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Linda S. Cordell Prize, School for Advanced Research, USA


January 15, 2016


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Linda S. Cordell Prize, School for Advanced Research

SAR presents the Linda S. Cordell Prize every other year to a living author for a book in archaeology or anthropological archaeology that best exemplifies excellence in writing and significantly advances archaeological method, theory, or interpretation. The award recognizes innovative works that reach out to other subfields of anthropology or related disciplines. Such a book requires a sound methodological core and a style of writing that is inclusive and transparent across social science disciplines. The research approach may be grounded in archaeology or another field where archaeological data, method, and theory are brought to bear on a broader anthropological problem. The breadth of Linda Cordell’s work serves as a guide to the selection process.

Dr. Linda S. Cordell came to the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in 2006 as a distinguished senior scholar. At this stage in her professional life, she was already renowned as both a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the author of profoundly important books on archaeology and anthropological archaeology in the Southwest. Among her large circle of colleagues and students, she was loved and revered as a warm, giving, sharing, and mentoring figure in the landscape of American archaeology. She was admired for who she was and celebrated for what she did. Hence, the SAR Board of Directors has established this biennial prize in her honor.

The Linda S. Cordell Prize, which carries a cash award of $5,000, is presented at the Society for American Archaeology meeting.

For further information, call the Linda S. Cordell Prize coordinator at (505) 954-7237 or e-mail cordellprize[at]

Linda S. Cordell Prize Nominations

Nominations are sought for the Linda S. Cordell Prize to be awarded in spring 2017. The deadline for receipt is January 15, 2016. A nomination can be made by attaching a letter of nomination to the Cordell Prize nomination form (PDF, 63 KB).

Nominations should address how the book fulfills the selection criteria listed below and may be made by individuals or academic departments. Authors and publishers may not nominate their own book.

Nominations should be e-mailed to cordellprize[at]


  • Innovative and rigorous thinking in terms of theory, research methods, and/or application of findings;
  • integrative use of archaeology in anthropology and closely related fields;
  • exemplary writing and clarity of expression; and
  • a high standard for the practice and writing of archaeology, anthropological archaeology, and closely related fields.


To be eligible for the Linda S. Cordell Prize a book must currently be in print. It must have been in publication for at least two years, so that reviews are available, but no longer than six years. Coauthored books are eligible for the prize, but edited volumes are not.

Selection Process

After reviewing the nominations to ensure they are eligible for the award, the School will convene a panel of scholars representing archaeology and other sub-disciplines of anthropology. The composition of the panel will change with each review cycle. Books ranked in the top five are automatically eligible for consideration in the next review cycle.

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
December 22, 2015

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