71st ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE
Crystal River, May 10-12, 2019
Where were you in 1969? If we’re not mistaken, the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) held its annual meetings and conference in Crystal River that year. Now 50 years later, let’s go back there.
For 2019, Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Central Region and the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society are honored to co-host the 71st Annual Meeting of FAS. The meeting will take place in the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River. The Plantation on Crystal River will serve as the Conference hotel and the location for organizational meetings and conference proceedings from May 10 to 12, 2019.
The Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay and is located at 9301 West Fort Island Trail. A room block has been secured for the event with a nightly rate of $129. The resort hotel hosts a number of fun and family oriented amenities and is just a short drive to downtown Crystal River on Citrus Avenue.
For anyone interested in spending more time along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River has offered to make our conference rate available to attendees three days before and after the FAS meeting. To take advantage of this opportunity and /or book your room for the conference, the Plantation is ready to accept your reservation by calling (800)632-6262. Please refer to the booking name Florida Anthropological Society. The call-in block will be held until the cutoff date of Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
On Friday, May 10, between 6:00-8:00pm, conference attendees will be treated to a Welcome Reception at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Hosted by Park Staff and the Friends of Crystal River Preserve, the reception will feature food and refreshments, and beautiful sunset views of the Crystal River. Transportation to and from the venue will be provided.
On Saturday evening attendees can enjoy a refreshing cocktail with hors d’oeuvres overlooking gorgeous views of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge before the FAS Awards and Banquet commences back at the Conference Center in the Magnolia Room.
A delicious buffet will start at 6:45pm with healthy servings of batter fried local fish and roasted rosemary chicken. Three types of salads, lots of veggies, and desserts of baked apple cobbler and coconut layer cake will also be served.
The FAS Awards Ceremony and Keynote Presentation will take place following dinner. The banquet cost is $40 per person. Join us! Dinner and Awards are always great, and often lively.
Ms. Ginessa Mahar, PhD Candidate of the University of Florida, has graciously accepted our invitation to provide the Keynote presentation; “With a Little Help from Our Friends: Investigating Florida’s Ancient Fisheries”
“Archaeology is a team sport. While the 21st century has brought many new and exciting techniques to the field of archaeology, perhaps the most significant development may have to do with personnel.”
In her Keynote Address, Ms. Mahar will discuss, “the role of students, community members, fisherfolk, and biologists in the investigation of Florida’s ancient fisheries, with a focus on the Woodland archaeology of the Gulf Coast. The benefits of Community Archaeology and interdisciplinary research will be discussed as well as the critical role that “Our Team” plays in the detection, investigation, and preservation of Florida’s coastal heritage.”
[photo: Ms. Mahar (kneeling) with excavation crew.]
SUNDAY FIELD TRIPS
Across the Divide: Crystal River to Roberts Island
9:00am Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor Center
Join USF archaeologist, Dr. Thomas J. Pluckhahn, for an interpretive boat and hiking tour of two of Crystal River’s pre-contact mound sites. The goal of this tour is to frame the differences between the Crystal River and Roberts Island sites, in terms of size, architecture, orientation, etc. and what these might say about societies of the Middle and Late Woodland.
Folks who choose this tour will hop aboard Monroe to view the Crystal River site from the river, then land for a guided hike of the unique mounds at Roberts Island. With apologies, we regret to inform you that the Roberts Island hike portion of this tour is not handicap accessible. Roberts Island, within the Crystal River State Preserve, is not open to regular visitation. The rough-cut trails are most easily and only traversed on foot.
Monroe is the State Park’s tour boat. She calls at the Park’s Visitor Center, located at 3266 N Sailboat Ave in Crystal River. Meet at 9:00am. Duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours. Cost is $20 per person. Limit 22 seats.
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge to Shell Island
9:30am Plantation on Crystal River
Join archaeologist, Gary Ellis of the Gulf Archaeological Research Institute, aboard the Plantation Adventure Center’s large capacity pontoon boat. Learn alongside fellow FAS members everything you might want to know about the archaeology and ecology of the Crystal River. The tour will motor past the famous Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Roberts Island, and Wash Island, a few of the more interesting archaeological sites along the way.
This scenic boat tour will depart from Plantation on Crystal River at 9:30am en route for Shell Island at the river’s mouth.Duration of tour will be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Cost is $25 per person. Limit 38 seats.
CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS
The Florida Anthropological Society invites the submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the 71st annual meeting in Crystal River. 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 11, 2019.
You must be a FAS member to present at the Conference. 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. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate registration fee at the time they submit their abstract. A 20-minute time limit for each paper presentation will be strictly enforced.
FAS Membership, as well as FAS 2019 Conference registration and abstract submission access is available through the FAS website. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019.
The deadline for proposing an Organized Session, panel discussions, or other special programs associated with the conference is Friday, February 15, 2019. Email questions and organized session submissions to Jeff Moates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT FUNDING AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
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 be registered for the conference and submit a copy of their paper by Friday, April 12, 2019. 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 on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Past 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 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 Rebecca O’Sullivan, email@example.com.
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 who are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Application deadline is March 29, 2019.
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 2018 Annual Meeting. The grant can be used for expenses pertaining to the meeting including hotel, registration, and travel expenses. 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 email@example.com by March 31, 2018.
Sally McKeige Research Award
In honor of Sarah “Sally” McKeige, the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society (SEFAS) is pleased to announce a one-time competitive award in the amount of $500 to a student currently enrolled in a degree granting Florida College or University. The grant money can assist the student with conducting archaeological research in southeastern Florida. A Skidmore graduate, Sally acquired a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Hunter at 60 years of age. A Founder and President of the Southeast Florida Archaeological Society (SEFAS), Sally was an avid sailor, outdoorswoman and archaeologist who worked to conserve the environment and preserve history.
Grant funds can be used to cover the costs associated with archaeological fieldwork, specialized analyses (e.g., radiocarbon dates, faunal or botanical analyses, soils analysis), 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 a letter(s) of support from faculty. For more information, or to submit your application, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2018.