Viking Fund Medal

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The Viking Fund Medal is an annual award given out by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research for distinguishing research or publication in the field of Anthropology.[1][2][3] From 1946 to 1961, nominees were selected by their respective societies; The American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, and American Association of Physical Anthropologists. In 1961 the selection procedures was modified for international nominees selection; To increase the amount of qualified applicants. Before the 1961 modification, a nominee from three fields of Anthropology were selected; General Anthropology, Archaeology, and Physical Anthropology. After 1961 the Viking Fund Medal has no longer been awarded annually, with many years between awards.[4]

Year General Anthropology Archaeology Physical Anthropology
1946 Alfred Kroeber Alfred Kidder Franz Weidenreich
1947 Robert Lowie John Brew Earnest Hooton
1948 John Swanton Alex Krieger Adolph Schultz
1949 George Murdock Hallam Movius William Gregory
1950 Clyde Kluckhohn Emil Haury Wilton Krogman
1951 Ralph Linton Frank Roberts Carleton Coon
1952 Julian Steward Alfonso Caso William Straus
1953 Melville Herskovits Gordon Willey T. Dale Stewart
1954 Robert Redfield Wm. Duncan Strong William Howells
1955 A.I. Hallowell J. Eric Thompson W.E. LeGros Clark
1956 Fred Eggan Junius Bird Mildred Trotter
1957 Margaret Mead James Griffin Raymond Dart
1958 Raymond Firth Jesse D. Jennings Henri Vallois
1959 Leslie White Irving Rouse William Greulich
1960 Leslie Spier Theodore Lothrop Stoddard Sherwood Washburn
Year Recipients
1961 E.E. Evans-Pritchard Robert Heine-Geldern Louis S.B. Leakey Sol Tax
1966 Claude Levi-Strauss
1972 Grahame Clark[5]
2003 Marilyn Strathern
2004 Jane H. Hill[2]
2005 George Armelagos


  1. ^ "Viking Fund Medal". Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Hawood, Lori (May 20, 2004). "Anthropologist Receives Prestigious Viking Fund Medal". Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wood, Bernard (2013). "22 V.". Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia Of Human Evolution. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 1-4443-4247-9. 
  5. ^ "RESEARCH GROUP IN ARCHEOMETRY FORMED AT UTAH". Anthropology News. 13 (6): 6–6. 1972. doi:10.1111/an.1972. ISSN 1541-6151.