Each year the Society for American Archaeology, the leading international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas, recognizes a book published in the last three years that has made, or is expected to make, a substantial contribution to the presentation of the goals, methods, and results of archaeological research to the public. In 2007, the Society for American Archaeology gave this award to Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio’s Ancient American Indian Cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press, http://www.orangefrazer.com/, and authored by Ohio Archaeological Council member and Trustee Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio Historical Society. Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio’s Ancient American Indian Cultures, is the companion book to the Ohio Archaeology Media Project, a production of Voyageur Media Group, Inc., who’s Director, Tom Law, is also an Ohio Archaeological Council member. The Ohio Archaeological Council provided financial support to the Ohio Archaeology Project. Ohio Archaeological Council members Elliot Abrams, Frank Cowan, Bill Dancey, N’omi Greber, Tom Grooms, Kevin Pape, Matt Purtill, Brian Redmond, Bob Riordan, Andrew Schneider, Mark Seeman, Sandy Yee, and Rick Yerkes contributed feature articles to Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio’s Ancient American Indian Cultures.
The Board of Directors of the Ohio Archaeological Council congratulates Brad Lepper, Tom Law, and everyone else who played a role in writing and producing this book. Not only is their effort a deserving tribute to Ohio’s rich American Indian heritage, their effort demonstrates the wealth of talent in Ohio’s archaeological community, its commitment to educating the public about the significance and relevance of Ohio’s American Indian history, and the important role archaeology plays in advancing our understanding of the past in contemporary society.
President’s 2008 Budget Proposes Increases for Historic Preservation
President Bush’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, which begins October 1, 2007, includes $63.7 million for Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) programs and increases funding levels for other existing preservation programs and initiatives. The FY 2008 budget request includes $5 million in new funding to establish a national inventory of historic properties, as recommended by historic preservation experts at the October 2006 Preserve America Summit in New Orleans. Of the $5 million requested, $4 million will provide competitive matching grants to states, tribes, local governments, and federal land managing agencies for inventory development. The remaining $1 million will be provided under the National Register Programs for the National Park Service to develop data format requirements and protocols, in coordination with State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs). It is expected that this will be the first step in a multi-year effort.