Marcoux and colleagues receive Patty Jo Watson Award

Dr. Jon Marcoux, associate professor and coordinator of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program, has received the Southwestern Archaeological Conference’s Patty Jo Watson Award for best article or book chapter on southeastern archaeology.

“A Seventeenth-Century Trade Gun and Associated Collections From Pine Island, Alabama” was published in the 2017 issue of Southeastern Archaeology. Co-authored by Marvin Smith from Valdosta State University, Erin Grendell from Yale Peabody Museum and Gregory Waselkov from the University of South Alabama, the article was selected from a pool of 22 nominations.

“My colleagues and I are honored to receive this award,” Marcoux said. “The goal of this project was to work with the Yale Peabody Museum and Native American groups to help repatriate burial goods. It is particularly satisfying to know that our research helped return these sacred objects to their rightful place.”

Marcoux holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and economics from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His professional preservation experience includes archaeological survey and excavation projects across the southeastern U.S. and New England. Marcoux’s research has investigated the ways Cherokee communities negotiated the social and political turmoil caused by European colonialism and explored cultural interaction among late 17th-century Native American Indian communities, enslaved Africans and European settlers.

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