Ripley P. Bullen Award

Ripley P. Bullen Memorial Award

The Ripley P. Bullen Memorial Award was developed by the FAS Board of Directors in 1981. It is named for the late Ripley Bullen (1902-1976), an archaeologist and FAS member, who for many years worked closely with FAS and its chapters and members. He served as an FAS officer, including President in 1968 and 1969, and was Editor of the Society’s scientific journal in 1970 through 1976.

Bullen first worked as a mechanical engineer for General Electric Company in New York and Massachusetts, changing careers to archaeology in the 1940s when he studied at Harvard University and worked at the Peabody Foundation for Archaeology at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After moving to Florida, he took a position as Assistant Archaeologist for the Florida Park Service in 1948 to 1952. From 1952 through 1973, he served as Curator in the Department of Social Sciences at the Florida State Museum in Gainesville. During those years, he did extensive work in Florida and, beginning in 1961, in the Caribbean area as well (Anonymous 1973; Luer 2014). Bullen was a prolific author and co-author, publishing numerous papers and working with many interested citizens (Anonymous 1977; Bullen 1978).

The Bullen Award is designed to recognize professional archaeologists who foster the spirit of Ripley Bullen by furthering good working relationships among avocational and professional archaeologists in Florida. Nominations for the Bullen Award must be made in writing to the current FAS President by an FAS Chapter and its Representative to the FAS Board by the date of December 15 prior to the FAS Annual Meeting. The nominee must be a member of FAS. The recipient is honored with a plaque at the Annual Banquet. The criteria for qualifications and implementation of the Bullen Award are described in the FAS Operating Procedures Manual, which is posted on the FAS website.

Award Recipients 

YearNominating Chapter(s) Recipient
2017Southeastern Florida Archaeological SocietyAnn S. Cordell
2014Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyGeorge M. Luer
2011Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyBarbara Purdy
2008St. Augustine Archaeological AssociationCarl Halbirt
2005St. Augustine Archaeological AssociationChristine Newman
2003Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical ConservancyScott Mitchell
2001bPensacola Archaeological SocietyElizabeth Benchley
2001aCentral Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyNancy White
1998Pensacola Archaeological SocietyJudith Bense
1997St. Augustine Archaeological AssociationKathleen Deagan
1996Southwest Florida Archaeological SocietyBrent Weisman
1995Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyJ. Raymond Williams
1993Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyBob Austin
1992Archaeological Society of Southern FloridaRobert S. Carr
1990Southwest Florida Archaeological SocietyBill Marquardt
1989St. Augustine Archaeological AssociationValerie Bell
1987Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyLouis Tesar
1984Northeast Florida Anthropological SocietyJohn W. Griffin
1983Apalachee Anthropological SocietyB. Calvin Jones
1982Central Gulf Coast Archaeological SocietyJerald Milanich

Ann S. Cordell accepting the 2017 Ripley P. Bullen Memorial Award
Nominated by members of the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society (SEFAS), including (far left to right) Gloria File, Joanne Talley, Heidi Anderson-Thomas (far right), and Maria Sideroff (not shown), Ann Cordell accepts her award from outgoing FAS president Theresa Schober.