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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator of Archaeology Jerald T. Milanich will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will be held during the council’s 25th anniversary celebration and the Florida Anthropological Society’s 57th anniversary meeting reception, held in unison at the Florida Museum.

Milanich is one of only three people to ever receive this award. During his career, which spans more than three decades, Milanich has published more than 190 books, articles and other miscellaneous publications, received 64 academic grants and supervised more than 100 graduate students, many who currently practice archaeology in Florida and throughout the Americas. His role as Bullen Series editor for the University Press of Florida, as well as other editorial positions, have helped disseminate Florida archaeology information globally.

He has held various appointed and elected positions in the professional archaeological community including past president of the Society of Professional Archeologists from 1981-82 and past president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference from 1986-1988. He also was named among the University of Florida’s top researchers in 1987 and was given a Medalist Award in 2004 by the Florida Academy of Sciences.

Robert Austin nominated Milanich for the award and the FAC board unanimously approved, agreeing that he is the “acknowledged dean of Florida archaeology.”

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Writer: Kristin Ede