Patty Jo Watson Award

Patty Jo Watson, a renowned American archaeologist who has worked extensively on the pre-Columbian Southeastern United States, set new standards in the practice of archaeology.

In 2012, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference established the Patty Jo Watson Award for best article or book chapter on Southeastern Archaeology. This award honors Patty Jo Watson, one of America’s best regarded scientists, for her vast contributions to Southeastern archaeology.


Any articles or book chapters in edited volumes on Southeastern archaeology are eligible. The award will be given to articles and chapters with copyright dates from the preceding calendar year. Thus, all nominations for the 2023 award must have a 2022 copyright date. All articles published in Southeastern Archaeology during 2022 are automatically nominated. Reports published in the journal during 2022 can also be nominated (see below).


Nominations can be made by authors, journal editors, volume editors, and publishers and editors of edited volumes, and other sources. The nominating committee contact information for the Patty Jo Watson Award can be found on the Standing Committees page. Please send nominations to the chair by June 15, 2022.


The award will be presented at the annual meeting of SEAC during the Business Meeting when other awards are also presented.