Annual Meeting & Conference

FAS MEMBER RATES: $40 Individual, $20 Student  |  NON-MEMBER RATES: $70 Individual, $35 Student (both include one year of membership)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kenneth E. Sassaman

A History Runs Through It:  Nine Millennia of Human Experience along the St. Johns River of Northeast Florida 

From the pond burials of 9,000 years ago to the platform mounds at the eve of Spanish contact, the indigenous people of the St. Johns River valley inscribed their histories in water, shell, stone, bone, and earth. In the context of environmental change—most notably rising sea and flooded land—the archaeological traces of this ancient past reveal tremendous resilience to disruptions in everyday life. However, relationships between people and the river were inflected not only by the vagaries of nature, but also by an ever-accumulating material reality of cemeteries, mounds, and middens. The river, it would seem, carried far more than water from its headwaters to the sea. It also carried history and meaning for those whose ancestors intervened against environmental change to ensure that life on the river would carry on.

Kenneth E. Sassaman is the Hyatt and Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology, University of Florida. His 38 years of research in the Lower Southeast has centered on community formation, regional interactions, and technological change among ancient Native Americans. Ongoing fieldwork on the Gulf Coast investigates the connection between the experience and expectation of environmental change with a new emphasis on the late nineteenth-century in the Cedar Key locality. The author or editor of nine books and over 100 articles and chapters, Sassaman is co-author of the new textbook Archaeology of Ancient North America (Cambridge, 2020).




The Florida Anthropological Society has concluded the submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the 73rd annual meeting and virtual conference. A broad range of topics pertaining to Florida anthropology, archaeology, history, and other related disciplines will be presented on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

For questions about abstracts or presentation guidelines, please contact FAS 1st VP, Rebecca O’Sullivan, at

Student Prize Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree granting programs can participate in the FAS Student Paper Prize Competition.

The student must submit a paper of original research that contributes to understanding Florida’s cultural history. Contestants must register for the conference and submit a copy of their paper by May 1, 2021. The written paper cannot exceed 2,500 words and must be typed double-spaced. Students are required to make an oral presentation, drawn directly from their written paper, at the virtual conference on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Previous 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 understanding Florida’s cultural past and/or present. Prizes will be awarded during the Saturday evening keynote event. Email questions and student paper submissions to Maranda Kles at