Jane M. Eastman wins Moore Award for southeastern archaeological studies

CULLOWHEE – Jane M. Eastman, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Western Carolina University, is the recipient of the C.B. Moore Award presented at the recent 59th annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference held in Biloxi, Miss.

The annual award is presented “for excellence in archaeology by a young scholar in Southeastern studies.” Individuals are nominated and voted on by past recipients of the award.

The prize was initiated in 1994 by members of the Harvard University Lower Mississippi River Valley Archaeological Survey and the Peabody Museum. It is named in honor of Clarence Bloomfield Moore, a wealthy Philadelphia resident and Harvard graduate who first became interested in archaeological digs as a form of “adventure.” Moore would come to devote some 25 years of his life to excavations at archaeological sites throughout the Southeast during the late 1890s and early 1900s, and he left a legacy of 21 well-illustrated volumes about his work upon his death in 1936.

Eastman, a member of the Western Carolina faculty since 2001, earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Southeastern United States archaeology, historic-period Native Americans, and gender issues. She is a member of Southeastern Archaeological Conference, N.C. Archaeological Council and the Society of American Archaeology.

Eastman is a native of Red Springs and a graduate of Red Springs High School.