Middlebrook Receives Distinguished Archeology Award

Dr. Tom Middlebrook of Nacogdoches was recently presented with the Society of American Archaeology Crabtree Award at the organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco. The Crabtree Award is presented each year to an outstanding avocational archeologist in recognition of his or her contributions and accomplishments advancing archeology through research, fieldwork, education, and public outreach. Middlebrook, a doctor of child and adolescent psychiatry, has been a member of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Archeological Stewardship Network since 1990.

Middlebrook developed an interest in Native American archeology during his elementary school years and first participated in the Lake Nacogdoches excavations in 1975. Since then he has aided and directed numerous survey and excavation projects that revealed new information about prehistoric and historic occupations in northeast Texas. He has organized and attended archeological and historical conferences where he presented his research. Middlebrook has also helped finance archeological investigations and special studies. He has frequently provided consultation to professional archeologists working on area projects. His commitment to archeology has earned him multiple elected office positions with the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) including President-Elect, President, and East Texas Regional Director. In 2005 he was named a TAS Fellow, the organization’s highest honor, for his many contributions to Texas archeology.

As an active THC steward, he has volunteered recording sites, documenting artifact collections, promoting archeological awareness, and educating landowners about preserving important sites on their properties. Middlebrook is the sixth Texan to receive the Crabtree Award, which was established in 1985. Visit www.thc.texas.gov/tasn to learn more about the THC’s Texas Archeological Stewards program.