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Week #3 PECOS FIX!
August 16-22, 2020
When the Pecos Conference began, it focused on research being conducted by the titans of archaeology at the time like Kidder and Hewett. Since 1927 there has been a battle for student representation at the conference, and young participation has ebbed and flowed. In 2014 after the passing of Linda Cordell, several conference regulars concocted a competition for young archaeological presenters. Since then, the Cordell/Powers prize has drawn increasing numbers of students and provided the Big Tent as a venue for their progressive ideas and paradigm shifts.
This week the PECOS FIX! will explore conference honors and awards that honor people that are currently shaping the field of archaeology.
Linda's contributions to Southwestern archaeology are vast, she authored the authoritative book on the subject entitled Prehistory of the Southwest. Most known for her leadership and mentorship, Linda's legacy continues through her students.
Bob's long career in archaeology was primarily with the National Park Service, one of his most notable contributions was a major survey of Bandelier National Monument. Bob was committed to mentoring young archaeologists and encouraging collegiality in field work.
What is the Cordell/Powers Prize?
The Cordell and Powers Prize is a competition that honors Linda S. Cordell and Robert P. Powers: teachers, mentors, advisors, and friends to countless Southwestern archaeologists. The top prize will be awarded for the two best extemporaneous talks presented at the Pecos Conference by archaeologists 35 years of age or younger. Both top winners will be awarded $700 along with the Cordell and the Powers prize objects, respectively.
Additional awards include second place ($550), third place ($400), 2 honorable mentions ($175), and 4 participation prizes ($75). Previous winners of the Cordell or the Powers Prize are ineligible to re-enter the competition. Only single-authored papers will be considered for the competition. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes. Because the Pecos Conference is held outdoors, audiovisuals and electronic media are not permitted. The presentations are judged 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.
A Few Award-Winning Talks
While there is not a video record of all of the winning Cordell/Powers Prize presentations, here are a few that were lucky enough to be captured. Which Cordell/Powers Prize talk has been your favorite?
Where Are They Now?
This week the Cordell/Powers Prize winners were asked to give you a little update about where they are now, and how the Pecos Conference and the C/P competition has changed the trajectory of their careers.
Current Research by the Cordell Prize Holder
Our Cordell/Powers Prize winners continue to be ground-breaking in their fields. This week you have the oporotunity to listien in to Genevieve Woodhead present on her current research.
Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:00 p.m. MDT
Brought to you by the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
What Can We Learn From Coiling & Corrugation in Southwest Ceramics? Prehispanic corrugated pottery sherds are ubiquitous in the northern US Southwest. And yet, corrugation seems unique to this part of the world. From the 900s to the 1200s A.D., corrugated pottery was popular throughout portions of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. This presentation describes how prehispanic potters constructed corrugated vessels and how these vessels resemble and differ from historic and contemporary Pueblo pots.
The webinar is suitable for lifelong learners from high school students to adults. The lesson is free.
Donate To The Cordell/Powers Prize
If you would like to donate to the Cordell/Powers Prize fund, please send checks to Cordell/Powers Prize, Southwestern Archaeology, Inc., 765 Pawnee, Flagstaff, Arizona 86005.
You can also use the link below to donate digitally. Please be sure to specify that the donation is for the Cordell/Powers Prize when prompted.
Southwestern Archaeology, Inc., is a 501c3. You will receive documentation for tax filing purposes.
Byron Cummings Award
The Cordell/Powers Prize is not the only awards given at the Pecos Conference. Each year we are happy to share the stage with the Arizona Archaeological & Historical Society to present several honors to individuals who have contributed significantly to the field over their careers. This year they would like to virtually present the Byron Cummings Award to Stephen H. Lekson and John D. Speth.
The Arizona Archaeological & Historical Society states:
"Arch and Hist planned to present Byron Cummings Awards, Victor R. Stoner Awards, and Alexander Lindsay Unsung Hero Awards at the Pecos Conference this weekend. As folks could not gather for the conference this year we are presenting the awards here on Facebook. Starting today we will highlight one award a week for the next three weeks through video presentations, starting with two Byron Cummings awards. Congratulations to all of the awardees! "
These are not the only awards that the society has to give out this year, we will be sharing more next week. Check out the videos above for more information about this year's awardees. Congrats!