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From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: 1997 SAA Meeting Invitation
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 96 11:14:00 MST
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From: David G. Anderson
Subject: Invitation to Participate in 1997 SAA Meeting Announcement

An Invitation to Attend the 1997 Society for American Archaeology Meetings 
Nashville, Tennessee

As the program chair for the 1997 Society for American Archaeology annual 
meetings this coming April 2-6 in Nashville, I want to take this 
opportunity, on behalf of the program committee, to personally invite your 
members, and interested readers of this list, to participate in the meeting 
though papers, workshops, forums, or other venues as they see appropriate.

The theme for the meeting, as recounted in the May SAA Bulletin (and 
reprinted below), is "Celebrating National Commitments to Archaeology." In 
1997 the National Historic Preservation Act will have been in place for 30 
years, and during that time cultural resource management, very broadly 
defined, has revolutionized archaeology in the U.S., and shaped national 
programs far beyond our borders.

It is appropriate that we as a profession celebrate, and evaluate, what has 
been accomplished, and what we have learned. Toward this end the plenary 
session Friday evening will focus on the theme, specifically the triumphs of 
various national archaeological programs. The opening session Wednesday 
evening will cover relationships between archaeologists and Native Americans 
as a result of the momentous changes that have occurred regarding national 
commitments to historic preservation over the past three decades.

Some of the most important work being done in American archaeology and 
history today is occurring through cultural resources management (CRM), and 
the SAAs are a good venue to let the world know what we have been 
accomplishing. Your participation is welcome, and encouraged.

In a closely related matter, the Archaeology and Ethnology program of the 
National Park Service will devote an issue of Common Ground (formerly 
Federal Archaeology) to the meeting theme, and we hope to release an issue 
about a month before the meeting (circulation ca. 10,000 copies).  Dave 
Andrews (the editor of Common Ground) and I envision the issue focusing on 
the triumphs of national programs, with major emphasis on accomplishments in 
various parts of the US. Interested participants should contact me ASAP to 
discuss ideas/paper topics; we will need manuscripts in hand by late fall if 
we are to mail an issue out by early March.

Here is the theme statement that appeared in the May/June SAA Bulletin:

A Theme for the 62nd Annual Meeting of the SAA in Nashville: Celebrating 
National Commitments to Archaeology

At the 1997 Nashville annual meeting we propose to celebrate the triumphs 
and accomplishments of national archaeological programs in the 
Americas--that is, work conducted, sponsored, or mandated under national 
laws and policies. These programs reflect a national interest in and 
commitment to archaeology and historic preservation by citizens and 
governments, who in turn are increasingly interested in the results of 
archaeologists' explorations into the past. The various national programs 
that have emerged in recent decades have revitalized archaeology, and have 
changed our understanding of human achievement in many areas of the world, 
and over a wide range of time periods. By the 1997 meetings, for example, 
the National Historic Preservation Act will have been in place for 30 years 
in the United States, and it and complementary legislation have resulted in 
an unprecedented expansion in archaeological knowledge. There have been 
similar results in other countries, enriching our understanding of the past 
and of the importance of archaeology in revealing humanity's common 

The program committee encourages the membership to think about this theme 
when submitting papers and sessions. Papers and symposia are encouraged that 
celebrate or critique the results of national commitments to archaeology, 
e.g., overviews of major field projects past and present; local, subregional 
and regional syntheses of work accomplished; discussions of actual or 
potential problems resulting from political use of archaeological 
information; surveys of public involvement and public education; or 
explorations of ways in which various legally mandated programs and systems 
can be improved. The program committee would particularly like to see major 
synthetic statements about what we as a profession have accomplished as a 
result of national-level commitment and support, and how the work that has 
been done has advanced our understanding of major questions of concern to 
anthropology, such as settlement or culture change, agricultural origins, 
technological organization, gender roles, etc., using the full range of data 
that have been developed. Symposia are encouraged that bring together 
scholars from different countries and areas.

In advancing this theme for the Nashville meetings, the program committee, 
of course, does NOT intend to use the theme as a basis for reducing the 
diversity of topics presented and discussed at the annual meeting. The 
purpose of having a theme is not exclusionary--rather, it is to identify a 
topic of broad importance to the field of archaeology today, and to 
encourage members to consider submitting papers or developing sessions that 
relate in some way to the theme. This is consistent with the SAA's policy of 
making the Annual Meeting a free market of ideas. The annual meeting program 
arises from the diverse interests and     accomplishments of the members, 
and the program in 1997 will continue to reflect such openness. In keeping 
with the trend of recent years, every effort will be made to incorporate the 
widest range and numbers of submissions; acceptance rates are expected to 
remain high.

Members are urged to contact the program chair, David G. Anderson 
(, or members of the committee should they have any 
comments or questions. The program committee (as presently constituted) 
includes: Jeffrey H. Altschul, Barbara Arroyo, Susan Terry Childs, John E. 
Clark, Laura Lee Junker, Allen McCartney, Mary Pohl, Kenneth E. Sassaman, 
James Savelle, Kevin E. Smith (now local arrangements chair, but an ex 
officio member thanks to his extensive early help), Bonnie Whatley Styles, 
Joe Watkins, Thomas R. Wheaton, and Anne I. Woosley.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Nashville in 1997!  Thanks for your 
attention. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions...just have 
some patience, as I travel a great deal. I will return your calls and 
postings as soon as I can!

David G. Anderson
(904) 580-3011 ext. 344

For general information about the SAA, and registration information for the 
Nashville meeting, which will be held at the Opryland Hotel from April 2-6, 
1997, please contact

Society for American Archaeology
900 Second Street NE, #12
Washington, D.C. 20002-3557
Tel:    (202) 789-8200
Fax:    (202)-789-0284