Posted October 31, 2013
Two Ohio archaeologists, Dr. N’omi Greber of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Dr. Mark Seeman of Kent State University, were honored this month by the Midwest Archaeological Conference. They each received the prestigious Distinguished Career Award, which recognizes the contributions scholars have made to Midwestern Archaeology over the course of a career of research and service.
Mark Seeman (left) and N’omi Greber (right) receive the MAC Distinguished Career Award from Mark Lynott (center), President of the Midwest Archaeological Conference. Image courtesy of Mark Lynott
What follows are excerpts from the much more extensive award citations for N’omi and Mark: “Nomi Greber has become synonymous with the term Ohio Hopewell. Dr. Greber has spent the last 39 years of her career tirelessly and diligently working on the Hopewell archaeological record from myriad angles, with 67 papers and presentations all on things Hopewell. Dr. Grebers contributions to archaeology go well beyond simply digging and reporting. She has also been active in service positions with the Cleveland Archaeological Society, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Central States Anthropological Society, the Midwest Archaeological Conference, and the Society for American Archaeology. While Dr. Grebers presentations, publications and service work set her apart as a major contributor to Midwest archaeology, one of her most important and enduring contributions has been her role as mentor. Nomi has played an active role as mentor to many students, particularly those studying Hopewell. Dr. Greber has been an important contributor to Midwest archaeology for nearly 40 years and her work continues. She has been and continues to be one of the key advocates for the study, interpretation and preservation of the archaeological record in Ohio.” __________ “Mark Seeman has a long and impressive record of research and publication. Although he would describe his research focus as Middle Woodland and Paleoindian topics, his publications and the theses of his graduate students illustrate a lifetime of diverse study, with journal articles, reports, and books covering the entire span of Ohio prehistory. Mark has not restricted himself to the role of scholar or instructor and has served the discipline in multiple capacities, including multiple positions within the Ohio Archaeological Council and the MAC. He has made educating the public an important priority, such as in his contributions to the outstanding Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand
exhibit and book. He has made preservation an important personal goal, serving for many years in various positions, including chair, on the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board. Throughout his career, Mark has been an outstanding teacher and mentor. This will be perhaps his most important and enduring legacy in the region. Mark Seeman is a role model for what an archaeologist, a mentor, and a man might hope to accomplish in his life.” Congratulations to N’omi and Mark for this well-earned tribute! And a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to them both for their many contributions to Ohio archaeology! Brad Lepper