Message #75:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: SWA Conference Registration Forms On-Line!
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 96 10:50:00 MST
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TOTEMIC INCREASE RITES FOR INTERNET ARCHAEOLOGY
Toward More Efficient Dissemination of the 'Big Picture' Ideas About 
Southwestern Anthropology and Archaeology

A CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 1996
PHOENIX, ARIZONA and WORLD-WIDE ON THE INTERNET

Lately, I've gone to too many meetings called by frightened people whom seem 
ready to lower their expectations regarding Anthropology and Archaeology. 
This, all in response to some perceived slight they are about to suffer 
from federal and state political and budget processes.  Enough!  As next 
Winter approaches, we're holding a conference that takes a different 
approach.

Winter is the time. Time for telling tales about the past.  A time for 
honouring ancestors and time for estimating the bounty and the work of the 
future...Here's to celebrating Spring. Here's to celebrating totemic 
increase and efficiency.

Let's examine Internet archaeology websites and web pages as if they were 
archaeological sites on a regional landsape, and, the persons or data 
inhabiting these sites as if  they were archaeological cultural groupings. 
How, where and why do these sites and their data cluster in space and time? 
What limitations do these groupings impose upon themselves?  What are their 
external constraints? Can we use the metaphor of the Internet as an 
archaeological regional landscape, then examine the spatial characteristics, 
content, and use of the Internet's artifacts to effectively understand the 
cultural behaviors under which we operate as anthropologists and 
archaeologists?  Which types of archaeological data on the Internet are most 
appropriate?  Which Internet sites (and Institutions) are more succesful in 
the long run - those which limit or those which promote increase, access and 
efficiency? What implications might such metaphors hold for our work and our 
lives in real cultural and physical environments?

Our conference announcement resides on the Internet at 
http://www.swanet.org/conference1.html.

Conference registration and Call for Papers registration forms now are 
hot-linked on the main page.  We will be adding a FAQ about the conference, 
and new details will appear as November 2nd draws closer.  The conference 
will include small workshops on how to become a geek(?),  build webpages, 
and more effectively use the Internet in the service of Anthropology and 
Archaeology.  You may now register on-line to present a paper or attend. 
Please redistribute and post this announcement.

Brian Kenny
kenny@getnet.com