ACA Graduate Student Award
The Association of Consulting Archaeologists is pleased to announce the ACA Graduate Student Award, starting in 2018. The ACA Graduate Student Award is a $500 award that can be applied towards tangible costs related to Thesis or Dissertation research. The goal of the award is to provide funding for graduate students in Alberta, and worthy candidates from elsewhere, to conduct research using data developed by Alberta consulting archaeologists. This award is targeted towards students, at the Masters or Doctoral level, enrolled in graduate studies in an archaeology, anthropology, or related department at an accredited Alberta post-secondary institution. Consideration will also be granted to graduate students in similarly accredited programs elsewhere who have worked on archaeological consulting projects within Alberta and who have a letter of reference from a qualified permit holder in Alberta.
2018 ACA Graduate Student Award Recipient
The 2018 recipient of the ACA Graduate Student Award, Margaret Patton (University of Calgary) used the funding to contribution to completion of her research program "Geophysical Surveys, Spatial Analysis, and Campsite Organization at Late Prehistoric Sites on the Northwestern Plains".
Her research included magnetometry and ground penetrating radar studies at the Junction Site (DkPi-2), working in coordination with excavations carried out by Lifeways of Canada to assess the results of her geophysical survey program.
Future work includes completing lab analysis of the matrix samples and then spatial analysis to contribute to an understanding of site layout and activity areas.