76th Annual Meeting in Jackson, MS (2019)

76TH ANNUAL MEETING
November 6 to 9, 2019
Jackson, MS

The 2019 annual meeting will bring SEAC back to the Magnolia State for a third time, with this being its second time in Jackson (1991). Jackson was established in 1821 when the state capitol was moved from Natchez to a more central location on the Pearl River. The new city was named after then-Major General Andrew Jackson. It was captured twice by Grant’s army during the Vicksburg Campaign, and it earned the moniker “Chimneyville” after it was burned twice under the direction of W.T. Sherman. His second burning left it a “mass of charred ruins,” sparing only the Governor’s Mansion and what is now the Old Capitol. The Old Capitol was replaced in 1903 and is now maintained as a museum by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

MDAH recently opened two world-class museums, and we will hold our Thursday night reception in the atrium shared by the nationally acclaimed Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. In addition to food and drink, attendees will be free to explore museum exhibits covering all aspects of Mississippi’s past. The city also boasts a variety of shopping options ranging from the Old House Depot, an architectural salvage store, to Forestry Suppliers, the go-to source for Marshaltown, Oakfield and other field equipment, with a show room where you can buy overstock from their catalogue sales.

There will be child care.

Hotel and Conference Venue

The meeting hotel is the Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite Street). The Marriott is located in the heart of downtown Jackson within walking distance of the old and new capitols as well as restaurants, bars, and food trucks. For single and double occupancy, the nightly room rate is $139 (plus 11% local and state tax, plus $0.75 occupancy tax). The cutoff date for this rate is October 16. Room reservations can be made by phone (601-969-5100). Be sure to let them know that you are with the Southeastern Archaeological Conference when placing reservations.

More information and links to hotel registration can be found on the Conference Hotel page.

Conference Organizers

Jay Johnson, Maureen Meyers (Book Room Organizer), and Tony Boudreaux (Program Chair)
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Email: sajay@olemiss.edu

Registration

Online meeting registration will open June 1. Registration deadline for papers and posters is August 31.

Registration until October 28
Regular Member: 100.00
Student Member: 50.00
Student Non-Member: 65.00
Non-Member: 135.00
Tribal Member: Free

Registration after October 28
Regular Member: 110.00
Student Member: 55.00
Student Non-Member: 75.00
Non-Member: 145.00
Tribal Member: Free
Guest Non-Archaeologist: 25.00

To register, visit the Meeting Registration page.

Wednesday Afternoon Workshop

Navigating NEPA, Section 106, and Consultation: Examining and Discussing Case Studies, Successes and Struggles

Organizers: John Underwood, Karen Brunso, and Jodi Jacobson

Conversations about NEPA and Section 106 compliance attract a variety of interest groups and typically involve multiple state and federal agencies and Tribes, each serving a common goal of being stewards of the past. With this panel, we will bring together a range of perspectives, including tribal representatives, state and federal officials, and university affiliates. Conversation will center on several topics, including definitions of compliance and reasonable and good faith efforts, stewardship and ways to facilitate it, successful communication strategies, how our perspectives can change through time and experience, and other matters of community collaboration. A question and answer panel format will afford the opportunity for open conversation between all audience members and panel participants.

Contact John Underwood (junderwood@mdah.ms.gov) for details and registration

Thursday Evening Reception

We will hold our Thursday night reception in the atrium shared by the nationally acclaimed Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. In addition to food and drink, attendees will be free to explore museum exhibits covering all aspects of Mississippi’s past.

Friday Evening Dance

The Friday night dance will feature The Pool who have played for us before, most recently in 2001 in Chattanooga.

Saturday Options

Mound Tour

Sam Brookes will reprise the Delta mound tour led by Steve Williams when SEAC met in Jackson in 1991. We’re all a little older now but the mounds are about the same. Lake George, one of the stops on the tour, is a complex of large conical and platform mounds, surrounded by a ditch and berm. You’ve read the book, now see the site! The tour will leave at 12:30 pm and will include lunch.

Blues Tour

Scott Baretta will conduct a blues tour of the Jackson area, He is the host of the Highway 61 radio show, writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, former editor of Living Blues magazine, and author of Mississippi: State of the Blues. The tour will leave at 12:30 pm and will include lunch.