Cordell-Powers Prize

The Cordell-Powers Prize is an award for the best extemporaneous talk presented at the Pecos Conference each year by an archaeologist 35 years of age or younger.

The competition honors Linda S. Cordell and Robert P. Powers: teachers, mentors, advisers and friends to countless Southwestern archaeologists.

Applicants must register for the Pecos Conference, submit a title for their talk, a 100-word abstract and proof of age. The Prize Committee will select 10 applicants based on abstract quality and content, to present their papers at the Pecos Conference.


The Cordell-Powers Prizes are supported by donations from the Southwest archaeology community. Donations should be sent to:

Cordell-Powers Prize

c/o 764 Pawnee

Flagstaff, AZ 86006 

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Ruth Van Dyke, chair, Cordell-Powers Prize Committee at

Rules for Cordell-Powers presentations:

--Presentations are limited to 10 minutes
--Presentations may report on interim or final results of archaeological field work or on research in which the speaker is an investigator or participant.
--Because the Pecos Conference is held outdoors, audiovisuals and electronic media are not permitted.

--Awards will be based on delivery, ability to engage the audience, organization and professionalism of the presentation, interest and importance of the subject matter, and the speaker’s adherence to the time limit.

Prizes in 2018:

--Two First Prizes: $550

--Second prize: $300

--Third prize: $150
--Two honorable mentions: $100 each

--Five participants: $50 each.