73rd Annual Meeting in Athens, GA (2016)
Welcome to wild, wonderful, weird Athens! We are excited to have the 73rd annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference meeting in Athens, Georgia known as “The Classic City of the South”. This year the conference will be held at the Classic Center located in the heart of downtown Athens from October 26th-29th. Athens is known for its hip music scene, fantastic bars, distinctive vibe, and good (inexpensive) food. Check out http://www.visitathensga.com/ for more information on Athens.
As a supplement to the official conference webpage, you can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seac1conference
Victor Thompson, Chair
250A Baldwin Hall, Jackson St.
Athens, GA 30602-1619
Registration and Submission
Student member: $60
Tribal member: Free
Student non-member: $65
Guest non-archaeologist: $25 (On-Site Registration Only)
Please visit the Conference Registration page to sign up to present and/or register to attend the meeting in Athens. Presentation guidelines can also be found there. Deadline for abstract submittal is August 31, 2016. Advance registration will close October 20, 2016. Click HERE for registration.
Special Events Schedule
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 -- Welcome to Athens
SEAC 2016 Athens will welcome early arrivals to Athens and the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference. Here’s a chance to reunite with friends and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.
The 2016 Southeastern Archaeological Conference will host its first ever pXRF (portable X-ray fluorescence) workshop in conjunction with UGA’s CAIS (Center for Applied Isotope Studies) http://cais.uga.edu! The workshop will be a day-long experience where attendees will learn and discuss the basics of pXRF analysis of archaeological materials. The workshop will be directed toward current novice and intermediate level pXRF practitioners that would like to learn more about the method and discuss the applicability of pXRF to Southeastern Archaeology. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to attend as well as members of institutions that have recently acquired a pXRF.
Topics will include fundamental principles of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, general and instrument specific methodologies for analyzing materials, and material specific interactions with instrumentation. The workshop will be led by members of CAIS. Speakers will include: Travis Jones, a graduate research assistant at CAIS; Dr. Alice Hunt, an archaeological materials scientist and the manager of the center’s XRF laboratory; and Dr. Jeff Speakman, an archaeological scientist, XRF expert, and the director of CAIS. Attendees also will be given the chance to meet many of the center’s staff and tour the center’s facilities which are home to a wide variety of instruments dedicated to isotopic and elemental analysis for archaeological, environmental, and industrial purposes.
The workshop will be held the first day of the conference (Wednesday, October 26). The $25.00 cost of attendance will include a catered lunch and coffee from Athens’ own Jittery Joe’s Coffee Shop. Transportation will be provided from downtown Athens to the Center for Applied Isotope Studies where the workshop will be held (approx. a 3-5 min. drive).
The center is not able to provide or loan pXRFs to attendees. Though bringing a pXRF from your parent institution is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.
Space is limited to 15 participants! Sign up will be provided on the registration page. More details to come!
Thursday, 27 October 2016 -- Receptions at The Foundry
Join us on Thursday evening for the Student and General Membership Reception. We will host a student reception from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and a general membership reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Foundry. This location is a short walk from the major Athens hotels and offers lots of spaces to talk, eat, drink and listen to Athens music. http://thefoundryathens.com/
Attention all home brewers: SEAC 2016 Athens will resurrect the once-popular Great Spirits of SEAC. Bring your homemade beer, mead, and spirits to be tasted and enjoyed by all. The event will be held at The Foundry during the General Membership Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Friday, 28 October 2016 -- SEAC Dance
SEAC 2016 Athens invites you to the SEAC Dance in the Classic Center’s Atrium Hall. Come dance or just listen to the music from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Saturday, 29 October 2016 -- Saturday Evening Wind Down
Supper at Little Kings Shuffle Club, 223 West Hancock Avenue in downtown Athens from 4:00-7:00 PM.
Little Kings is archaeologist-friendly and family-friendly. (Zombies and others may want to know that the Halloween Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle forms on the streets here at ~8:30 PM that night. See http://wildrumpus.org/ for more information.) Check out Little Kings on their Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub/ Advanced ticket purchase required. Cost $25.00 per person. Sign up will be provided on the registration page.