Margaret and James F. Pendergast Award

Margaret and James F. Pendergast

This award was established through the generous support of the Pendergast family in 2000 to honour the memory of a dedicated Canadian avocational archaeologist, the late James F. Pendergast (1921–2000).

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The Margaret and James F. Pendergast award is awarded by the CAA to recognize exemplary contributions to Canadian archaeology by an avocational archaeologist.  The award is made possible by an endowment from the Pendergast family.  Membership in the CAA is not required.  Eligible candidates should embody all the principles of the CAA and be a positive role model for archaeology among the Canadian public.  Candidates must have conducted archaeological research as evidenced by publications and/or papers delivered at national, provincial/territorial archaeological conferences.  To nominate a candidate, please send a letter of introduction that highlights the achievements of the nominee.  Two letters of support from active CAA members are also required.  Any supporting materials such as newspaper or journal articles deemed relevant may be included in the nomination dossier.  The award will be announced at the CAA Annual General Meeting.  The commemorative award will be presented at a mutually convenient location for the recipient and the CAA executive.  The award will also include one year's membership to the CAA.

Deadline for Nominations: March 15 of each year

Nominations should be sent to the CAA President:


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