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Florida Anthropology in the Sunshine City

St. Petersburg, Florida
May 11-13, 2018

The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education(AWIARE), and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg(USFSP) Anthropology Program, are honored to host the 70th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society. The meeting will take place on the beautiful harbor-side campus of USFSP in the University Student Center.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Walk-up Registrations for the conference presentations only, are still possible (cash or check only please) on Thursday May 10 4:30-5:30pm at Hilton Bayfront Hotel (333 1st Street SE, St. Petersburg), starting at noon on Friday, May 11 at the USFSP Student Center 1st Floor, or Saturday, May 12 8:00am-noon at the USFSP Student Center 1st Floor. [Sorry, the banquet and both field trips are sold out]


Meeting Locations: Davis Hall Room 130; or the University Student Center (USC) 2nd Floor. 
[Parking is available for $5 at the USFSP Campus Parking Garage located directly north of the USC building (across 6th Ave. S.).]

8:00am – 12:00pm FPAN Board Meeting, Davis Hall Room 130
1:00pm – 4:30pm FAS Registration, USC 1st Floor
1:00pm – 2:00pm FAC Board Meeting, USC Coral Room
1:00pm – 2:00pm Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage Board Meeting, USC Palm Room
1:30pm – 3:30pm FAS Board Meeting, Davis Hall Room 130
2:00pm – 3:00pm FAC General Meeting, USC Coral Room
2:30pm – 3:30pm GOPHR Workshop (FPAN), USC Palm Room
3:45pm – 4:45pm Legislative Forum (FAPA), Davis Hall Room 130

All at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, University Student Center (USC)

7:30am – 12:00am Registration, USC 1st Floor
8:00am – 4:00pm Vendor Displays & Book Sales, USC 2nd Floor Corridor
8:00am – 12:00pm Morning Presentations, USC 2nd Floor 
9:00am – 12:00pm Poster Session, Palm Room USC 2nd Floor
10:40am – 12:00pm Panel Discussion: Rising Seas & Sinking SitesBallroom 1 USC 2nd Floor
12:00pm – 1:00pm Chapter Rep Luncheon, USC 1st Floor
12:00pm – 1:20pm Conference Lunch Break
1:20pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Presentations, USC 2nd Floor
4:15pm – 5:00pm FAS New Board Meeting, Davis Hall Room 130

Organized Sessions: 

  • (8:ooam – noon, Ballroom 2) The TampAnthropocene: Long-term Human-Environmental Dynamics in the Tampa Bay Watershed, co-organizers – Diane Wallman, USF Dept. of Anthropology, and Christopher Hunt, USF Dept of Anthropology
  • (1:20pm – 3:40pm, Ballroom 2) The Weeden Island and Swift Creek Mounds and Ring Middens of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, co-organizers – Mike Russo and Jeffrey Shanks, National Park Service, Southeastern Archaeological Center

Panel Discussion: Saturday 10:40am – 12:00pm, Ballroom 1, USC 2nd Floor

  • Rising Seas and Sinking Sites: Planning for Archaeological Site Loss in Florida, moderators: Thomas J. Pluckhahn (USF), Ramie Gougeon (UWF); Introduction by William Lees (FPAN); Panelists: Margo Schwadron (NPS), William Stanton (FLDEP), Sarah Miller (FPAN), Mary Glowacki (FLBAR), Thomas J. Pluckhahn (USF)

GOPHR Workshop: Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm, USC Palm Room

Turning YOUR Past to YOUR Advantage

Are you interested in enabling your local government and historical society to take charge of heritage preservation in your community? The Governmental Opportunities for Preserving Heritage Resources (GOPHR) is a free program offered by FPAN designed as a series of short, flexible modules. This format allows a community to choose only the subjects that interest them. GOPHR is ideal for anybody who either wants an idea how to get started with preserving their heritage or anyone just looking for a basic understanding of these subjects.
Led by Tristan Harrenstein, FPAN North Central Region Public Archaeology Coordinator, this workshop provides a more detailed overview of the program as well as the Heritage Resource Preservation module (and the associated booklet) as an example.
Interested to attend? Please send RSVP to

FAPA Legislative Forum: Friday 3:45pm-4:45pm, Davis Hall Room 130

Florida Archaeology and Real World Politics: Will we be at the Table or on the Table?

Florida’s cultural resources continue to be threatened through political influence exercised by well -connected and moneyed artifact collectors and dealers. Why do players from a small area of Florida wag the dog when it comes to Florida’s heritage? This roundtable will discuss recent legislative developments and promote dialogue around what FAS, local chapters and individual members can and should do to preserve our archaeological resources. Hint: “All politics is local.”

