66th Annual Meeting

Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center

Punta Gorda, Florida

May 8-11, 2014

Vendor Form* Conference Program**

*Vendor forms are due April 18, 2014.
**Printed copies of the conference program will be provided in Punta Gorda.

Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society is pleased to host the 66th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society, May 8-11, 2014 in Punta Gorda. The meeting will be held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center that overlooks the scenic Peace River.

A Preliminary Schedule, Registration Form, and Call for Papers announcement with abstract submission form are available. The abstract deadline is March 15, 2014.

Punta Gorda is a quaint historic city rich in local and regional history located just south of, and at the mouth of, the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. More information on the history of the area is available at the City of Punta Gorda's website. There is a beautiful downtown historic district that was revitalized after the devastating effects of Hurricane Charlie in 2004.

Accommodations & Banquet

The Four Points Sheraton, located on the Peace River, is just one block east of the Conference Center and will serve as the Conference Hotel. We were able to secure the reasonable room rate of $89.00 with the rate guaranteed dependent on availability until April 25. For reservations call (941) 637-6770 and indicate that you are booking for The Florida Anthropological Society or WMS/LSS Archaeological Society.

Other local hotel options within walking distance include the Wyvern Hotel at (941) 639-7700 where we have a 20-room block for $99/night on Friday and Saturday (normal rate: $129) and the Punta Gorda Waterfront Hotels and Suites at (941) 639-1165. Conference rates at the Punta Gorda Waterfront are $65/night (city view rooms), $85/night (water view), and $109 for suites. Mention the Florida Anthropological Society when making reservations.

The venue selected for the banquet is Laishley's Crab House, which is another block east of the hotel and, you guessed it, also right on the river. So, it will be a river-walk kind of meeting. The historic downtown district is only a block away from the hotel and all within walking distance.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers and Posters on all topics pertaining to Florida anthropology and archaeology, as well as related disciplines, for presentation at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) in Punta Gorda on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Only one paper or poster per presenter will be accepted. There will be an 18 minute time limit that is strictly enforced. Papers should state the research question(s) that guided the work and summarize conclusions or issues resolved by the investigation. Abstracts should be no more than 100 words, double spaced, and accompanied by the conference registration fee. Please e-mail a digital transcript of your abstract to Michele Cotty Loger at Memishel@yahoo.com with the e-mail subject FAS 2014 Abstract. Presenters must respond to the Call for Papers and submit a Registration Form, accompanied by a check for the applicable registration fee payable to SAAA/FAS, by Friday, March 15, 2014. Please indicate the presenter's name on the check.

Posters can be set up Saturday morning May 10, 2014. Posters must be mounted on rigid backing and dimensions not to exceed 72 inches x 42 inches. You must stand with your poster 15 minutes prior to and after breaks. Florida Archaeology comics will be accepted in the poster session. Note: No electricity will be available, nor will AV equipment be permitted.

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 submit three (3) copies of their paper and make an oral presentation at the annual meeting. The oral presentations must be drawn from the written paper. The written paper cannot exceed 2500 words and must be typed and double-spaced. Postmark deadline for submitted copies (3) is Friday, March 28, 2014. Abstracts and registration forms must be submitted by March 15, 2014.

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. The winner will be awarded a banquet ticket so they can be present at the Awards Ceremony. Paper may be submitted electronically in addition to the three mailed copies. Send email questions and papers to Steve Koski.

Chuck Wilde Archaeological Research Award

The annual Chuck Wilde Archaeological Research Award will be given by the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy (KVAHC). The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of an exemplar avocational archaeologist. The award is offered to archaeological students, and its use is limited to archaeological research costs. Each student that submits a paper or poster (either may be co-authored by a professional) will have an entry. One entry will be drawn at random to decide this year's recipient. The drawing will be held Saturday afternoon and the winner presented with a banquet ticket so they can be present for the Awards Ceremony.

Dorothy Moore Student Grant

The Florida Anthroplogical Society 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 describe how the money will be spent along with a letter(s) of support from a faculty member.

Applications for the 2014 award are now being accepted and can be sent to: Dr. Robert Austin, FAS Student Grant, P.O. Box 2818, Riverview, FL 33568. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2014.