75th Annual Meeting in Augusta, GA (2018)

November 14 to 17, 2018
Augusta, Georgia

We are excited to have the Southeastern Archaeological Conference return to Georgia and this year to the historic town Augusta along the banks of the scenic Savannah River. Founded by James Oglethorpe in 1735, the town was named for Princess Augusta, mother of British monarch King George III (and we all know what he lost!). Over the course of its 280-year existence, Augusta persistently has reinvented itself to preserve economic vitality.

Twenty-first century Augusta finds itself the third-largest city in Georgia, offering eclectic vintage stores, unique bars and taverns, local music venues and affordable restaurants. Additional attractions include Augusta Museum of History as the city’s oldest historical agency devoted to the presentation of local and regional history. The Morris Museum of Art is dedicated to the art of the American South. The Lucy Laney Museum of Black History promotes the legacy of Miss Lucy Craft Laney through, art, history, and the preservation of her lifetime home. The Enterprise Mill Textile Museum tells the story of industrial revolution in the American South and how Augusta used its waterways to define its destiny.

Outdoor attractions include Riverwalk Augusta along the Savannah River, and walking trails that span the length of the 1845 Augusta Canal, or even better, just cruise the historic canal on a Petersburg boat tour. Be sure to check out VisitAugusta.com for information about Augusta including downtown and regional maps. Further historical details can be found at:


Hotel and Conference Venue

The meeting venue is the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center on the Savannah River waterfront levee. For single and double occupancy, the nightly room rate is $154 (plus 14% local and state tax, $5 state transportation fee, and $1 city tourism fee) with complimentary internet throughout the hotel.

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

Conference Organizers

Karen Y. Smith and Keith Stephenson
1321 Pendleton St
Columbia, SC 29208
Email: karenyvonnesmith@gmail.com


Online meeting registration will open May 15. Registration deadline for papers and posters is August 31.

Registration until November 2
Regular Member: 100.00
Student Member: 50.00
Student Non-Member: 65.00
Non-Member: 135.00
Tribal Member: Free

Registration after November 2
Regular Member: 110.00
Student Member: 55.00
Student Non-Member: 70.00
Non-Member: 145.00
Tribal Member: Free
Guest Non-Archaeologist: 25.00 (On-site only)

Other Events

SEAC 2018 will host a Thursday late afternoon student reception as well as an evening general reception at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, a deconsecrated ca. 1897 Catholic church (www.sacredheartaugusta.org), which is perfect for the Great Spirits of SEAC; and, as we will be in the sacred-town of the Godfather of Soul, the Friday night dance will assuredly involve Funk and R&B sounds by the local Picture Perfect Band!

There will be several options for Saturday afternoon field trips including a journey-in-time across the Savannah River to the historic Edgefield District of South Carolina (www.exploreedgefield.com) where over two centuries ago the first successful production of stoneware pottery occurred in the Southeast.

More definitive information, as well as the details and costs of Saturday excursions, will be available when the conference registration opens in mid-May. Check back for more information or contact the conference organizers if you have specific questions.