Annual Meeting & Conference

72nd Annual Meeting – Naples, May 8-10, 2020
Hosted by the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society!

Based on the guidance from the State of Florida and the National Center for Disease Control, the Florida Anthropological Society Board and SWFAS Planning Committee have determined the 72nd Annual Meeting and Conference will not take place as scheduled on May 8-10 in Naples. We are currently exploring options for rescheduling and will post more information as soon as we have it.

The southwest Florida coast is renowned for many famous archaeological sites. From Charlotte Harbor to the 10,000 Islands, this was the home of the Calusa empire that held Southern Florida natives as vassals. The famous 1896 Marco Island excavation by Frank Hamilton Cushing, Horrs Island, Mound Key in Estero Bay and Pineland on Pine Island are just a few of these sites.

Since the late 1800s, Naples has grown from a small fishing village into a modern city. People from all over the world have made the Calusa heartland their home – attracted by the natural beauty of the area, warm Gulf waters, an abundance of marine life, fine sand beaches and seemingly endless sunshine. Naples supports a vibrant culture of fine restaurants, theaters, museums, a world class botanical garden, and excellent fishing. We welcome you and hope that you can take some time to explore and enjoy our southwest Florida home.


The 2020 FAS Annual Meeting hotel and conference center is The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Located at 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples, this luxury hotel is surrounded by a lush landscape, tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, spa and fitness center, and a world-class golf course designed by Greg Norman. Plan a day at the beach with free shuttle service to The Ritz-Carlton on the Gulf of Mexico.

SWFAS has secured a conference room rate of $149.00 per night, guaranteed on reservations booked by April 7, 2020. The rate extends for three days before or after the conference so bring your families for a true Mother’s Day getaway! Resort and parking fees are waived for FAS registrants. For reservations call 1-877-557-3092 or book on-line at Be sure to mention FAS for the proper room rate when booking by phone.


ALL Friday meetings will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

FPAN Board Meeting 8am-12pm BLUE HERON
FAC Board/General Meeting 12-2:30pm GREAT EGRET
FAS Board Meeting 1:30pm-3pm BLUE HERON
Digital Heritage Workshop 3-4:00pm GREAT EGRET


Conference attendees will be treated to a Welcome Reception at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Graciously hosted by the Collier County Museums and Marco Island Historical Society, the reception will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and exclusive access to the museum’s galleries. Artifacts excavated from Key Marco by Frank Hamilton Cushing, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, are currently on display. The present exhibition is only the third time the Key Marco cat has returned to Marco Island since Cushing’s 1896 excavation.

During the reception, the Florida Archaeological Council Stewards of Heritage Awards will be presented in the adjacent Rose History Auditorium.

Shuttle service from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort for conference attendees to the reception site is provided. Transportation costs are generously offset by a grant from the Collier County Tourist Development Council.

ALL Saturday activities will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

The FAS Annual Business Meeting is held following the paper and poster sessions. Student awards and details of the 2021 conference are announced. To ratify the 2020-2021 board election results, a quorum of 30 members are required to attend. Please see the preliminary schedule below for time and room information. All meetings are open to FAS members.

Registration 7:30am-noon FOYER
Continental Breakfast 7:30-10am FOYER
Vendor Displays, Book Sales 8am-4:30pm FOYER
Podium Presentations 8am-11:40am TIBURON 2 & 3
Poster Presentations 8am-4:00pm TIBURON 4
Lunch Break 11:40-1:00pm
FAS Chapter Rep Lunch noon-1pm TIBURON 4
Podium Presentations 1:20pm-4pm TIBURON 2 & 3
FAS General Meeting 4:30pm-5pm TIBURON 3
Cocktails (cash bar) 6pm-6:45pm FOYER
Banquet and Awards 6:45pm-9:00pm TIBURON 4


The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples will be the venue for our Saturday night cocktail reception, banquet dinner, FAS awards ceremony, and keynote speaker. It will be a plated dinner created by the resorts’ renowned chefs and an evening to remember. Dinner will be a Choice of Salad or Soup, Roasted Chicken Breast, Potato Croquette, Brocollini, Onion Wedge, and Peppercorn Sauce. (Vegetarian option available.) Includes coffee, tea, and dessert.  The Banquet cost is $50 per person. 


