James R. Wiseman Book Award


2014 Wiseman Book Award winner Bryan Burns.

Each year the James R. Wiseman Book Award Committee will recommend, in time for presentation of the award at the Annual Meeting of the Institute, the academic work on an archaeological topic  it deems most worthy of recognition in that year. Books and monographs bearing a date of publication within the four calendar years prior to (not including) the year of the Annual Meeting at which the award is made will be eligible for consideration. Fieldwork volumes are welcome; textbooks will not be considered, and handbooks or other edited volumes must be exceptionally strong contriubtions in order to qualify for consideration.

AIA members are encouraged to suggest books worthy of the award by filling out the Nomination Form. Authors and publishers may also bring their books to the committee's attention by sending a Letter of Nomination and four sample copies for distribution to the committee to the address below. Publishers should nominate no more than two (2) books per year and should ensure that the books meet the criteria of the award.  The author must be a member of the Archaeological Institute of American in good standing. Books may be submitted for the award only once, and should not be re-submitted unless specifically requested by the committee. Books intended for a gneeral audience should be nominated for the Felicia A. Holton Book Award.

Due Date for Nomination
Letter of nomination and books should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than March 17, 2014.

Wiseman Book Award
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Questions about the Book Award may be directed to Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator, at the above address.

2014 Wiseman Book Award Winner: Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity by Bryan Burns

Professor Bryan Burns received his B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993) and his MA & PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan (1999). Currently working as Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, a Co-Directorof Eleon Excavations (Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project) in Greece, and President of Archaeological Institute of America Boston Society, his research specialty is Aegean prehistory, the study of early cultural phases in the Greek mainland and Aegean islands, in particular the Late Bronze Age societies of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece (ca. 1700 - 1100 BCE). He has published Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity (Cambridge 2010) and is actively engaged in archeological fieldwork, studying the ancient settlements in a broad agricultural plain in the region of Boeotia in central Greece. He is also co-chair of the Lambda Classical Caucus, an affiliate organization of the American Philological Association, which promotes research bridging classics, gender theory, and the history of sexuality, and was recently elected to the Alumni Council of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the premiere research institute for the study of antiquity in Greece.

 

Past Winners of the James R. Wiseman Book Award

2013 Kathleen Lynch:  The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House in the Athenian Agora
2012 Michael Dietler:  Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France
2011 Peter G. Stone and Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly:  The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq
2010 Judith McKenzie: The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt c. 300 B.C. to A.D. 700
2009 Joan Breton Connelly: Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece
2008 Sheila Dillon: Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects and Styles
2007 Lynne C. Lancaster: Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovations in Context
2006 Bruce G. Trigger: Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study
2005 Tony Wilkinson: Archaeological Landscapes of the Near East
2004 Gloria Ferrari Pinney: Figures of Speech: Men and Maidens in Ancient Greece
2003 Cyprian Broodbank: An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades
2002 Lynn Roller: In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele
2001 Graeme Barker, David Gilbertson, Barri Jones, and David Mattingly: Farming the Desert: The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey, Vol. 1: Synthesis, edited by Graeme Barker and Vol. 2: Gazetteer and Pottery, edited by David Mattingly.
1999 Joseph Coleman Carter: The Chora of Metaponto: The Necropoleis
1998 Janet DeLaine: The Baths of Caracalla: A Study in the Design, Construction, and Economics of Large-scale Building Projects in Imperial Rome.
1997 Carol C. Mattusch: Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary
1996 P. Roger Moorey: Mesopotamian Materials and Industries: The Archaeological Evidence
1995 Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum
1994 Patricia Anawalt and Frances Berdan: Codex Mendoza
1993 Sarah P. Morris: Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art 
1992

Robert Chapman: Emerging Complexity: The Later Prehistory of South-east Spain, Iberia, and the West Mediterranean  and    John Malcolm Russell: Sennacherib's Palace without Rival at Nineveh

1991 Bruce Graham Trigger: A History of Archaeological Thought and
Frances Dodds Van Keuren: The Frieze from the Hera I Temple at Foce del Sele
1990 Oscar White Muscarella: Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1989 Anna Marguerite McCann: The Roman Port and Fishery of Cosa: A Center of Ancient Trade

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