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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WET ORGANIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS WORKING GROUP’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2016-2020


The Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM) Working Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2016, with the blessing of the ICOM-CC Directory Board, as a way of recognizing members who had given:

  1. Distinguished service to the field of wet organic archaeological materials over the course of the nominee’s professional career
  2. Exceptional contributions with significant impact to the functioning or advancement of the study, treatment and preservation of wet organic materials
  3. Dedicated and sustained service to wet organic archaeological materials. This may include: service as a coordinator, assistant coordinator or as chair of one of the local arrangements committees; sustained service as a peer-reviewer for the conference proceedings; service as an editor for one or more conference proceedings.

 

Recipients can be proposed by any member of the group and the nomination must be supported by two additional letters of support. The awards are given at the triennial WOAM Interim meeting. Typically, the award is accompanied by a speech detailing the individual’s contribution and this speech is then published in the Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Working Group newsletter. Three awards can be given each triennium; however, in 2019 we had four exceptional nominations and so, unusually, four awards were given.

The names and a brief summary of the past recipients can be downloaded here.
 

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