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RULES AND GUIDELINES

ASHA Awards 2015

ASHA members are invited to nominate recent work for consideration in the ASHA Awards program. The ASHA Awards program aims to promote excellence in historical archaeology in Australasia by recognising best practice in the heritage management of historical archaeology; promoting the communication of archaeological results to the public; and rewarding outstanding research by students. The winners will be announced at the annual conference dinner. All award winners will be published in the Newsletter and on the ASHA web site.

The nominations for the Judy Birmingham, Martin Davies, and Graham Connah Awards will be judged by a three-person panel chaired by the Past-President of ASHA. The panel will consist of representatives from the consulting profession, government heritage agencies, and academia. All judges must be financial members of ASHA. Those on the judging panel cannot be nominees for awards while serving as judges.

The nominations for the R. Ian Jack and Maureen Byrne Awards will be judged by a panel consisting of three academic archaeologists from universities in Australia and New Zealand.

ASHA reserves the right not to make an award if nominations are too few in number or judged of insufficient quality. The judgement of the panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions. Entries will not be returned. Winning entries will be lodged in the ASHA archives and may be used by ASHA for training and promotional purposes, with credits to the individuals and agencies involved.

R. Ian Jack Award for Best Honours or Coursework Masters Thesis

This award will be made to the best thesis completed by an Honours student, MA Preliminary student, Graduate Diploma student, or Coursework Masters student in a university in Australia or New Zealand. To be eligible for this award the thesis must have been completed in 2013 or 2014, and must be research related to historical archaeology. The thesis must be nominated by the supervisor.

The entrant must supply a digital copy of the thesis and accompanying appendices.

The award will consist of a cash prize of $200, a certificate, and assistance with preparing an article based on the research for publication in Australasian Historical Archaeology.

Nominations will be judged on the basis of timeliness and significance of the research aims, appropriateness and effectiveness of methodology, accuracy of information, presentation, and general contribution to the field of historical archaeology.

Maureen Byrne Award for Best Post-Graduate Thesis

This award will be made for the best thesis completed by an MA or PhD student in a university in Australia or New Zealand. To be eligible for this award the degree must have been awarded in 2013 or 2014, and must be research related to historical archaeology. The thesis must be nominated by the supervisor and the student must be a financial member of ASHA, or have been an ASHA member while the work was undertaken.

The entrant must supply a digital copy of the thesis and accompanying appendices.

The award will consist of a certificate and publication of the thesis in the ASHA monograph series.

Nominations will be judged on the basis of timeliness and significance of the research aims, appropriateness and effectiveness of methodology, accuracy of information, presentation, and general contribution to the field of historical archaeology.

Judy Birmingham Award for Best Historical Archaeology Heritage Report

This award will be made for the best report on a historical archaeology project carried out as a consultancy in Australia or New Zealand. To be eligible for this award the report must have been submitted in 2014. The nomination can be prepared by either the client or the consultant, but must have the support of the client. At least one member of the consultancy team (who may be the nominator) must be a financial member of ASHA. The nominee is the team or individual who carried out the work, while the nominator is the individual preparing the submission and acting as contact person. The same individual may be nominator and nominee.

The entrant must supply a digital copy of the report, accompanying appendices and the project brief.

The award will consist of a certificate and publicity on the ASHA web site and in the ASHA newsletter.

Nominations will be judged on the basis of the significance of the research design and methodology, innovation, presentation, and the degree to which the client’s requirements were met. Martin Davies Award for Best Public Archaeology Initiative

This award will be made for the best project presenting historical archaeology to the general public in Australia or New Zealand. To be eligible for this award the project must have been completed in 2014. If it is an on-going project it must have either commenced or taken place during 2014. Public archaeology initiatives may include (but are not limited to) tours of excavations, post-excavation interpretation on-site, lecture series, television or radio programs, web sites, museum displays, education programs, and plain language publications intended for a non-academic audience. The nomination can be prepared by either the client (if done as a consultancy) or the individual or agency responsible, but must have the support of the client where appropriate. At least one member of the project team (who may be the nominator) must be a financial member of ASHA. The nominee is the team or individual who carried out the work, while the nominator is the individual preparing the submission and acting as contact person. The same individual may be nominator and nominee.

The entrant must supply a digital copy of the work itself (in the case of plain-language publications) or an outline of the project, event or work, along with relevant supporting material. This may include a survey of visitor's responses, photographs or video of the event or installation, or links to a web site.

The award will consist of a certificate and publicity on the ASHA web site and in the ASHA newsletter.

Nominations will be judged on the basis of interest to the audience, clarity of presentation, innovation, and public response.

Graham Connah Award for Best Publication

This award will be made for the best book or e-book on historical archaeology in Australia or New Zealand. Nominations may be for authored monographs or edited collections on a single theme. The publication must have been published in the five calendar years preceding the presentation of the award (2010-14). Works published by ASHA are not eligible. The publication can be nominated by any member of ASHA including the author(s), but at least one of the authors (or editors if a collection) must be a financial ASHA member.

The entrant must supply an digital copy of the book, access to a digital copy of the book, or three hard copies.

The award will consist of a certificate and publicity on the ASHA web site and in the ASHA newsletter.

Nominations will be judged on the basis of timeliness and significance of the research, accuracy of information, clarity of expression, presentation, and general contribution to the field of historical archaeology.