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Jon Marcoux wins C.B. Moore Award for excellence in southeastern US archaeology

Jon Marcoux, assistant professor in the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference’s Clarence B. Moore Award. Presented annually to a young scholar for excellence in southeastern archaeology, the C.B. Moore Award recognizes contributions through fieldwork, publication and service to the archaeological community.

“The winners of the C.B. Moore award really are the very best of the best in southeastern archaeology and they are widely known as the future leaders in our field,” said Tristram Kidder, president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

“Dr. Marcoux was recognized for his superb scholarship, especially his work exploring Cherokee responses to European contact,” Kidder said. “In addition, the voters acknowledged his many contributions to historic preservation studies and his strong commitment to his ongoing research in Charlestown involving archaeology, historic preservation and working with Indian and African American descendent communities.”

Nominated by Gregory Wilson, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Marcoux becomes the 20th recipient of the award. He will be honored among his peers at the SEAC Business meeting and presented a replica of the Moundville Cat Pipe (an iconic artifact symbolizing rank and distinction).

“Jon’s numerous published contributions to Southeastern archaeology include addressing chronological issues surrounding glass beads and aboriginal ceramics, investigating Mississippian mortuary practices at Koger’s Island, and evaluating the distribution of prestige goods at Moundville,” Wilson said. “Moreover, his recent book, ‘Pox, Empire, Shackles, and Hides: The Townsend Site, 1670-1715,’ and research monograph ‘The Cherokees of Tuckaleechee Cove’ have made significant contributions to our understanding of Native American responses to the tumultuous changes of the Contact period through his investigation of Cherokee households and communities.

Marcoux has a B.A. in anthropology and economics from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Specializing in cultural and historic preservation and the study of late prehistoric and early historic Native American Indian societies (ca. A.D. 1000-1800), Marcoux has more than 15 years of professional preservation experience, having directed archaeological survey and excavation projects across the southeastern U.S. and New England.