Dr. Ryan J. Wheeler has graciously accepted our invitation to provide the Keynote presentation at the FAS Awards Banquet. Focusing on the intersection of Florida archaeology and northern museums and a cast of characters that includes antiquarian Clarence B. Moore and notable archaeologists Irving Rouse, John M. Goggin, Ripley and Adelaide Bullen, among others, Dr. Wheeler will present, “What the Heck is the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology and What Does it Have to do with Florida?”

Ryan is the Director of  the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, a museum at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At the Peabody he has advanced a strategic vision focused on collections, education, and repatriation. In 2017, Dr. Wheeler co-founded the Journal of Archaeology & Education, the only academic journal devoted to the intersection of these two fields. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Wheeler was Florida’s State Archaeologist and a past editor of The Florida Anthropologist. Happily, he has maintained a connection to Florida archaeology, recently co-editing Iconography and Wetsite Archaeology of Florida’s Watery Realms.



Travel down Henderson Creek and through Rookery Bay to Little Marco Island on the 40 -foot pontoon Boat Good Fortune II.

The Rookery Bay Estuarine Reserve covers over 100,000 acres of islands, waterways, mangroves and bays, was a major area of Native-American habitation and is similar to the 10,000 Islands. Located next to the Isle of Capri, Little Marco Island and Marco Island, this pristine bay teems with large numbers of wildlife on the land and in the Gulf waters that sustained the aboriginal inhabitants who left their shell middens on many of these islands. Upon returning from the water excursion, we will walk a short distance to visit a shell mound and a historic settlers’ cemetery.

The tour departs from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida dock on Shell Island Road off of Collier Boulevard in Naples at 10:00 a.m.. This tour is limited to 35 people. Cost is $45 per person. 



The Florida Anthropological Society invites the submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the 72nd annual meeting in Naples. We encourage submissions on a broad range of topics pertaining to Florida anthropology, archaeology, history, and other related disciplines. Presentations will occur on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the conference venue.

Please note the following abstract submission 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
  • A 20-minute time limit for each paper will be strictly enforced
  • All presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee at the time they submit their abstract. Co-presenters in attendance at the conference may register up to and including the day of the conference.

Advance registration rates are available through April 7, 2020 at $50 for FAS members, $60 for non-members. Students enjoy a fifty percent reduction in registration rate. After April 10, 2020, a late registration fee of $15 applies to all categories.  We encourage all attendees to consider becoming FAS members.

FAS Membership, as well as FAS 2020 Conference registration and abstract submission access is available through the FAS website. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 20, 2020.

Email questions to Theresa Schober at


The Florida Anthropological Society invites vendors and exhibitors to participate in the annual conference. Showcase your organization and/or products to the state’s archaeological and preservation communities. Enjoy space in the foyer leading to meeting rooms. To entice participation between vendors and meeting attendees, a continental breakfast is served in the vendor area on Saturday morning.

The exhibitor package includes provision of one table and two chairs at a rate of $35 for informational displays or $50 for commercial sales. Electricity is available upon advance request. Separate conference registration is required if you plan to attend educational sessions or special events.

Exhibitors are expected to be set up between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 9th. Set-up may begin at 7:00 AM and break down is required to be complete by 5:30 PM.

ADVERTISE IN THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM! Your ad will be seen by attendees and posted online. 

Contact SWFAS President, John Furey, to learn more and reserve your space.


Student prize winners are announced at the FAS General Meeting on Saturday, May 9, 2020.   Award recipients are provided complimentary tickets to the FAS Awards Banquet.


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 by the abstract submission deadline and submit a copy   of their paper by Friday, April 17, 2020. 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. Past first place winners of the student paper prize are ineligible.

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 John Furey at


The FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant 

The Florida Anthropological Society is making available $500 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 fieldwork, special analysis (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 letter(s) of support from faculty.  Applications for the 2019 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 Application deadline is March 31, 2020.


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 Conference. The grant can be used to offset meeting expenses including hotel, registration, and travel.

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 by April 17, 2020.