71st Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC (2014)


The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) is proud to be the organizer for the 2014 SEAC meeting. In 2013 we celebrated our 50th anniversary, and we view the 2014 conference in Greenville as the perfect venue to both look back 50 years and to look forward to another equally productive half century of doing archaeology in the state and in the Southeast. The program reflects all of the elements of Southeastern archaeology that we prize at SCIAA: prehistoric and historic archaeology, methods, theory, and public outreach.

Meeting Organizers

Charlie Cobb (cobbcr@mailbox.sc.edu), General Conference
Karen Smith (smithky2@mailbox.sc.edu), Program
Nena Rice (ricen@mailbox.sc.edu), Local Arrangements

SEAC 2014
1321 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Registration and Submissions

Please visit the Conference Registration page to sign up to present and/or register to attend the meeting in Greenville. Presentation guidelines and Vendor registration can also be found there.

Sitter’s Service

We will be providing baby sitter services for SEAC and invite you to bring the whole family to enjoy the Greenville experience, which ranges from a city zoo to a children’s museum (see Other Activities below). After the conference program has been issued and you know when your paper/poster/symposium times are, we’ll develop a schedule that will allow you to reserve time slots.

Thursday Evening Reception

Upcountry History Museum, 6-8 pm

540 Buncombe St. (just a short walk from the hotel)

The Museum has excellent permanent displays relating to the history of the South Carolina Upcountry. There are interactive exhibits that include touch screen displays, oral histories, multimedia presentations and replicated buildings. There are tentative plans to have a traveling exhibit related to “Treasure” that will coincide with SEAC. Reception features light appetizers, beer, and cash bar.

Distance to reception: less than half a mile from the hotel, an easy walk (directions included in registration packet). Shuttle transport from the hotel also will be available.

If you are still hungry after the reception, there is a large range of downtown dining spots, spanning fast-food to taverns to trendy and upscale. The hotel is surrounded by many beverage options that include brewpubs, a distillery, and coffee houses.

Friday Special Events

Friday afternoon: 5:30-6:45: SEAC business meeting in the Hotel Ballroom

Friday night: 9 pm – midnight: dance in the Hotel Ballroom

Dance to disco, R&B, rock, and New Wave (and maybe even some recent music to cater to our students) via the musical stylings of the popular Finesse Band.

Saturday Special Events


1. Textile Heritage Tour in conjunction with the Upcountry History Museum
Tour Coordinator: Don Koonce, Ferncreek Design, Inc., Greenville, SC.
Saturday, November 15, 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Assemble in the Hyatt lobby.
Registration is required, group limited to 20, no tour fee.

Greenville, South Carolina was known as the “Textile Capital of the World” by the early 1960s. With some of the nation’s largest textile mill complexes dating from the 1880s through the 1920s, Greenville’s mills eventually attracted more than 40,000 workers to weaving, spinning, and other mill-related jobs. By the 1940s, the “textile crescent” formed a semi-circle of 16 cotton mills and two dye/bleaching/processing mills all located within three miles of Main Street. The era of Greenville’s textile industry was over by the mid-1970s, but many of the mill buildings remain, and although most of the mills are currently abandoned, some are being redeveloped for new uses.

Join noted local historian, producer, and videographer, Don Koonce for an introductory lecture followed by a driving tour that covers 12 mill towns in the “textile crescent.” You’ll never see Greenville the same way after you explore the intriguing stories of these mills, their owners, and the villages that surrounded them.

2. Archaeology Field Day at Croft Park, one mile from the hotel at 116 Croft St. The program by the Archaeological Society of South Carolina includes flintknapping, re-enactors, displays, craftworking, traditional dance. 9 am – 5 pm Cost: Free. If you take the trolley north to the end of the line at the intersection of Main and Earle Streets and disembark there, Croft Park is two blocks to the northwest.

3. On your own. Greenville has plenty of diverse entertainment for the entire family, much of it within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel. Here are our recommendations for just a few of the many possibilities:

• The Childrens’ Museum (www.tcmgreenvillesc.org). At 80,000 square feet, this is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country. The Museum is only a few blocks from the hotel and features 19 interactive exhibit galleries. 300 College St.

• The Greenville County Museum of Art (www.gcma.org). Also a few blocks from the hotel, the Museum of Art has an impressively wide collection of modern art. Among its many holdings, it has the world’s largest collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, as well as a major body of work by Jasper Johns. 420 College St.

• Greenville Zoo (www.greenvillezoo.com). This popular zoo is located at 150 Cleveland Park Drive, about 1.25 miles from the hotel. It is within Cleveland Park, a popular spot for hiking.

• Falls Park on the Reedy (www.fallspark.com). One of the centerpieces of downtown Greenville. The park consists of frontage on both sides of the Reedy River and features a waterfall, a great trail system, and a stunning pedestrian bridge over the river. Only about ½ mile south of the hotel. Easily walkable and also accessible by city trolley.


Saturday evening we’ll have a dinner at the hotel. For those wanting a last taste of Carolina cuisine, the meal will feature a Low Country boil, a regional coastal specialty consisting of clams, shrimp, andouille, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dinner will also include a salad, skillet bronzed chicken, vegetables, and dessert. Vegetarian alternatives available. Cost $36. Dinner will be accompanied by live bluegrass.

Great Spirits of SEAC will be revived this year. The Great Spirits competition will be held on Saturday evening in conjunction with the SEAC dinner. Samples of contributed spirits will be provided for tasting and members can vote for their favorite brew. Please contact Christopher Moore (cmoore@srarp.org) if you would like to participate by contributing a few bottles of your finest homebrew (e.g., wine, beer, mead).