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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 Cordell

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.


Robert Powers

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.