Well I am going into the field on Sunday so this blog will be taking a break soon. Before that happens I might as well strut and prance around a bit and let my eleventeen readers know that (apparently) this blog was awarded the Canadian Archaeological Association‘s annual award for Public Communication (Professional/Institutional Division):
Since 1985, the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) has presented annual awards to acknowledge outstanding contributions in communication that further insight and appreciation of Canadian Archaeology. These awards recognise contributions by journalists, film producers, professional archaeologists and institutions and are adjudicated by a committee composed of a regional representation of CAA members.
I say “apparently” because I haven’t heard from them yet (unless they naively left a voice-mail: I check that once a year, whether anyone has left a message or not) but several people have told me it was announced at the recent annual conference in Calgary. So I’ll risk a Dewey beats Truman moment – it might be the only one I get!
The origin of this website was a panel discussion here in Victoria organized by the Archaeological Society of B.C. One of the main topics of concern expressed there was a lack of public knowledge and public appreciation of the archaeological record of B.C. and I set this blog up to contribute a small piece to solving that problem. It’s a relatively easy thing for me to do, as I have both a privileged, secure job and a rare collection of single malts, both of which make expression of opinion much easier. Much more is needed of course.
Obviously it is an honour to get a national award like this, even if a lot of the content stems from 2010, not 2009 as per the rules). I think the key part of the blog as it has developed is the readers, especially those who jump in to make comments. People love comments and click on them like mad. Comments attract more readers. More readers means more public education. So keep the comments coming – it adds interest and multiple points of view and in a real sense makes this a group enterprise. It’s really a kind of team award I figure – a thanks for reading, you could say, as much as a thanks for writing. And so, thanks to the CAA and the selection committee! I think I get a plaque or something – no cash, so it will continue to be impossible to get me to buy a round unless I haul my mattress to the pub.
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