Who Can Apply: The Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement is the highest award the Archaeological Institute of America bestows. Candidates for the award should normally be members of the Archaeological Institute of America. As this award is for contributions to archaeology on the basis of distinguished research and field work, the strongest (and generally the most appropriate) candidates are typically senior scholars who are at a relatively advanced stage in their careers. Therefore, this award could be considered analogous to a lifetime achievement award – that is, distinguished achievement over a career (although not necessarily at the end of a career).
The candidate’s primary achievement should be in the form of impact on the discipline through research and/or field work (including museum work), although other types of contributions, for example through teaching or service, may be considered as additional factors in support of the nomination.
The committee is charged not only with considering nominations received from others, but with actively soliciting nominations for this award, and with selecting the best candidate. Nominations remain active for three years. In the event the committee members agree there are no deserving candidates among the nominees, the Gold Medal will not be awarded that year.
Deadline: November 15, 2021