Student Essay Contest-Deadline Extended

Louis D. Tesar Historic Preservation Essay Contest


The Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (PAST), a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, is holding an essay contest for a prize of $1000. Modeled on the Florida Anthropological Society annual student paper competition, the essay contest will be open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in a collegiate program in archaeology, history, or a related field. Students who wish to enter the contest must be enrolled in a college or university located in Florida or engaged in fieldwork in Florida.


Essays will address the question “What is the benefit of historic preservation and conservation of archaeological sites in Florida?” Essays will be 10-12 pages in length (plus references and images) and must be submitted by email to by Monday, March 12, 2018. Top essay contestants will be asked to summarize their paper in a ten-minute oral presentation, to be given in Tallahassee at an upcoming meeting of PAST. A committee will judge the written essays and oral presentation on: quality of arguments and supporting data, overall contribution to our understanding of historic preservation in Florida, and overall presentation. With permission of the authors, the winning essay will be published on the PAST web site.