Recipients of 2016 Governor's Archaeological Advisory Commission's Awards In Public Archaeology

May 25, 2016

(Phoenix, Arizona - May 25, 2016) - The Governor's Archaeological Advisory Commission has announced the recipients of the 29th Annual Awards in Public Archaeology that will be presented at the 2016 Historic Preservation Conference being held at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel, 4300 East Washington Street in Phoenix on June 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission is a statutory board that advises the State Historic Preservation Officer on issues of relevance to Arizona archaeology. The Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources.

These awards can include the following categories of individuals or organizations that are worthy of recognition for their public service/education endeavors: 1) professional archaeologists, 2) avocational archaeologists, 3) Site Stewards, 4) Tribes, 5) private, non-profit entities, 6) government agencies, 7) private or industrial development entities, and 8) an individual for special or lifetime achievement.


Walter Gosart, Northern AZ
Category: Avocational Archaeologist

Tom Woodal, Northern AZ
Category: Avocational Archaeologist

Fran Maiuri, Tucson
Category: Site Steward

Carl Evertsbusch, Tucson
Category: Site Steward

Richard & Sandy Martynec, Ajo
Category: Site Steward

Friends of the Forest, Cultural Resources Committee, Northern AZ 
(Coconino National Forest)
Category: Private / Non-Profit Entity

City of Flagstaff Open Space Program, Flagstaff
Category: Government Agency

David Abbott, Tempe 
Category: Lifetime Achievement

In addition, the 2016 Governor's Heritage Honor Awards will also be presented at the Awards Luncheon. For more information visit the conference website at or contact the Arizona Historic Preservation Office at (602) 542-4009 or visit

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