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

Meeting Organizers

Victor Thompson, Chair
250A Baldwin Hall, Jackson St.
Athens, GA 30602-1619

Hotel Information

We are excited to offer 4 different hotels with reduced room rates ranging from $114-$142. Book fast as each hotel only has a certain number of rooms available at a reduced rate. Each hotel is within walking distance to the Classic Center. Click HERE for hotel options.

Airport Transportation

Groom transportation offers cheap roundtrip shuttle services from the Atlanta airport to Athens. Reservations are required. Please check out this link for booking information. Click HERE for Groome Transportation.

Registration and Submission

Regular member: $100
Student member: $60
Tribal member: Free
Non-member: $130
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.

pXRF Workshop at CAIS

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! Cost for members is $100, cost for students is $50, and non-members are not eligible to attend. Sign up is provided on the conference registration page.

12,000 Years in 45 Minutes: An Evening with Scott Jones

The Foundry in Downtown Athens, 5:30 -7:30pm (Buffet Served at 6:00pm). Cost $30.00

Come join us for an “Evening with Scott Jones” on Wednesday for Dinner. Scott is an archaeologist and Native American technology specialist. His talk will be a unique blend of live demonstrations, past technologies, scholarly insights and storytelling. This is an event not to be missed if you are in town early for SEAC and will be fun for all ages!

Scott is an excellent public speaker who is both entertaining and informative and through his Media Prehistoria, educates the public and archaeologists about early technology and lifeways. For more about Scott Jones visit: http://mediaprehistoria.com.

Advanced ticket purchase required. Cost $30.00 per person. Sign up is provided on the registration page.

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.

Free. No registration is required.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop

The 2016 Southeastern Archaeological Conference will host its first ever Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop in conjunction with UGA's Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) & Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center (SUERC). Dr. Tony Krus & Dr. Derek Hamilton, the ‘Chronological Modeling Team’ from Glasgow, will teach this one-day interactive workshop. Space is very limited, so sign up now to learn, apply & critically evaluate Bayesian chronological modelling of archaeological phases. This will take place Friday, October 28th from 8:00am-5:00pm.

Cost for members is $100, cost for students is $50, and non-members are not eligible to attend. Sign up is provided on the registration page.

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.

Free. No registration is required.

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.