Linda S. Cordell Prize Nominations

Nominations are sought for the Linda S. Cordell Prize to be awarded in spring 2019. The deadline for receipt is January 15, 2018. A nomination can be made by attaching a letter of nomination to the Cordell Prize nomination form (PDF, 63 KB).

Nominations should address how the book fulfills the selection criteria listed below and may be made by individuals or academic departments. Authors and publishers may not nominate their own book.

Nominations should be e-mailed to cordellprize[at]


  • Innovative and rigorous thinking in terms of theory, research methods, and/or application of findings;
  • integrative use of archaeology in anthropology and closely related fields;
  • exemplary writing and clarity of expression; and
  • a high standard for the practice and writing of archaeology, anthropological archaeology, and closely related fields.


To be eligible for the Linda S. Cordell Prize a book must currently be in print. It must have been in publication for at least two years, so that reviews are available, but no longer than six years. Coauthored books are eligible for the prize, but edited volumes are not.

Selection Process

After reviewing the nominations to ensure they are eligible for the award, the School will convene a panel of scholars representing archaeology and other sub-disciplines of anthropology. The composition of the panel will change with each review cycle. Books ranked in the top five are automatically eligible for consideration in the next review cycle.

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