Thomas E. Emerson, State Archaeologist and Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey presented with the 2014 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award

Thomas E. Emerson, State Archaeologist and Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey was presented the 2014 Charles R. McGimsey III – Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) at the Society of American Archaeology meetings in Austin, Texas. This award is the RPA’s highest honor and is given in recognition of the service of a Registered Professional Archaeologist in achieving the mission of the RPA as evidenced by a single action or through a lifetime of elevated service. In the presentation the RPA Awards Committee notes that “the 2014 recipient certainly qualifies for the award in terms of both criteria.” RPA recognized Emerson's role in establishing state preservation legislation, providing oversight for one of the largest CRM projects conducted in the US, the founding and managing of multiple publication series, his expansion of public archaeology at the University of Illinois, and his research and publication of significant works on a number of topics important to understanding North American prehistory.

Patrick Garrow and Thomas E. Emerson 

Patrick Garrow, President, Register of Professional Archaeologists,
presents Dr. Thomas E. Emerson with the 2014 Charles R. McGimsey III—Hester A. Davis Distinguished Service Award.