Kampsville, IL – January 6, 2017 – Felicia A. Holton Book Award presented by the Center for American Archeology’s board president Dr. Jane Buikstra in Toronto
On January 6th, 2017, at the Archaeological Institute of American meetings in Toronto, Dr. Jane Buikstra presented the Felicia A. Holton Book Award to Dr. Miranda Aldhouse-Green. This prestigious award, given annually to a work of non-fiction written for the general public which stimulates interest in the field of archaeology, honors the work of Felicia A. Holton and her book Koster: Americans in Search of their Prehistoric Past (1979). The Koster site was excavated by the professional staff, student excavators, and volunteers from across the globe at the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville, Illinois from 1970 to 1980. The excavations of the Koster project focused national attention on public outreach and education in archaeology. In fact, at one point in time, more than 10,000 people per year came to the remote, not easily accessed community of Kampsville to visit Koster and view the ongoing excavations.
For more than 60 years, CAA has been a national leading provider for public engagement with the field of archaeology. As part of efforts to reach the public, CAA co-sponsors the annual Felicia A. Holton Book Award with the Archaeological Institute of America. Previous award winners have included Dr. Patrick Kirch, Dr. Allan Meyers, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Brian Fagan, the prolific author of popular archaeology books.
The 2017 Felicia A. Holton Book Award was presented to Miranda Aldhouse-Green for her book Bog Bodies Uncovered – Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery, which was published in 2015. Dr. Aldhouse-Green is professor emeritus at Cardiff University in Wales. She has written extensively on the Celts.
The citation for the award read, “In her book, Ms. Aldhouse-Green presents an engrossing examination of the prehistoric individuals preserved in the bogs of Northern Europe and unearthed in the past two hundred years. She discusses and integrates a large body of archaeological practice and inquiry, making extensive use of classical literary sources, to shed light on the mystery of the bodies and to speculate on the possible reasons for their fate.”
Reviews of Bog Bodies Uncovered have been published in Kirkus Reviews (an industry leader in reviews for librarians and booksellers) and Discover. “A real-life forensic thriller revealing the secrets of ancient and modern bodies preserved in bogs―some for nearly 3,000 years. . . . An intriguing window into the past.” (Kirkus Reviews). “Like an Iron Age CSI detective, archaeologist Aldhouse-Green investigates the grisly deaths of men, women and children discovered millennia later in the peat bogs of Northern Europe.” (Discover)
The Center for American Archeology congratulates Dr. Aldhouse-Green on a job well done!