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Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Rhoades, Ph.D, is widely considered a founder of agricultural anthropology. For over thirty years, Dr. Rhoades set toward "an engaged and useful anthropology for the 21st century."  

Dr. Rhoades came to UGA in 1991 as Department Head, helping the department attain a new visibility. In addition, Dr. Rhoades was an internationally recognized advocate of the preservation of landrace varieties and cultivation methods, which interest he shared with many throughout the U.S. South.  

At the time of his death, Dr. Rhoades had active research programs and projects spanning many countries and ethnic groups, working with indigenous groups to understand underlying sociocultural and demographic pressures influencing people's decision-making toward the environment and agriculture.  

Through his own wishes and the dedication of his partner both in life and research, Professor Virginia Nazarea, the department confers the Robert E. Rhoades Pre-Dissertation Travel Award. 



Brian Gumbert, archeologist, graduated from the department with his A.B. degree in 1986. In addition to the high quality of his work, he is particularly remembered for the humor he brought to the 1985 archaeological field school at the Scull Shoals site in Greene County, taught by Dr. Mark Williams. 

Brian went on to become Field Director for R.S. Webb and Associates, a consulting firm.  

Following his untimely death, his parents chose to celebrate his life, his career and his enjoyment of fieldwork by creating scholarships enabling students to pursue individual field research or to join the UGA Archaeological Field School.





Joseph Ralston Caldwell (June 14, 1916 – December 23, 1973) was an American archaeologist. In the late 1930s he conducted major excavations in the Savannah, Georgia area at the Irene site as part of Depression-era archaeology program. He also led excavations at other archaeology sites in Georgia, such as the Summerour Mound site in the early 1950s. He was among those conducting extensive excavations prior to the development of Lake Hartwell and Lake Strom Thurmond, which flooded numerous archeological sites.  -- Wikipedia    






Janis received her A.B. in Anthropology in 1974, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa status. Her fascination with ancient cultures lead her to travel widely: Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, and up the Nile, as well as to countless archaeological sites and museums. Following her untimely death in 2002, her family has honored her memory by establishing an award to fund student travel, to pass on Janis’ joy of discovery.    







Melissa Hague Field Study Award

Melissa was an undergraduate majoring in Anthropology when she died unexpectedly during her junior year.

Melissa's parents, Roger and Laree Hague, have chosen to honor their daughter by endowing two awards in her name, that Melissa's dream of pursuing research, through both field study and the classroom, may be realized by students in the department that she so enjoyed.

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