Annual Meeting & Conference

72nd Annual Meeting – Naples, October 2-4, 2020
Hosted by the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society!

The Board of the Florida Anthropological Society and the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society are pleased to announce the 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting has been rescheduled to October 2-4, 2020 in Naples.

These dates may be subject to change or cancellation should the COVID-19 threat not be abated by that time. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow any guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health.

If you had previously registered for the conference and are no longer interested in attending, you may contact Charlie Strader at to request a full refund. For those who are interested in attending in October, we graciously ask that you allow us to carry over your registration fees to the October dates. We will have more information about registration soon.

If you submitted an abstract and would like to withdraw it, please contact John Furey at to do so. We will have more information about presenting at the October conference soon, including carrying over already submitted abstracts and a new call for papers.

The Ritz-Carlton has indicated that room reservations made for May will be automatically cancelled by the hotel. Guests intending to attend the rescheduled conference will be able to rebook their rooms through a new conference link ON THIS PAGE when it becomes available. 


Naples, Florida

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 and will announce the updated rate and deadline when it is determined. 



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.


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, October 3, 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 will be available (dates to be announced) at $50 for FAS members, $60 for non-members. Students enjoy a fifty percent reduction in registration rate. After the early dates, a late registration fee of $15 applies to all categories.  We encourage all attendees to consider becoming FAS members.

Abstract submission deadline to be announced.

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, October 3. 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.