Florida Anthropology in the Sunshine City
St. Petersburg, Florida
May 11-13, 2018
The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education(AWIARE), and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg(USFSP) Anthropology Program, are honored to host the 70th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society. The meeting will take place on the beautiful harbor-side campus of USFSP in the University Student Center.
This year’s hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront located in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront district 1000 feet north of the USFSP campus. A room block has been secured for the event with a nightly rate of $135. (Subject to availability, this rate is offered until April 10, 2018.) Additionally, the Hilton has offered to make our conference rate available to attendees three days before and after the FAS meeting for those interested in spending more time in this vibrant city. To take advantage of this opportunity and/or book your room for the conference, the Hilton is ready to accept your reservation by calling (727) 894-5000.
On the evening of Friday, May 11, conference attendees will be treated to a WELCOME RECEPTION at 3 Daughters Brewing tasting room, at 222 22nd Street South, between 6:00-8:00pm. The reception will feature food from a local favorite, The Tavern, a variety of games, and the Florida Archaeological Council’s “Stewards of Heritage” awards ceremony. Transportation to and from the venue will be provided.
PAPER AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Morning and afternoon paper and poster presentations will take place at USFSP’s University Student Center in Ballrooms 1-3.
For the lunch break; there are numerous restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines located around the campus and in downtown St. Petersburg, which is a short distance away. Limited scheduled transportation between the conference hotel and USFSP will be provided upon request during registration. The Chapter Representative Workshop will take place on Saturday. (Time is to be determined. Lunch will be provided.) The FAS Annual Business and New Board Meetings will take place at the conclusion of conference papers and presentations, usually between 4-5pm. A FAS member quorum is needed! Take your chance at raffles and door prizes. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting!
On Saturday night, May 12th, conference attendees can enjoy a refreshing cocktail overlooking gorgeous views of Bayboro Harbor before the FAS AWARDS AND BANQUET commences at the USFSP University Student Center. The event will feature a cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00pm with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The plated dinner will be served at 7:00pm with the following options:
•Lemon Parmesan Chicken with a White Wine and Chive sauce
•Cheever Orzo and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
All entrees include roasted asparagus, rosemary roasted potatoes, rolls, a house salad, cheesecake, and coffee or tea. Additional beverage options will be available at the cash bar. The banquet cost is $40 per person.
The FAS Awards Ceremony and Keynote Presentation will take place following dinner.
Dr. Michael Francis, Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies and Professor of History at USFSP, has graciously accepted our invitation and will provide the CONFERENCE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION.
He will present on the following:
“Not Even the Devil Could Read This’: Rethinking Florida’s Colonial History in the Digital Age”
Abstract: In this keynote address, Dr. J. Michael Francis will introduce a new initiative to create an interactive digital archive dedicated to Florida’s rich and diverse colonial past. The project, entitled “La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas,” will launch in March 2018. Dr. Francis will discuss the project’s initial phase and its long-term aim to create an interactive database that will make Florida’s colonial history accessible to a global audience.
SUNDAY MORNING TOUR A
City of St. Petersburg Parks Sites
Four city parks within bustling St. Petersburg are home to some well-known and interesting archaeological remains. Join AWIARE board members and longtime FAS gurus, Bob Austin and Dave Burns, on guided tours of the Pinellas Point Mound, Maximo Beach Midden, Abercrombie Park and Kutler Mound, and Jungle Prada Mound and Midden Complex. This will be a driving tour from place to place to learn about the archaeology and changes that have shaped each site, as well as the City of St. Petersburg’s current efforts to preserve and interpret these important places. Transportation will be provided. Comfortable shoes suggested. Low to moderate walking expected. Tour buses will depart from the Conference Hotel. [Light refreshments will be provided.]
Limited to 28 people Tour time: 3.5-4 hours Cost: $20
SUNDAY MORNING TOUR B
AWIARE and Weedon Island Archaeological Site
Join us for a guided tour at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center to view the Weedon Island canoe exhibit. The canoe is Florida’s longest pre-Columbian dugout canoe and the only one recovered from a saltwater environment. The tour will continue with a brief walk to the AWIARE research station to learn about the organization and the current research being conducted. The tour will conclude after a moderate hike to a portion of the famous Weeden Island site where AWIARE and the USFSP Anthropology program have been conducting excavations. The unearthed material suggests this midden area was occupied during the Safety Harbor period. USFSP will be working at the site beginning Spring 2018 and will have new finds to discuss. [Light refreshments will be provided.]
Limited to 30 people Drive time from hotel: 20 minutes Tour Time: 2.5-3 hours Cost: $20
CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS
The Florida Anthropological Society invites the submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the 70th annual meeting in St. Petersburg. 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 12, 2018.
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. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee at the time they submit their abstract. A 20-minute time limit for each paper presentation will be strictly enforced.
Registration and abstract submission is available on the registration form above. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018.
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 30, 2018. 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 12, 2018. Past first place winners of the student paper prize are not eligible.
Judging criteria for student papers and oral presentations include 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 and student paper submissions to Rebecca O’Sullivan, email@example.com.
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. Applications for the 2018 award are now being accepted and can be sent to: Dr. Robert Austin, FAS Student Grant, 7224 Alafia Ridge Loop, Riverview, FL 33569 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is March 31, 2018.
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 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. Sorry, this award will not be presented in 2018.
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 2018 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. Those who wish to apply for the WMS/LSSAS $200 travel grant can submit their poster or paper abstract, proof of registration and university enrollment to WMS/LSSSAS Membership Secretary Linda Massey at email@example.com by March 31, 2018.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2018.