James R. Wiseman Book Award

2015 Wiseman Book Award winner Elspeth Dusinberre.

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 general 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 16, 2015.

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

    2015 Wiseman Book Award: Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia by Elspeth R. M. Dusinberre

    Elspeth Dusinberre (A.B. summa cum laude Harvard 1991, Ph.D. Michigan 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while her third book, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (Cambridge 2013) considers all of Anatolia and proposes a wholly new model for understanding imperialism in general. Her second book is a diachronic excavation monograph, Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society (Philadelphia 2005). She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca. 500 BCE), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dağ in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. Professor Dusinberre teaches primarily Greek and Near Eastern archaeology, with a little Egyptian and Roman archaeology plus Greek and Latin language thrown in. She has been awarded six University of Colorado teaching awards, the system-wide President's Teaching Scholar Award, the Chancellor's Faculty Recognition Award, and the Faculty Graduate Advisor Award.


    Past Winners of the James R. Wiseman Book Award

    2014 Bryan Burns: Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity
    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 

    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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