Peoples of Florida: Eyes on the Past, Present, and Future
69th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society
Hosted by the University of North Florida and the Archaeological Institute of America –Jacksonville Society
Jacksonville, Florida May 5-7, 2017
The Archaeology Lab at the University of North Florida (UNF), with the support of the Archaeological Institute of America –Jacksonville Society is honored to host the 69th annual meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS). Situated amid woodlands, beautiful lakes, and nature trails, the meeting presentations and related events will be held on the UNF campus in Jacksonville, May 5-7, 2017. UNF is located within 10 miles of both the Atlantic Ocean and Downtown Jacksonville.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: The general cost is $50 and a student rate of $20 is also available. These prices are good until March 17, 2017, after which late registration fees go into effect ($60 for general and $30 for student). Presenters must submit their application and abstract using the button below. Upon completion, you will be forwarded to the general registration.
The CONFERENCE HOTEL is the Sheraton Jacksonville, located near the St. Johns Town Center and within a few miles of the UNF campus. A special conference rate of $99 per night is offered by the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel. Room options include single king or double queen. The conference rate is available until April 13, 2017, although subject to availability. CHECK IT OUT AND BOOK TODAY
On Friday evening, the WELCOME RECEPTION will take place in an open courtyard adjacent to the UNF Archaeology Lab (Building 51). Reception attendees will have the opportunity to view displays showcasing Jacksonville archaeology courtesy of the Archaeology Lab, Jacksonville Museum of Science and History (MOSH), National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, and Big Talbot Island State Park. Our featured exhibit will include artifacts from the Mill Cove Complex, a St. Johns II mound center and village (AD 900-1250). Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be available.
Saturday morning and afternoon PAPER AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS will take place on the UNF campus. A variety of local food trucks will be on campus as a lunch option for conference attendees. Those willing to venture off campus can visit the nearby St. Johns Town Center, which offers a variety of places to eat. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Adam W. Herbert University Center, overlooking a nature preserve and lake, offers a quiet sanctuary for the SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET.
Cocktail Hour will be from 6:00-7:00pm. BBQ meatballs, Spicy Southwest Chicken Eggrolls, and Franks in Puff Pastry will be served.
The banquet itself runs from 7:00-9:00pm. Three dinner choices are available. Please indicate on your registration form your choice of:
- Herb Crusted Chicken seasoned with lemon, garlic, white wine and savory herbs (Sides: Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus)
- Apricot Ginger Glazed Salmon (Sides: Candied Butternut Squash and Israeli Couscous)
- Roasted Vegetable Pasta with tomatoes, orange bell peppers, whole garlic cloves, fresh basil, goat cheese (Sides: Steamed Vegetable Medley)
All entrees include a Spinach Strawberry Salad, rolls with butter, and coffee or tea. Dessert items are Chocolate Tart or Lime Meringue Pie. Banquet cost is $40, which includes 2 drink tickets for beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. A cash bar will also be available.
This year’s banquet speaker will be Dr. James (Jim) Dunbar, one of the foremost authorities on paleoindians in Florida and the broader southeast. Jim was an archaeologist for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research for more than 35 years. He is also the founder of the Aucilla Research Institute, Inc. Given that underwater prehistoric sites are coming under attack by the antiquities market and those who want to pass legislation so they can sell artifacts, Dr. Dunbar’s presentation will focus on the significance of underwater and wetland sites in Florida and the need for their protection.
SUNDAY MORNING TOURS
On Sunday morning, conference attendees will have three tour options that include visiting an archaeological site on state lands, viewing a historic plantation belonging to the National Park Service, or undertaking a guided museum tour.
Located within the NPS Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, the plantation is “the oldest standing plantation house in Florida.” Originally built in 1798, it became the residence of Zephaniah Kingsley and his family in 1814. The site includes the original barn and kitchen house and a semicircular arrangement of slave cabins made of tabby. The slave cabins have been the subject of various archaeological excavations over the years, most recently by the University of Florida field school in 2013. The tour leaves the conference hotel at 9:00am. The cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation from the hotel and back.
Shell Ring on Big Talbot Island
This unique St. Johns II site contains a shell ring and a sand burial mound complex dates to A.D. 950-1200. First recorded in 1973, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An interesting discovery by the University of North Florida’s 2014 field school were the bones of a great auk and a passenger pigeon, both extinct species of bird. The tour leaves the conference hotel at 9:00am, and will be conducted by Dr. Keith Ashley. The cost is $20 per person, which includes transportation from the hotel and back is provided.
On April 1, 1864, the steamship Maple Leaf was transporting Union supplies when it struck a Confederate mine in the St. Johns River just off Mandarin Point where it sank and still lies today. The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society has a large collection of the artifacts from this ship which were recovered by Dr. Keith Holland, St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions, Inc. It also has on site the St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American children built in 1898. The cost of admission is $7 per person. Attendees are required to provide their own transportation. A map and directions will be provided.
CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS
The Florida Anthropological Society invites the submission of abstracts for paper or poster presentations at the 69th annual meeting in Jacksonville. We encourage submissions on a broad range of topics pertaining to Florida anthropology, archaeology, history, and other related disciplines. Paper and poster presentations will occur on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Papers and posters should state the research question(s) that guided the work and summarize conclusions or issues resolved by the investigation.
