Florida's Statewide Organization of Archaeology and Anthropology
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.
We will also have a hotel option priced around $92 a night, including breakfast, with a free shuttle to the Hyatt and to New College for Fridays reception. This is at the Hyatt Place, directly across from the Sarasota airport. The direct reservation link is Hyatt Place FAS Link. Input your dates, and then click on Special Rates. You will see a corporate code G-FAS1 selected. Or you can Toll Free: 888-492-8847. Request the Group Name FL 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.
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.
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.
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.