Panelists: Lonnie Mann, Willett Boyer, Mary Glowacki

FAPA is the Florida Archaeological Preservation Association, a 501(c)(4) created to support legislative lobbying for the protection of archaeological sites on state-owned and managed properties. For more information about FAPA:


On the evening of Friday, May 11, conference attendees will be treated to a WELCOME RECEPTION at 3 Daughters Brewing tasting room, at 222 22nd Street South, between 6:00-8:00pm. The reception will feature food from a local favorite, The Tavern, a variety of games, and the Florida Archaeological Council’s “Stewards of Heritage” awards ceremony. Shuttle – Hilton Bayfront Hotel and 3 Daughters Brewery 5:45pm – 8:30pm


This year’s hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront located in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront district 1000 feet north of the USFSP campus. To see if there is still availability, call (727) 894-5000.


Parking permits are required to park at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Single Day Permits may be purchased in the garage at the walk-up permit machine located on the first level by the elevators. The permit machine accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard. The price of a day permit is $5 and can be used on levels 2 thru 5 in the garage.



On Saturday night, May 12th, conference attendees can enjoy a refreshing cocktail overlooking gorgeous views of Bayboro Harbor before the FAS AWARDS AND BANQUET commences at the USFSP University Student Center  The event will feature a cocktail hour from 6:00-7:00pm with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The plated dinner will be served at 7:00pm with the following options:
•Lemon Parmesan Chicken with a White Wine and Chive sauce
•Cheever Orzo and Basil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
•Halibut Saltimbocca
All entrees include roasted asparagus, rosemary roasted potatoes, rolls, a house salad, cheesecake, and coffee or tea. Additional beverage options will be available at the cash bar. (BANQUET IS NOW SOLD OUT)
The FAS Awards Ceremony and Keynote Presentation will take place following dinner.


Dr. J. Michael Francis, Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies and Professor of History at USFSP, has graciously accepted our invitation and will provide the CONFERENCE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION.

Not Even the Devil Could Read This; Rethinking Florida’s Colonial History in the Digital Age
A new initiative to create an interactive digital archive dedicated to Florida’s rich and diverse colonial past, entitled “La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas,” launched in March, 2018. Dr. Francis will discuss the project’s initial phase and its long-term aim to create an interactive database that will make Florida’s colonial history accessible to a global audience. 



City of St. Petersburg Parks Sites 

Four city parks within bustling St. Petersburg are home to some well-known and interesting archaeological remains. Join AWIARE board members and longtime FAS gurus, Bob Austin and Dave Burns, on guided tours of the Pinellas Point Mound, Maximo Beach Midden, Abercrombie Park and Kutler Mound, and Jungle Prada Mound and Midden Complex. This will be a driving tour from place to place to learn about the archaeology and changes that have shaped each site, as well as the City of St. Petersburg’s current efforts to preserve and interpret these important places. Transportation will be provided. Comfortable shoes suggested. Low to moderate walking expected. Tour buses will depart from the Conference Hotel.  [Light refreshments will be provided.]


AWIARE and Weedon Island Archaeological Site  

Join us for a guided tour at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center to view the Weedon Island canoe exhibit. The canoe is Florida’s longest pre-Columbian dugout canoe and the only one recovered from a saltwater environment. The tour will continue with a brief walk to the AWIARE research station to learn about the organization and the current research being conducted. The tour will conclude after a moderate hike to a portion of the famous Weeden Island site where AWIARE and the USFSP Anthropology program have been conducting excavations. The unearthed material suggests this midden area was occupied during the Safety Harbor period. USFSP will be working at the site beginning Spring 2018 and will have new finds to discuss. [Light refreshments will be provided.]


The Florida Anthropological Society invites the submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentations at the 70th annual meeting in St. Petersburg. We encourage submissions on a broad range of topics pertaining to Florida anthropology, archaeology, history, and other related disciplines. Paper and poster presentations will occur on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

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.

Registration and abstract submission is available on the registration form above. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018. 

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 and submit a copy of their paper by Friday, March 30, 2018. 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 12, 2018. 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,


The FAS Dorothy Moore Student Grant 

The Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) is making available $500.00 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 archaeological fieldwork, special analyses (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 a letter(s) of support from faculty. Applications for the 2018 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 Deadline is March 31, 2018.

Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award

The Chuck and Jane Wilde Archaeological Research Award is supported by the Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of two exemplar avocational archaeologists who dedicated years of their lives promoting education that prioritized the significance of South Central Florida’s cultural resources. This award is only offered to students continuing in the field of Florida archaeology and its use is limited to archaeological research costs. The award might be applied toward processing fees such as C14 dating, or toward participation in a pay as you go fieldwork opportunity, or in research materials. Sorry, this award will not be presented in 2018. 

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 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: Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2018.