Call for Papers: 2016 Arkansas Archeological Society Annual Meeting
El Dorado Conference Center
September 30 – October 1, 2016

Across time and place: Archeology and community in the south central United States

Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Civil War Hub of Arkansas

Join us for a new “twist” on the Arkansas Archeological Society’s annual meeting on September 30 – October 1, 2016 in El Dorado, Arkansas. This year, in addition to accepting papers on Arkansas archeology, we are also seeking submissions from across the south central United States centered around two distinct but related themes: (1) regionality and trade; and (2) community-based archeology. With archeologists conducting research on sites that range from 10,000 years ago to the more recent past in Arkansas and the surrounding states, the organizers are seeking papers that examine processes of social interaction, regionality, and methods of working with descendants.

Theme 1: Artifacts provide information on chronology, trade, and barter, individual habits or global trade patterns, and can be “read” at the level of the feature, site, or region. For this theme, we encourage papers that examine patterns of trade interaction and a regional scale of analysis. Archeologists, across time from early prehistoric to the more recent past, have become increasingly concerned with regional analysis focusing on the interconnections between different archaeological sites in order to develop a better sense of social relations and interregional trade.

Theme 2: From Historic Cane Hill to the Society’s Training Program at Richard’s Bridge, archeologists are working with descendant communities. These descendants may live in the same communities in which we are working or they may be hundreds of miles away. For this theme, we are seeking papers that discuss how archeologists are working with community members or how community members participate in the archeological research.

And, of course, we would also encourage papers that span both themes.

To complement these themes, there will be a panel discussion on working with descendant communities. In addition, Dr. Stephen Silliman, a native Arkansan and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will be the keynote speaker of this year’s Arkansas Archeological Society meeting. Dr. Silliman is a historical archeologist who looks at the cultural continuities and changes in Native American groups as they navigated the social, political, and economic challenges of European and Euroamerican colonial activities across the North American continent from the 1600s to today. His Eastern Pequot Archaeological Field School is a collaborative Indigenous project that envisions archaeology with, for, of, and by the Eastern Pequot.

We hope you will consider participating in this exciting meeting in El Dorado, Arkansas. Deadline for the submission of papers is: August 15, 2016. Send your title and abstract to Marilyn Knapp at

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