November 6-10 2013
Tampa, Florida

Meeting organizers: Nancy White ( and Lee Hutchinson (

Meeting venue is the Westin Harbour Island Hotel. For single, double, and triple rooms the rate will be $149 (plus tax), with complimentary internet in the rooms; parking will be $10/day (self) or $15/day (valet). The hotel is on the water downtown, at 725 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602, tel 813-229-5000



ON-SITE REGISTRATION fees at the meeting ARE $10 more than the above-listed cost in each category.

  • Regular member $90
  • Student member $60
  • Student non-member $70
  • Non-member $105


In 2013 we celebrate “Viva Florida,” the 500th anniversary of the earliest-documented arrival of the Spanish to our state (and indeed to what is now the U.S.), led by Ponce de Leon. However the program will include all aspects of archaeology in the Southeastern U.S., including prehistoric and historic archaeology, methods, theory, and public archaeology.

Paper presentations are 17 to 20 minutes long. Consider leaving a few minutes at the end for questions. Click here for further information for presenters. For visuals with your oral presentation, organize a PowerPoint file to send/give to your session/symposium chair to load on his/her laptop well ahead of time. Click here for PowerPoint pointers. Other visual aids can range from film clips (also on your PowerPoint) to paper handouts.

Symposium and session chairs must supply a laptop computer loaded with Microsoft Office PowerPoint software, and obtain participants’ powerpoint programs well in advance of the schedule session time. YOUR LAPTOP MUST HAVE A VGA CONNECTOR; if you have a MAC, contact meeting organizers asap so we can get an adaptor

Posters, whether individual or as part of a symposium, should be no more than 3.5 ft horizontally and up to 4 ft vertically. We must fit 2 posters each on both sides of 8-foot wide posterboards that we provide for you to pin up your poster. Click here for tips on organizing and producing your poster.

You must be a SEAC member with dues paid for 2013 to present a paper or poster, with exceptions for other specialists/guests who may be coauthors. Please contact the organizers to request any exception from this rule. If your dues are not paid, you will need to pay a non-member rate to register on-site.

Student Participation and Paper Competition

Students are encouraged to attend and participate in the annual meeting in several ways. They can enter the SEAC 2013 Student Paper Competition, for which the prizes are among the richest in the field. First place wins a large pile of publications and other items whose total value is several thousand dollars. Second-place prize is lifetime SEAC membership and back issues of the SEAC journal, Southeastern Archaeology. Student papers submitted for this competition must be sent in their final form to the student paper committee by 27 September. See details on Student Paper Competition Flyer.

A student reception will take place Thursday afternoon; students from different schools can meet and interact with peers from other places and with possible employers/donors who support student activity. Free beer and snacks for students and donors.


Thursday evening reception, 6-8 pm
Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St.
Museum will have a special exhibit of old Florida maps. Reception features light appetizers and sangria, catered by the Columbia Cafe (Florida’s oldest; est. 1905), famous for Spanish cuisine

Distance to reception: 750 m, walk from hotel (directions included in registration packet). Shuttle transport available; please let organizers know in advance if you need it.


After the reception, consider staying around for dinner downstairs on the water at the main Columbia restaurant, or investigate many fine downtown dining spots (click here for list of restaurants with directions and details).

Friday afternoon: 5:30-6:45
SEAC business meeting, business, awards, jokes, cash bar; hotel ballroom.

Friday night: 9 pm – midnight: dance
hotel ballroom, with (back by popular demand) theme of “tacky tourist party”; plan to bring appropriate attire (if it even differs from your regular archaeological apparel and accessories!) to achieve good material representation of that concept. Some prizes will be awarded for best representations of the socio-economic phenomenon of tourism and the ideological materiality of tackiness. Dance band, cash bar, pink flamingos, bar snacks.

Saturday afternoon activities


1. Crystal River Mounds State Park, 3400 N Musuem Point, Crystal River, FL 34428

Cost: $30. Bus trip (1.5 hr one-way) leaving hotel at noon, includes box lunch (sandwich [ham, turkey, cuban, tuna], chips, fruit, drink), tour led by archaeologist Brent Weisman. Board bus at 11:45 at hotel front. Return by 6 pm. Limited to 55 people.

2. Historic Ybor City Walking Tour, National Historic Landmark District, Latin quarter -- Cuban/Spanish/Italian, historic cigar factories, organized labor (also great restaurants and shopping).
Cost: free but by reservation, take streetcar free with conference registration (you could drive but parking is very limited). Distance to streetcar stop north of hotel [Southern Transportation Plaza]: 350 m. Tour led by Jeff Moates, Florida Public Archaeology Network Central and West Central regions director. Meet at noon at hotel front door to walk with Jeff to streetcar (or take it on your own east to Centennial Park [end of line]), arrive 12:20 at Ybor City where you can pick a spot for lunch, reassemble at Centennial Park for tour from 2-4 pm. Before or after tour you can go to the public archaeology day program in the park as well.

3. Public Archaeology Day at Centennial Park, across street from Ybor City Museum; program by Florida Public Archaeology Network Central and West Central office, includes flintknapping, re-enactors, displays, craftworking, handouts. 11 am – 2 pm Cost: Free, take streetcar, free with conference nametag (you can drive but parking is very limited). Distance to streetcar stop north of hotel [Southern Transportation Plaza]: 350 m. Go on streetcar to end of line, Centennial Park. You may want to see the museum on your own also.

4. Freeform Activities: PLACES TO VISIT SAT AFTERNOON ON YOUR OWN. Click here for list of fun activities.

Saturday evening dinner, 6-9 pm
SS American Victory ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Fl 33602, 813.228.8766,
a World War II ship and mariners museum featuring artifacts and exhibits, period music, traditional Cuban/Spanish food (pulled pork, black beans, yellow rice, Cuban bread, Spanish salad, flan [caramel custard], drinks including coffee, iced tea, beer, wine.)
Cost: $39
Distance from hotel: ca. 1250 m; walkable or take streetcar (free with conference nametag) to Aquarium stop, no. 7 (streetcar runs every 20 minutes until 2 am). Distance to streetcar stop north of hotel [Southern Transportation Plaza]: 350 m. There is no parking close to the ship but parking is available not too far away (for a fee) at Port of Tampa/Channelside Parking Garage.

Other possible activities for Saturday and beyond

Since Monday 11 November is the Veterans Day holiday, consider planning a Florida mini-vacation with the family. You might include places noted above and other Florida “attractions.” Busch Gardens is in Tampa. We don’t need to tell you about Disney and the mass of other things near Orlando (though “Medieval Times” has really great horses, dressage, and grog; we shudder to mention Legoland in Winter Park) though it has a fine art museum and history museum. You can get details of these things online, but click herefor a list of worthwhile sights/sites and activities in the closer Tampa Bay area.