Please note the following guidelines:
- An abstract of no more than 100 words is required from each presenter
- Individuals may submit only one paper or poster as first author for consideration
- An 20-minute time limit for each paper presentation will be strictly enforced
- All presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee at the time they submit their abstract
- Online submission and registration for presenters is due by Monday, March 13, 2017
Student Prize Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree granting collegiate programs are encouraged to compete for a prize. The student must submit a paper of original research that contributes to our understanding of Florida’s cultural history.
Contestants must register for the conference and submit a copy of their paper by Friday March 31, 2017. The written paper cannot exceed 2,500 words and must be typed and double-spaced. Students are required to make an oral presentation, drawn directly from their written paper, at the FAS annual meeting on Saturday May 6, 2017. Past first place winners of the student paper prize are not eligible.
Judging criteria for student papers and oral presentations are: quality of writing, overall presentation, quality of arguments and supporting data, and overall contribution to our understanding of Florida’s cultural past and/or present. Prizes will be awarded during the Saturday evening banquet.
Email questions about student paper submissions to Keith Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER STUDENT FUNDING AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
The FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant
The Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) is making available $500.00 to be awarded annually to archaeology students (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) who are currently enrolled in a Florida university. The grant money will assist students conducting archaeological research in Florida. Grant funds can be used to cover the costs associated with archaeological fieldwork, special analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal or botanical analyses, soils analysis, etc.), and, in some cases, travel expenses associated with presenting a paper based on the student’s research at a professional meeting.
Students interested in applying for the grant should submit a letter not to exceed two pages that describes the project for which the funds are being requested; what research question(s) or problem(s) are being addressed; how the funds will be applied to these problems; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research; and how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. The applicant should include a budget indicating the amount requested and describing how the money will be spent along with a letter(s) of support from faculty. For more information, or to submit your application, contact: Dr. Robert Austin, FAS Student Grant, P.O. Box 2818, Riverview, FL 33568 or via email to email@example.com. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017.
Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award
The Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award is supported by the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of two exemplar avocational archaeologists who dedicated years of their lives promoting education that prioritized the significance of South Central Florida’s cultural resources. This award is only offered to students continuing in the field of Florida archaeology and its use is limited to archaeological research costs. The award ($500.00) might be applied toward processing fees such as C14 dating, or toward participation in a pay as you go fieldwork opportunity, or in research materials. Each student that submits a paper or poster at the 2017 FAS Annual Meeting (either may be co-authored by a professional) will have the opportunity to enter the competition via the online registration form.
WMS/LSSAS Student Travel Grants
The Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society (WMS/LSSAS) is pleased to offer $200 supplemental travel grants to up to two eligible students who present a paper or poster at the FAS 2017 Annual Meeting. The grant can be used for expenses pertaining to the meeting including hotel, registration, and travel expenses. Students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program and first-time FAS presenters are eligible and invited to apply. Application deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017. Selection of awards will be based on review of the letter of application and abstract, and proof of conference registration and university enrollment.
Sally McKeige Research Award
In honor of Sarah “Sally” McKeige, the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society (SEFAS) is pleased to announce a one-time competitive award in the amount of $500 to a student currently enrolled in a degree granting Florida College or University. The grant money can assist the student with conducting archaeological research in southeastern Florida. A Skidmore graduate, Sally acquired a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Hunter at 60 years of age. A Founder and President of the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society (SEFAS), Sally was an avid sailor, outdoorswoman and archaeologist who worked to conserve the environment and preserve history.
Grant funds can be used to cover the costs associated with archaeological fieldwork, specialized analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal or botanical analyses, soils analysis), and, in some cases, travel expenses associated with presenting a paper based on the student’s research at a professional meeting. Students interested in applying for the grant should submit a letter, not to exceed two pages, that describes the project for which the funds are being requested; what research question(s) or problem(s) are being addressed; how the funds will be applied to these problems; what, if any, additional funds will be used to accomplish the research; and how the research will contribute to Florida archaeology. The applicant should include a budget indicating the amount requested and describing how the money will be spent along with a letter(s) of support from faculty. For more information, or to submit your application, contact: Theresa Schober via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017.
INFORMATION FOR EXHIBITORS & VENDORS
The Archaeology Lab at the University of North Florida along with the Jacksonville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America is hosting the 69th Annual Florida Anthropological Society Meeting on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville, Florida. The meetings will be held May 5-7, 2017.
This meeting is designed to bring archaeologists, anthropologists, and other researchers together to share their current research and promote interdisciplinary connections. The event brings individuals from all over Florida and beyond and is an excellent opportunity to showcase organizations of similar interests.
There will be exhibitor space setup Saturday May 6th from 8am to 3pm during conference presentations. Exhibit setup begins at 7am and breakdown is at 3pm.
Each exhibitor package includes 1 table and 2 chairs. If electricity is needed, please contact organizers at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Exhibitor space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you reserve a space after we have filled up, you will be refunded.