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Former Chairman Wins Archaeology Award

Recipients of the ACHP Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation

John L. Nau, III, former chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), was recognized Jan. 5 by the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) with an Award of Merit for his outstanding commitment to ensuring that the preservation of Texas’ and the nation’s archaeological heritage are fully considered in the development of preservation policy. The award, which was presented by SHA President William Lees, recognized Nau’s efforts as chairman at both the Texas Historical Commission (1997-2009) and the ACHP (2001-2010).  For both organizations, Nau significantly raised the visibility of archaeology in the preservation process through his tireless efforts to include archaeology as a full partner in the preservation process. Nau was cited especially for his role in the raising of the ship, La Belle, from Texas’ waters, and for his role in having an archaeologist appointed to the ACHP for the first time in the agency’s history.

Established in 1988, the SHA’s Award of Merit recognizes specific achievements of individuals and organizations that have furthered the cause of historical archaeology.

Formed in 1967, the SHA is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology. The society is specifically concerned with the identification, excavation, interpretation, and conservation of sites and materials on land and underwater. Geographically the society emphasizes the New World, but also includes European exploration and settlement in Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Posted January 8, 2011

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