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William E. Taylor Prize Awarded to Archaeology Researcher Sarah Hazell



William E. Taylor Prize Awarded to Archaeology Researcher Sarah Hazell

Gatineau, Quebec, May 17, 2006 — Sarah Hazell, a doctoral student at  McGill University, is the 2006 recipient of the William E. Taylor Research Award. This $5000 award is presented each year by the Canadian Museum of Civilization to recognize excellent research undertaken by a young scholar in the fields of Arctic Studies in Archaeology, Anthropology, History or Native Studies.

A native of Toronto, Sarah Hazell obtained B.A. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto, and has been involved in long-term archaeological projects in both the Near East and the Canadian Arctic. Her current project, “Late Dorset and Sadlermiut Occupations at Needle Point, Rowley Island, Nunavut” investigates the possible relationship between a local Inuit population and the pre-Inuit occupants of the eastern arctic. It is a question that William E. Taylor began to investigate during the 1950s, and one which continued to fascinate him.

The William E. Taylor Award was established by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in memory of former Director and Arctic scholar William E. Taylor, Jr. A renowned archaeologist and a tireless proponent of public education, Dr. Taylor headed the Archaeology Division at the former National Museum of Canada in the 1960s and helped found the Canadian Archaeological Association. Ms. Hazell is the 9th person to receive the award.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the national museum of human history and together with the Canadian War Museum, tells the history of Canada and its people. The Canadian Museum of Civilization is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

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