77th Annual Meeting in Durham, NC (2020)

October 28 to 31, 2020
Durham, NC

We are thrilled to welcome you to Durham, North Carolina, for SEAC 2020. The conference will be held at the Durham Convention Center in downtown Durham. Durham is a vibrant, diverse, and creative southern city alive with food, arts, and culture. It was named the “Foodiest Small Town in America” in 2008 by Bon Appetit magazine and the “Tastiest Town in the South” in 2013 by Southern Living. More recently, Durham has been called the “foodie capital of the South” (New York Post), acclaimed for its “creative culinary scene” (Vogue), and crowned the “Kingdom of Cool” (Atlanta Magazine). The downtown area is home to more than 75 restaurants ranging from burger joints, bakeries, and tapas bars to a spectacular rooftop restaurant led by a James Beard Award-winning chef. Durham is known as a craft-beer lover’s paradise with more than a dozen award-winning breweries making unique beer and cider from local ingredients. It’s home to several distilleries that have created world-class gin, vodka, liqueur, and craft cocktails. Take a look behind this hip and happening restaurant scene in the documentary, Food Town USA, which chronicles a day in the life of some of Durham’s best chefs. Durham is also a hot spot for unique galleries and shops and it boasts several landmarks and historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out Discover Durham for visitor information.

Downtown Durham is located 13 miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). A taxi from the airport to hotels in the city center will cost about $35. Please read RDU’s Taxi Service page for information about pickup location and rates. Uber and Lyft are also readily available.


Conference Venue and Hotel

The meeting is being held at the Durham Convention Center located at 301 West Morgan Street in downtown Durham. Parking is available across the street at the Durham Centre Deck located on Morgan Street between Foster and Morris Streets. Check their web page for current rates.

We are pleased to offer four hotels all within walking distance of the convention center with reduced room rates ranging from $149–$199. More information and links to hotel registration can be found on the Conference Hotel page.


Conference Organizers

Margaret Scarry, Heather Lapham, and Steve Davis
Research Laboratories of Archaeology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Email: scarry@email.unc.edu, hlapham@unc.edu, and rpsdavis@unc.edu

Program Chair – Dale Hutchinson, dhutchin@email.unc.edu
Book Room Coordinator – Meredith Babb, mb@upress.ufl.edu
Book Room Coordinator – Maureen Meyers, memeyer1@olemiss.edu


More information coming soon!