67th Annual Meeting

The Many Faces of Florida, Past and Present

Hyatt Regency

Sarasota, Florida

May 28-31, 2015

Hotel Update

The Hyatt Regency conference hotel special rate has expired. We have a really nice backup hotel, the Hyatt Place. The Hyatt Place is 3.3 miles (about 5 minutes) from the conference hotel but just around the corner from New College of Florida, where the Friday evening reception is being held. You need to call the hotel directly to get our conference rate, which includes breakfast; they also provide a shuttle which can take you to the Conference hotel and New College. Call 941-554-5800 and ask for Maria (in Sales). Request the Group Name FL Anthropological Society (FAS). She has a few rooms left (as of 5/12) at our negotiated $92.00 rate, but will continue to offer discounted rates (slightly higher) after those are gone. See you at the conference!

Conference Program Registration Vendor Form

Time Sifters Archaeology Society is pleased to be hosting the 67th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regecy Sarasota.

Sarasota is a tourist mecca with one of the best beaches in the world; it is a place for everybody's enjoyment with world class botanical gardens, marine research center/aquarium, and art museum; a great theater selection, fishing, golf, an out-standing park system, and a very vibrant historic downtown with a huge selection of cafes and restaurants. The past environs were rich with aboriginal culture; the shoreline of the bay was lined with mounds and middens. The abundance of the marine environment later supported Cuban fishing ranchos, and early settlers were attracted by the area's natural beauty.

We have a great weekend planned that will celebrate the past and the present of this great community and, of course, research from all over the state. We hope you will join us.


The conference and banquet venue will be the beautiful Hyatt Regency. We have negotiated a $129 rate for FAS attendees, which is half off their standard rates and a really great deal for this AAA Four Diamond Hotel and 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner. The rate is guaranteed dependent on availability until May 8th. The link for reservations is here: Hyatt Regency.

If the conference hotel block fills up, we have a block reserved at the Hyatt Place, directly across from the Sarasota airport. Call Toll Free: 888-492-8847. Request the Group Name Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) using code G-FAS1.

Friday evening's reception welcomes attendees and guests at the Charles Ringling Mansion, hosted by our conference co-organizer, Professor Uzi Baram. Watch the sunset over the bay at this stellar historic building that is part of the New College campus. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.

Saturday evening's banquet will be held at the Hyatt and will feature our Key-note Speaker, the "Dean of Florida Archaeology," Dr. Jerry Milanich.

Tours and Site Visits

On Sunday, attendees have a choice of four different field trips, including guided tours by area archaeologists and heritage specialists. The morning cruise of Sarasota Bay will finish in time for participants to head either north or south for the 11:30 tour options.

-- 9am - Morning cruise on Sarasota Bay with a fascinating narration of the area's prehistory and history.

-- 9am - Dive Trip - Join underwater archaeologist Jeff Moates on this unique field trip to the USS Narcissus, one of Florida's twelve Underwater Archaeological Pre-serves. Lunch included.

-- 11:30am - Historic Spanish Point - There is over 5,000 years of human history on this 30-acre National Register site. Features include "Window to the Past," a unique exhibition built inside a prehistoric midden, and an Archaic Period horse-shoe shaped midden.

-- 11:30am - Manatee Mineral Spring and Gamble Plantation - Visit two sites important to understanding the history of the first Florida settlement south of Tampa Bay. Gain insight into the pioneer settlement as well as hidden histories of the area.

Call for Papers

We invite all FAS members to submit papers and posters on topics pertaining to Florida anthropology and archaeology, and related disciplines. Papers should state the research question(s) that guided the work and summarize conclusions or issues resolved by the investigation.

Please note the following guidelines:

-- Only one paper or poster per presenter will be accepted.

-- There will be an 18-minute time limit for each paper presentation strictly enforced.

-- Abstracts should be no more than 100 words. Submittal of conference registration form and conference fee must be completed before submission of abstract.

-- All abstract submittals must be done via the online Call for Papers form by Saturday, March 28, 2015.

-- You will receive an email confirming your abstract submission, including the data you entered.

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 the respective deadlines below and make an oral presentation at the FAS annual meeting. The oral presentations must be drawn from the written paper. The written paper cannot exceed 2,500 words and must be typed and double-spaced. Abstracts, registration forms, and conference fee must be submitted by Saturday, March 28, 2015 (see Call for Papers form). Postmark deadline for submitting the full paper by email is Friday, April 17, 2015.

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 and submissions to Maranda Kles.


The FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant Now Accepting Applications

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. 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 Robert Austin. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award

The annual Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award is sponsored by the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy (KVAHC). The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of two exemplar avocational archaeologist who dedicated years of their lives promoting education that prioritized the significant of south central Florida's cultural resreouces. This award is only offered to students and its use is limited to archaeological research costs. The award may be applied toward processing fees, such as radiocarbon dating, toward participation in a pay as you go fieldwork opportunity, or in reserach materials. Each student that submits a paper or poster at the 2015 FAS Annual Meeting (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.

Warm Mineral Springs/Little Salt Spring Archaeological Society Student Travel Grant

The WMS/LSSAS is please to offer three $200 supplemental travel grants to eligible students who present a paper or poster at the FAS 2015 Annual Meeting in Sarasota. With the $600 raised from the raffle at the 2014 FAS Annual Meeting held in Punta Gorda, the WMS/LSSAS Board decided to use the money to encourage student participation. The money can be used for expenses pertaining to the meeting such as hotel, registration, and travel. How to apply: Students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program and first-time FAS presenters are eligible and invited to apply. For consideration, send a letter of request for a FAS 2015 Travel Grant with your paper or poster abstract, copy of student ID, and proof or registration to Jodi Johnson no later than March 25. Selection of awards will be based on a review of the letter application, abstract, and proof of conference registration and university enrollment.