“Back to Africa Heritage and Archaeology Project,” Wins Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award!

Congratulations to Wenner-Gren Post PhD Research grantee, Matthew C. Reilly, and his "Back to Africa Heritage and Archaeology Project," colleagues for receiving the Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology!
The BAHA team on the stairs of the former Porte family home in the Barbadian-settled township of Crozierville, Liberia, June 2022. Following the home’s abandonment and destruction during the war, team members cleared vegetation and excavated units at the home working in close concert with Porte family members in Liberia and abroad. Excavated materials are now held at the National Museum of Liberia. From the bottom-left; Row 1: Fannie Padmore, Oliver Sackey, Craig Stevens; Row 2: John Lissa, Lorpu Flomo, Abraham Fokoe, Stephen Foday; Row 3: Matthew Reilly, Alexander Dash, Ashley Holder; Row 4: Emmanuel Suloteh, Gayflor Wesley; Row 5: John Delphin, Chrislyn Laurore. Photograph by Craig Stevens.

The Mark E. Mack Community Engagement Award honors individual researchers or research project teams who exhibit outstanding best practices in community collaboration, engagement, and outreach in their historical archaeology and heritage preservation work. The award commemorates the life and career of Mark E. Mack and encourages diversity in the SHA and our profession by cultivating relationships between archaeologists and stakeholder communities. Mack was well known for his work on the New York African Burial Ground project. He was a professor of anthropology at Howard University and curator of the university’s W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory. Throughout his career, he exemplified many of the qualities we value as best practices in community, stakeholder collaboration.

The certificates for these awards will be presented at the January 2024 Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Oakland, California.

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