillette

2006 – Elizabeth Sutton

2005 – Allika Ruby

2004 – Deanna Grimstead

2004 - Brandon Patterson

2003 – Shannon Tushingham

2002 – Alexander Degeorgy

2001 Kathleen Hull

2000 Torbin Rick

1999 Sharon McFarland

1998 Eric Wohlgemuth

1997 – Rene Vellanoweth

1996 – Nelson Siefkin

2023 Charles E. Rozaire Award for Student Research in California Archaeology

Jill Eubanks

“Investigating Precontact Resource Conservation of Artiodactyl Populations in the San Francisco Bay Area”

Building upon previous models (diet breadth, costly signaling, climate change, and resource intensification) which use a single explanatory cause to explain the artiodactyl abundance, the proposed research investigates how Ancestral Ohlone peoples hunted deer in the California, San Francisco Bay area. Using CRM-generated collections and multiple lines of evidence collected from teeth and bone, the proposed research will test the hypothesis that the increase of artiodactyl remains in the Bay Area archaeological record is the result of people actively managing non-migrating species (deer) by focusing their hunting efforts on males, allowing females to reach sexual maturity and reproduce. By contrast, the proposed research will also test the hypothesis that migrating species (elk) were not managed but intensively hunted, regardless of age or sex, due to an inability to ensure that management practices could be enforced outside the local kin group. Data to test these hypotheses will be drawn from (1) proteomic analysis to estimate sex of artiodactyl remains; (2) dental cementum increment analysis to estimate artiodactyl age and season of death; (3) sulfur isotope analysis to estimate possible artiodactyl migration movements and locality of death (i.e., local versus non-local individuals); and (4) environmental habitat and diet reconstruction based on carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis.

2023 SCA Orphaned Archaeological Collections Professional Services and Curation Project


The primary objective of the proposed project is to inventory and extract faunal and chronological data from orphaned collections of a series of prominent shell midden sites on Santa Rosa Island (SRI)  excavated from 1996 to 1999 by Dr. Douglas Kennett and Don Morris. For this project, I will inventory and extract faunal data from five large coastal settlement sites: CA-SRI-28 (1 unit), CA-SRI-40 (2 units), CA-SRI-41 (1 unit), CA-SRI-77 (1 unit, 1 column sample), and CA-SRI-96 (1 unit). These collections have only been partially sorted by undergraduate volunteers, and only limited chronological data from them has been published (Kennett 1998, 2005). The sites that I propose to investigate represent important coastal residential sites that, along with data from a previously published site that I will also prepare for accessioning (CA-SRI-97), have the potential to provide valuable information about the nature of increased territoriality and social complexity that occurred on the northern Channel Islands during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly (MCA; 1150-600 BP; Jazwa et al. 2019; Arnold 1992; Kennett et al. 2009). Furthermore, analysis of these existing collections decreases the need for additional excavation on SRI and will allow for the opportunity to accession these existing collections, making them available for future researchers. Additionally, I plan to rely heavily on existing faunal collections as the primary source of archaeological data for my dissertation research at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and this project represents the beginning of my data collection. I request $2600 to fund four radiocarbon dates that are necessary to refine the chronology of site use, pay undergraduate students hourly to assist with collections processing, and travel to the Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) to accession these collections.

The call for proposals for this project goes out each year in October 

2023 Emma Lou Davis Mentorship Award

Tsim Schneider
Tribal Citizen, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz

The Emma Lou Davis Mentorship Award was instituted in 2021 at the request of the Women in California Archaeology (WCA) committee and the Coalition for California Diversity (CDCA). From the Newsletter (Colligan 2022: SCA Newsletter 56(2):11:
“The inspiration for this award came from a recent SCA survey (VanDerwarker et al. 2018) that identified the crucial role mentorship has played in archaeology. This issue is particularly salient for women and underrepresented groups. Good mentorship can save us from dropping out at difficult points in our careers and aid in building network alliances. As a result, members of the WCA and CDCA have sponsored this Mentorship Award to honor archaeologists who have mentored women and underrepresented communities in the discipline in a significant way. We aim to recognize valuable contributions by our colleagues and peers who assist others and contribute to making archaeology a more equitable and diverse space. We want to honor this award by naming it after Emma Lou Davis, a renowned archaeologist whose pioneering work paved the way for a more diverse field today.”

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