Civilizations of Ancient Iraq declared winner of first Felicia A. Holton Book Award

Just this year, the Archaeological Institute of America created a new annual book award, and has recently declared PUP authors Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster the first recipients of the prize for the book, Civilizations of Ancient Iraq!

The Felicia A. Holton Book Award, named in honor of the prolific journalist and co-author of Koster: Americans in Search of their Prehistoric Past, seeks to honor authors who represent “the importance and excitement of archaeology” to the general public through a major work of non-fiction (quote from the AIA’s website). In the opinion of the Felicia A. Holton award committee, the Fosters’ book did just that.

A photograph of Felicia A. Holton, namesake of the AIA’s new award – from the AIA website

Civilizations of Ancient Iraq traces the rise and fall of civilizations in Iraq over the course of millennia. Because archaeological discoveries are the source of our knowledge of ancient Iraq, the book also provides an epilogue about the discovery and future of its antiquities. It has been praised as a “crystal-clear and well-illustrated narrative” by Peter Skinner of ForeWord Magazine and declared by Bruce Elder of Sydney Morning Herald to be a “very readable overview of the importance of Iraq in its own terms and in the larger context of the forces that have shaped modern civilisation.”

To view a complete list of other PUP books that have recently won awards, please click here.


  1. Badges personnalisés says:

    I hope it will be translated into French, because I am very interested in the history of this great (and unknown) country.