- The name of the prize shall be the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice.
- The total value of each prize shall be $50, to a maximum of $300.
- Each prize shall be in the form of a book voucher.
- The recipients of the prize shall be a team of two or more members of the Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) or affiliated with the Flinders University Archaeology Department.
- Each team member shall receive a prize.
- The recipients of the prize shall be determined by a panel of four (4) members of the Flinders Archaeological Society committee and two (2) independent persons drawn from the Flinders University Department of Archaeology, who will assess each nomination. Nominees cannot serve on the award panel.
- Nominations must be submitted in writing to the current President of the Flinders Archaeological Society, along with suitable justification of outstanding collaboration. Each nomination must contain evidence of the nominees’ outstanding collaboration in archaeological research and practice.
- Publications submitted as evidence can be of the same subject or topic.
- All publications submitted as evidence must have been published, or accepted for publication, within two years prior to the nomination.
- All team nominees must be current members of ArchSoc or affiliated with the Flinders University Archaeology Department.
- All team nominees must be co-authors on each of the publications submitted as evidence, likewise, all co-authors of each publication submitted as evidence must be named nominees of the team nominating for an award.
- The current President of ArchSoc will collect the team nominations and distribute them to the award panel. The panel will make a judgement based on the quality of each publication and award the prize to the most suitable team.
- The prize shall be awarded annually at the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art, unless the panel have judged that no suitable nominations have been received.
About the award:
This award was announced at the party that was thrown in celebration of Ruth Megaw, who died on the 13th of July 2013. Below is the transcript of the announcement made by Jordan Ralph:
I did not know Ruth personally, although, from reading some of her work, especially her biography of her husband, Vincent, I feel that I do. In 2001, Ruth wrote an insightful and tongue-in-cheek article for Dig It. Titled ‘Disreputable Character: The life of Vincent Megaw’, Ruth explained that one of Vincent’s friends from the University of Edinburgh had asked Vincent “to look after his girlfriend Ruth in London, which he did so thoroughly that he ended up marrying her.” And so began decades of collaborative research between Ruth and Vincent. From Ruth’s article, it is clear that she had a keen sense of humour, and one of her qualities that I’d like to highlight is the teamwork and collaboration she exhibited with her husband. With this in mind, it is with pride that I announce that from this year, and in honour of Ruth, ArchSoc will present the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice. These are the qualities that have come to define the Department of Archaeology at Flinders, and the Flinders ArchSoc, and there is no doubt in my mind that Ruth and Vincent have played a vital role making that so.
2014: Kurt Bennett, Chelsea Colwell-Pasch, Lauren Davison, Celeste Jordan, Josh Russ, Jeffrey Schaeffer, Vanessa Sullivan, and Andrew Wilkinson
2015: Susan Arthure and Cherrie de Leiuen
2016: Jana Anvari and Catherine Bland