• Friend of Archaeology Award
  • John Harvey Award

Friend of Archaeology Award

The Nova Scotia Archaeology Society (NSAS) was formed in 1987. It is our mandate to bring together individuals interested in the study and promotion of archaeology, particularly as it relates to all cultures of Nova Scotia; to disseminate knowledge and encourage the exchange of information among professionals and amateurs alike; and to promote the preservation and protection of archaeological sites and resources throughout the Province. Each year, the NSAS recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to archaeology in Nova Scotia by naming a recipient of the Friend of Archaeology Award. The Friend of Archaeology Award acknowledges individuals who encourage the preservation of archaeological sites and the promotion of public awareness of archaeology in the province of Nova Scotia.

  • The award is to be presented at the NSAS Annual General Meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of May.
  • The award is open to any non-professional archaeologist – non-professional being defined as an individual who does not earn a living as an archaeologist.
  • The award shall consist of a plaque and be accompanied by a press release.
  • Nominations for the award are to be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors no later than February 28.
  • Nominations may be made by any NSAS member in good standing. This includes any member of the NSAS Board of Directors. If a board member nominates an individual they must remove themselves from the selection process.
  • Nominations must be signed and include the following information:
    • why the person is deserving of this award,
    • what contribution they have made to archaeology in Nova Scotia,
    • when this contribution was made, and
    • the names of contact people to verify this information.
  • The Board of Directors will appoint a sub-committee, consisting of one member of the Executive and two Members-at-large, to study the nominations and select two nominees.
  • The winner will be decided by a vote of the Board of Directors with the President only voting in the case of a tie.

Nominations can be made by emailing a board member or by mailing the society:
Nova Scotia Archaeology Society
P.O. Box 36090
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3S9

Past Recipients of the Friend of Archaeology Award

2010 — Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association (CHPTA) is the recipient of the 2010 Friend of Archaeology award (presentation date and venue TBA). The summer of 2009 marked the fourth consecutive season that archaeologists conducted work at the Poor’s Farm site, located in the Cole Harbour Heritage Park in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Research into the area came at the request of the CHPTA, who are the caretakers of the grounds. The CHPTA maintains a passionate interest in the cultural resources of the area and it was their initiative that launched the active presence of archaeologists at Poor’s Farm. It is their objective to obtain as much information about the former institution, by way of archaeological investigation, so that they may be able to tie it into the heritage interpretation of the park. The CHPTA’s ambitions led to the creation of a public archaeology program in 2008 that enabled professional archaeologists and members of the general public the opportunity to work side by side, digging towards a target of locating foundation walls of the demolished structures. Due to the success of the program and the drive of the CHPTA, the public will once again have the opportunity to visit Poor’s Farm for future community digs. Their enthusiasm, immense interest and accommodating nature has made research into the Poor’s Farm an enjoyable experience to all those who have had the pleasure to dig there. Without their immeasurable passion these explorations would not be possible, leaving valuable information buried in the soil. Nor would local community members have the opportunity to experience working first-hand with archaeologists to uncover the past at such a fascinating site. For all their ingenuity, accomplishments and compassion, the NSAS is pleased to present the Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association with the 2010 Friend of Archaeology award. (Adapted from nomination submission by Sarah Penney).

2009 — Joanne and David Shaw were presented with the 2009 Friend of Archaeology award by President Darryl Kelman at their residence of Oakridge Farm in Poplar Grove, NS, on August 18. This was in recognition of their stewardship of Acadian archaeological sites found on their property and the generous access they have provided to archaeology workers as well as Acadian visitors to the area.

John Harvey Award

This award is presented annually by the NSAS for an outstanding undergraduate paper in Nova Scotia archaeology, or a paper by a Nova Scotian undergraduate student archaeologist.

Past Recipients of the John Harvey Award

2010 — Jonathan Cranton Phillips is the recipient of the 2010 John Harvey Award for his paper entitled An Analysis of Adult Female Tombstones from St. Paul’s Cemetery. The award was presented by the NSAS Secretary, Ms. Robyn Crook, at the March 23 meeting of the Society. The presentation included a certificate and the gift of a field notebook.