Awards

The Ontario Archaeological Society Acknowledges Members and others who have played an important role in the life of the society, and in the good care and management of Ontario's Archaeological Heritage. Awards include:

Know someone or organization that deserves to be recognized by the OAS? Download, fill in, and submit the application form:

OAS Awards Application Form 

J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal
Awarded on occasion to an outstanding Ontario non-professional archaeologist whose life’s work has been consistently of the highest standard, who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of Ontario archaeology and who has earned acclaim for excellence and achievement. It is the highest honour the Society can bestow. (follow this link to learn about J. Norman Emerson)

Past Winners:

  • 1979 Frank Ridley
  • 1985 Howard Savage
  • 1987 Clyde Kennedy
  • 1990 Bill Donaldson
  • 1990 Charles Garrad
  • 1991 Gord Watson
  • 1994 James Pendergast
  • 1996 Brian Deller
  • 1996 David J.A. Croft
  • 1998 Dean Jacobs
  • 1999 Bill Renison
  • 2010 William A. Fox
  • 2012 Paul F. Karrow
  • 2012 Stanley Wortner
  • 2013 Rudy Fecteau
  • 2014 James Keron
  • 2015 Conrad Heidenreich
  • 2016 Susan Pfeiffer

J.V. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award
An award granted on occasion to an outstanding Ontario professional archaeologist whose life’s work has been consistently of the highest standard, who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of archaeology in this region. It is awarded to a professional who has published widely, is recognized for advancing the practice of archaeology, has earned acclaim for excellence, and has inspired others. Along with the J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal, it is one of the highest honours the Society can bestow.

Past Winners:

  • Jean-Luc Pilon
Ian Kenyon Memorial Award 
Awarded to professional archaeologists who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of Ontario archaeology and who has earned acclaim for excellence and achievement. Next to the Lifetime Achievement Award, it is the highest recognition that the Society can bestow for professional archaeologists

Past Winners:

Tim Kenyon Memorial Award 
Awarded to non-professional archaeologists who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of Ontario archaeology and who has earned acclaim for excellence and achievement. Next to the J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal, it is the highest recognition that the Society can bestow for non-professional archaeologists.

Past Winners:

  • 2013 William "Bill" Allen

Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award
Individuals, groups and organizations are all eligible for the Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award. This award recognizes excellence in the promotion of public interest in the study of archaeology through the use of displays, workshops, training, site tours and/or the development of educational programs and materials. Past winners have also been recognized for fostering awareness of cultural resources and heritage preservation, and efforts to advance the ethical practice of archaeology. (follow this link to learn more)

Past Winners

  • 2015 Dirk Verhulst

Killarney Award for Outstanding Service
This awards is given in recognition of the continuing long-term support and active participation of OAS members. Quite often volunteers are the public face of the OAS, doing yeoman’s service in support of our commonly held goals and principles. The contributions of these members are seen especially in the regular chapter meetings, events and activities, the publication of the society’s newsletter and journal, and organization of the annual symposium. These individuals bring a wide range of skills and interests to the organization, and it is because of them that we continue to have a strong and vibrant society. As part of the Society’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, the OAS launched this award for outstanding achievement.

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Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management 
Offered to either an individual or a group in order to recognize contributions and accomplishments in the field of cultural resource management. Achievements may include the management and preservation of sites, sustained research and frequent publishing or advocacy efforts. Candidates may include private firms or national, provincial or municipal agencies

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Award for Excellence in Publishing
Offered to an individual, group or firm in order to recognize contributions and accomplishments in publishing works dealing with the field of North Eastern Archaeology. Published works should be considered a substantial contribution to archaeology and can include peer reviewed articles or books. Subject matter may concern theory, methodology, history or specific sites and may be reviewed as a cumulative body of work by one author or a single exemplary publication.

Past Winners:

  • 2016 Peterborough Chapter of the OAS for Peterborough Archaeology (2015)


OAS Student Paper-Poster Award
Awarded to any students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at a post-secondary institution presenting a paper or poster at the OAS Symposium. It may also be awarded to an individual who has graduated from such a program within the last six months and is presenting work related to those studies. Those papers and posters being considered for the award must have a student as the sole or primary (first) author.

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Heritage Conservation Award
Given in recognition of a significant voluntary contribution to heritage preservation within the Province of Ontario, above the requirements of Canadian law, within a year prior to the announcement of the award. It may be awarded to an individual or to an organization.

Past Winners:

  • 2013 Rooney Bros. Gradall Services Ltd.


25 Year Members

The Ridley Award 

In addition to the awards above, the Valerie Sonstenes Student Research Fund is intended to support student research that relates to and advances knowledge of Ontario’s archaeological record. This fund provides students with small grants to assist them in undertaking new research for Honour’s, Master’s, PhD or postdoctoral level projects. For more information about this fund, please contact the Director of Member Services.

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