ASSC Annual Meeting and second call for papers

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Second call for papers

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina is pleased to Call for Papers for the 36th Annual Conference that will be held on April 9th and 10th 2010. It will be held at USC Columbia in the Business School Auditorium, Room 005. The theme for this year’s conference is Archaeological Sciences. This broad topic was chosen to allow presenters to highlight the diversity of scientific techniques and applications that underlie modern archaeology in their own research and will comprise the first session. A second general session of papers covering archaeological research findings of interest will be presented as well. We encourage and welcome members of the public and professional archaeologists working in the Carolinas or Georgia to submit papers. We recognize that many of the same questions and issues important to South Carolina’s archaeology community cross state borders in our region. 

Deadline and format for submission

We will be accepting submissions for both papers and posters through March 8, 2010. Early submission is encouraged to ensure placement on the schedule. Submissions should include the author(s), title and a brief absract. Please be sure to submit author(s) name(s) as you would like it(them) to appear on the program. The abstract should be no more than 100 words. Please send all submissions to Program Chair Jon Leader by email or call him with questions or comments at 803-576-6560.

Poster awards

Two awards will be given for the first time to the best student poster presentations. The first, $100 in cash and a plaque, will be awarded to the presentation judged “best student poster” by a panel of three judges; the second, a selection of books and a plaque, will be presented to the poster judged “first runner-up” by the panel of judges. The awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Keynote speaker

We are very pleased to have Dr. Vincas Steponaitis as our speaker this year. He will be presenting a public lecture on the evening of Friday, April 9th, and a conference paper on the 10th. Dr. Steponaitis is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as chairman of the board for the Archaeological Conservancy (2003-2007), a national nonprofit organization, and has served as president of the Society for American Archaeology (1997-1999), president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (1990-1992), editor of the scholarly journal Southeastern Archaeology (1984-1987), and on numerous other professional boards and committees. His archaeological research interests focus on the precolonial Indian cultures of the American South, the development of chiefdoms, and the analysis of ancient ceramics. In addition to numerous articles, his books include Ceramics, Chronology, and Community Patterns: An Archaeological Study at Moundville (Academic Press, 1993), and Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom (co-edited with Vernon J. Knight, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998).

Local arrangements are being handled by committee. A catered conference dinner is planned for Saturday evening after the conference ends. The meal will include a vegetarian option. The awards will be made during the meal.


Conference Registration: $10, Students/Seniors $5
Conference Dinner: $20

Checks should be made payable to the Archaeological Society of South Carolina and reference the ASSC 36th Conference in the memo area. Please send the checks to:

    ASSC Annual Conference
    ATTN: Helena Ferguson
    1321 Pendleton Street
    Columbia, SC 29208
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