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As part of its mission to promote excellent scholarship and effective communication in the social sciences and humanities, SAR offers two competitive awards.

J. I. Staley Prize

Often called the “Pulitzer Prize of anthropology,” the J. I. Staley Prize is an annual $7,500 award given to a book that represents the best writing and scholarship in anthropology.

Linda S. Cordell Prize

SAR presents the Linda S. Cordell Prize to a living author for a book in archaeology or anthropological archaeology that best exemplifies excellence in writing and significantly advances archaeological method, theory, or interpretation.