Arizona Archaeological Society



Professional and Avocational Awards 

2017 AAS Professional Archaeologist Award

The 2017 Professional Archaeologist Award was presented to Alan Ferg at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Alan has a B.A. in Anthropology, U A, 1976; an M.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Biology, UA, 1980. He was the Arizona State Museum Archivist from 1993 to 2015. Alan served as an advisor to the AAS from 1994 to 2017 and as editor of The Arizona Archaeologist from 1995 to 2014. Under his leadership twelve Arizona Archaeologists were published. He was co-author of two, #22: Historical Archaeology at Joseph City, Arizona, published in 1988, and #26 Red Cave: A Prehistoric Cave Shrine in Southeastern Arizona, published in 1993; and the author of #35, An Introduction to Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache Pottery, published in 2004.

Alan turned over his duties to Bill Burkett, the new Arizona Archaeologist Series editor. Alan and his wife Tobi continue to scan copies of older Arizona Archaeologist publications for downloading on the AAS website and sale on Amazon.

Alan also has actively and tirelessly promoted the Fielder Fund since 1994.

--Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2017 AAS State Chair

AAS Professional Archaeology History  <<<Please click here for Professional Award History.

Note: Belt buckle below is part of the recognition for the AAS Professional Archaeologist of the Year in addition to a plaque.


2017 AAS Avocational Archaeologist Award

Betty Higgins, a Yavapai Chapter member, is the recipient of the 2017 Avocational Archaeologist Award, which was presented to her at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. 

Betty enrolled in AAS certification classes at Yavapai College shortly after moving to Arizona and becoming a member of the Yavapai Chapter of the AAS. She developed a deep interest in ceramic artifacts and took classes in lithics and ceramics and is considered an expert on ceramic identification. She co-authored, revised and updated descriptions of Prescott Gray Ware, including the new type Prescott Polychrome.

Betty was active in investigations at most of the archaeological sites researched by the Yavapai Chapter and was in charge of the ceramics analysis and provided extensive data for the site reports. The excavation and her report for the Sundown Site (1985), which preceded the 1990’s Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, were of great interest to professionals, and Professor Merbs of ASU told Betty that her report on this fully excavated site might well be the very last one written on a burial site due to Federal Law. Betty considers this one of her most proud moments and most significant achievements.

Betty has taught numerous classes on ceramic identification and remains active in teaching; she also authored and presented a paper on Neural Site Ceramics at a conference at Sharlot Hall Museum for an audience of professional and avocational archaeologists.

Betty has been a member of the Yavapai Chapter for 38 years. She has made major contributions to the archaeological record of west central Arizona and the AAS is fortunate to have her.

--Glenda A. Simmons, 2014/2017 AAS State Chair

AAS Avocational Archaeologist History  <<<Please click here for Avocational Award History.


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