People's Choice Voting Ends Thursday, January 10 at 6 pm

Welcome to the 2019 Photo Contest and People’s Choice Award competition!

We invite all SHA members to participate, not just conference attendees! Browse each of the images and select one from each category as your favorite.

We have more than 40 amazing photo entries and 1 great video!  Scroll down to navigate to them all!

The People’s Choice Award and all of the contest winners will be announced at the conference during the SHA Business Meeting on Friday afternoon. Be sure to attend.

Voting runs through Thursday, 4 pm January 10.

Spread the word and vote!

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Category A: Color Archaeological Site

Exposing an Early 18th Century Drain in Mount Vernon’s Cellar

Cherry Picker View, Robert Carter House, Williamsburg, Virginia

19th Century Furnace Uncovered in the Cellar of Mount Vernon

Site Assessments of the Steamship Madison in Troy Spring, Florida

Overview in the Woods at Monticello

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Category B: Color Archaeological Field Work

Hustle and Bustle

So It Begins …

Field school students, staff, and volunteers collaborate on excavation of a potential fireplace at Fort St. Joseph. Fireplaces at Fort St. Joseph have been uncovered, however, this feature is undetermined due to its orientation. Two of the units were new this season, while the third unit was reopened from a previous field season. It was a great learning tool for the students as it gave them a chance to try and decipher the feature’s original function.

The Proof is in the Plumbing: Uncovering Brick Drains under Mount Vernon

Public Archaeology at Mount Vernon’s African American Cemetery

Archaeology in the South Grove at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Screens, Robert Carter House, Williamsburg, Virginia

Shovel testing McGavock Big House site (3MS667) at Bungie grain conveyor on Mississippi River

Survey crew at the wreck Argonauta during balloon test at Eagles Island, Wilmington, North Carolina

“I Love my job, it is my chosen profession.” Data Recovery on the Adriatic, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Recording the Brick Wreck off Vaca Key, Florida

STPs in Front of Monticello

Excavations of Alexander Spotswood’s 1720 Enchanted Castle


Archaeology Outreach, Fort Frederica, GA

Lunch Break, Sapelo Island

Lindsay Cochran with Hand Screen

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Category C: Color Archaeological Lab Work

Elevations Underground: Archaeology Beneath Mount Vernon

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Category D: Color Artifact

In Situ, Pensacola, Florida

Fine Finish

Wig Curlers from Mount Vernon’s South Grove

Waiting for Discovery: A Wine Bottle in Mount Vernon’s South Grove

Spiral of  Time: Chronological Assemblage of Prehistoric Points

“I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!” Ice cream churn paddle and lid, 20LC34, Deer Park, Michigan

“The Pause that Refreshes”: Alternative Construction Materials from the Briggs Site, Columbus, Ohio

“Pipe Dreams”: Henderson Clay Pipe Fragments from Detroit, Michigan

” Tea Time”: Black-glazed White Earthenware Tea Pot, 20SL172, Worth Township, Michigan

Lt. Col. Claude dog tag recovered at Tarawa

Jaw Harp from Site 6 at Monticello

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Category E: Black & White Artifact

A Tale of Two Axes: Prehistoric Axes Recovered at Mount Vernon

Bee Stopper

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Category F: Color Archaeological Portrait

UWF, No Limits, Pensacola, Florida

Backfill by the Potomac: Alice Keith at Work in Mount Vernon’s South Grove

A Cowboy of Science: Alex Kerr in Mount Vernon’s Cellar


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Category G: Diversity

No Contestants to display.


Category H: Artist Perspective

Late 18th-/early 19th-century worked bottle base from Blake’s Estate, Montserrat, Survey and Landscape Archaeology Project

Late 18th-century special finds from Potato Hill, Montserrat, Survey and Landscape Archaeology Project

Remains of 1880s Furnace in the Cellar of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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Category I: Video

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Nine days after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, Heritage Monitoring Scouts met with archaeologists to assess storm damage and erosion on Deadman’s Island. Located along Pensacola Bay, Deadman’s Island once served as a careening ground, shipbuilding center, quarantine station, and cemetery. Although the Pensacola area was not directly hit by the hurricane, erosion is a constant threat to the numerous archaeological sites on this unique landform. The Scout Meet-up, conducted on Deadman’s Island over a week after the hurricane, helped to document changes from the storm surge and to further train volunteers to assess other sites to the east of Pensacola that were more heavily affected.

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