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In a ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2016, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs archaeologist Alice Guerrant was awarded the H. Geiger Omwake Award by the Archaeological Society of Delaware. Named in honor of Henri Geiger Omwake (1908-1968) who was a founding member of the society and instrumental in obtaining legislation that established Delaware’s State Archaeological Board, the award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the society.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Guerrant earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary and did graduate work in history there. While in Virginia, she did archaeological work at Kings Mill, Stratford Hall, Flowerdew Hundred, Washington’s Birthplace (Wakefield), Corotoman, Yorktown Battlefield and Ash Lawn. After moving to Delaware and her job at the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in 1980, she has been involved in archaeological investigations, historical research and database- and Geographic-Information-System-development as manager of the Historic Property Research Center.
In addition to her longtime involvement with the Archaeological Society of Delaware where she has served as both president and secretary, Guerrant is an active member of the Thistledown Fiber Arts Guild.