NAA Silver Trowel for Lifetime Achievement Award
Now Accepting Nominations for the NAA Silver Trowel Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded annually at the NAA Annual Conference.
The Silver Trowel is presented to professionals that have spent a majority of their professional career working in Nevada, have made outstanding positive, lasting contributions to archaeology in Nevada, and have maintained the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the conduct of his or her career. The award was created and first presented in 2004.
Send nominations to Jeff Wedding at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAA 2017 award was presented to Dr. Kevin Rafferty. Dr. Kevin Rafferty has recently retired after a nearly 40-year career in archaeology and 30 years teaching at the College of Southern Nevada. He came west from New York in 1980 for a job with the BLM Las Vegas District as a Resource Area Archaeologist. He earned his Ph.D. from SUNYStony Brook in 1982 and in 1983 became Director of the Division of Anthropological Studies (now the Harry Reid Center) at the Museum of Natural History at UNLV. During his six years there he conducted and/or directed many survey and excavation projects in southern Nevada, southern
California, western Arizona, and southwestern Utah. In 1989, Dr. Rafferty became the first fulltime anthropologist at the Community College of Southern Nevada (now the College of Southern Nevada), recently acting as chair of the Department
of Human Behavior. Dr. Rafferty also ran his own archaeological consulting business in the 1980s early 1990s before joining Knight & Leavitt Associates in 1993. Dr. Rafferty’s contributions to Nevada archaeology are many – including well over 150 cultural resources management reports and a recent textbook for cultural anthropology – but some of his most important work has dealt with the prehistory of the Las Vegas area and of Valley of Fire State Park. He has also been active in the Nevada Rock Art
Foundation, Archaeo-Nevada, and many other volunteer groups. Dr. Rafferty represents what is best in Nevada archaeologists and we are pleased to honor him and his achievements here.
-Mark A. Giambastiani and Kevin Rafferty
2017 Dr. Kevin Rafferty
2016 Donald Hardesty
2015 Eugene M. Hattori
2014 Robert Elston
2013 Roberta McGonagle
2012 Claude Warren
2011 Tim Murphy
2010 Alice Baldrica
2009 Don & Catherine Fowler
2008 [No Award]
2007 Richard & Sheilagh Brooks
2005 | 2006 Margaret Lyneis [Awarded in 2005, Presented in 2006]
2004 Mary Rusco
Now Accepting Nominations for the Ting Perkins Award, awarded annually at the NAA Annual Conference.
The Ting-Perkins award is presented to a deserving individual for outstanding avocational contributions to archaeology in Nevada, and was created and first presented in 1982. The award is named in honor of Dr. Peter Ting (first President of AM-Arcs in 1967 and head of the Nevada Archaeological Survey) and Fay Perkins (who in 1924 along with his brother, John, first brought the Moapa Valley’s “El Pueblo Grande de Nevada” to the attention of Nevada Governor, James Scrugham, and later became curator of the Lost City Museum in Overton from 1952 until 1956).
Send nominations to Jeff Wedding at email@example.com
NAA 2017 award was presented to jointly to Allen Metscher. Allen is a third-generation Nevadan and a lifelong resident of central Nevada. After spending 30 years with the
Nevada Department of Transportation, Allen retired to devote more time to his passion; the history of central Nevada. Along with his mother and two brothers, Allen, a self-described “student of history,” founded the Central Nevada Historical Society (CNHS) in 1977 and the Central Nevada Museum (CNM) in 1981. Over the past four decades, Allen has headed the museum and historical society, served as a historical consultant for Nellis Air Force Base, where he spent innumerable hours researching and documenting the base’s history, and developed interpretive materials for the World War II Tonopah Army Air Base. His contributions to the history, archaeology, and preservation of central Nevada’s past are unparalleled. Allen is currently the President of the Central Nevada Historical Society. You can visit him at the Central Nevada Museum, 1900 Logan Field Road, Tonopah, Nevada.
-Jonah S. Blustain
NAA 2017 award was presented to jointly to George Phillips
In 2004, George Phillips became the Project Manager for the Clark County Site Stewardship program in association with the Public Lands Institute at UNLV after spending nearly 30 years in banking (with an interlude spent running a plant and garden nursery). He grew the site stewardship program from a handful of people to around 800 members devoted to preserving and protecting cultural sites throughout Clark County. He designed the program from the ground up which entailed; creating the manual, setting standards for site assessment, presenting site stewardship training classes, and creating a comprehensive site database while working closely with various agencies. The groundwork he did led to his favorite part of the job, which was taking stewards out to the sites and showing off Nevada’s fabulous public lands and precious cultural resources. In 2007 his program was awarded the U.S. Department of Interior Cooperative Conservation Award. Beginning with the Nevada Rock Art Foundation, George has also volunteered to record rock art in Nevada for the National Park Service, the BLM, and Red Rock Canyon NCA.
-Steve Daron and Eva Jensen
2017 Allen Metscher | George Phillips
2016 Keith Stever
2015 Jean Myles
2014 Bob Hafey & Loretta Watson
2013 Elizabeth Russell
2012 Anne Carter
2011 [No Award]
2010 [No Award]
2009 Donna Murphy
2008 Ann McConnell
2007 [No Award]
2006 Elaine Holmes | Darrell & Terri Wade
2005 Oyvind Frock
2004 Charles Brown
2003 Farrel & Manetta Lytle
2002 Phil Hutchinson
2001 [No Award]
2000 Helen Mortenson
1999 Don Hendricks
1998 [No Awards]
1997 [No Awards]
1996 [No Awards]
1995 Grace Burkholder
1994 Jean Stevens [Posthumously]
1993 Steve Stoney
1992 [No Award]
1991 Norma & Herb Splatt
1990 – 1983 [No Awards]
1982 Jean Myles
The 2009 Nevada Archaeology Awareness & Historic Preservation Month Poster Wins 2nd place in the 2010 Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Poster Contest!
Check out the most recent past poster contest winners on the SAA website.