At the 2014 SAA Annual Meeting, our President, Mark Michel, was honored with the Society for American Archaeology’s Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management. Below is a statement from SAA:
Mark Michel’s life’s work and accomplishments exemplify the contributions and special achievements that the SAA strives to recognize with the Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management. There are few individuals whose lives and careers have had such a broad and profound impact on archaeology at the national scale. Mark Michel’s efforts over the last 35 years in advocating for, and effecting, cultural heritage stewardship, conservation archaeology, policy and legislative implementation, and public outreach are unsurpassed and have forever changed the face of US archaeology. Under Michel’s pioneering leadership, The Archaeological Conservancy remains the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to the permanent protection and management-through site acquisition from private landowners-of America’s endangered archaeological sites. In creating a national system of archaeological preserves for future generations to study and enjoy, Michel has helped to ensure the survival of our irreplaceable cultural heritage-a lasting legacy for all.
Look for more about this story in the 2014 Summer issue of American Archaeology Magazine.