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JAMES A. bennyhoff AWARD

The James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Award is intended to support original research on the prehistory of California and the Great Basin.

Proposed projects must include research consistent with the scholarly interests of Dr. Bennyhoff in California and Great Basin prehistory. They should emphasize analysis of artifacts in existing museum collections, archived in regional repositories, or reported in gray literature on topics pertaining to: (1) the development, significant refinement, and/or modification of time–sensitive typologies or seriation studies useful in identifying prehistoric spatial or temporal units; or (2) integrating primary data to revise existing culture historical taxonomic frameworks.

Research proposals may involve more than one subdiscipline of anthropology and may have objectives beyond cultural history. However, a significant portion of the study must involve direct work with artifacts or other primary source data (e.g., mission registers and historic documents), and must show promise to enhance the understanding of California or Great Basin prehistory. Research projects must be designed to culminate in a formal research project, such as a thesis, dissertation, or refereed publication.


Complete proposals must include all of the following. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

· Research proposal relevant to the studies of Dr. Bennyhoff

· Detailed budget and justification.

· Statement defining where the research will be presented and/or published.

· Schedule for conducting and finalizing research, sending progress emails to the committee Chair, and presentation/publication (identify possible journals), not to exceed one year.

· Curriculum vitae.

· Letter of continued support from a faculty advisor (students only)

· Agreement with curation facility If proposed research entails analysis of existing collections.

1.    Cover Sheet

Title of proposed research, author(s) and affiliation(s), contact information, date

2.    Project Summary Abstract

No more than 150 words, containing a concise research statement, its relationship to the work of Dr. Bennyhoff, the intellectual merit of the proposed research, a statement of objectives, and methods to be employed.

3.    Research Proposal

The main body of the proposal should be no more than three pages, including: (1) research statement and design; (2) methods to be employed; (3) how the research is consistent with the scholarly interest of Dr. Bennyhoff; and (4) objectives and scientific or educational significance of the proposed research. In addition, provide a one-year schedule for completion, and detail use of the cash prize and support studies. Include consultation with Native Americans as appropriate.

Please include a curriculum vitae. Students should have their faculty advisor submit a letter of support indicating their continued oversight and involvement.

4.    Format

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the style guide for American Antiquity which is available at:


Research Proposal: All materials must be received no later than August 31.

Student Proposal: All materials must be received no later than December 15.


Electronic only. Complete proposals in a PDF format should be emailed to:

Janine Origer,

James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Fund Award Committee Chair

The proposals will be fully evaluated by the committee and the winning author(s) will be contacted within a month of submittalThe James A. Bennyhoff Memorial Fund Award recipient(s) will be announced during the following Society of California Archaeology Annual Meeting banquet awards ceremony.


By accepting the Award the recipients commit to presenting research results as a paper or poster at the next Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting. Additionally, the recipient is encouraged to submit research results to an archaeological journal or other formal publication with acknowledgment of financial assistance from the Award.

Adhere to the proposed schedule for e-mail milestone status reports to the Bennyhoff Committee Chair

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