MAA Annual Meeting
2017 Annual Meeting
Mississippi Archaeological Association
February 17-19, 2017
The Mill Conference Center
100 Mercantile Lane
Starkville, MS 39759
100 Mercantile St.
Starkville, MS 39759
The 2017 annual meeting of the Mississippi Archaeological Association will take place in Starkville, Mississippi, and will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures and the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University. A reception will be held at the Cobb Institute on the evening of Friday, February 17, and is currently set for 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The labs and museum at the Cobb will be open for touring during that time. Saturday, February 18 will be the day of the main meeting, to be held at The Mill Conference Center, a beautifully renovated cotton mill/fabric production facility built in 1902. The meeting will open with a brief welcoming ceremony at 8:30, followed by morning papers. The business meeting and awards ceremony will be held in the afternoon following papers. We hope to have some book vendors present during the day. The
banquet will be held Saturday evening at The Mill. Our keynote speaker will be Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Ltd. Jarrod is an expert on archaeological geophysics and has done tremendous work at many of the amazing Hopewell Culture sites in Ohio. His address will be Revealing Ancient Earthworks through Geophysics: New Discoveries at Serpent Mound, Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, and Fort Ancient. Weather permitting, there will be tours of a couple of local sites on Sunday morning, including the Mississippian-period Lyons Bluff site and the Middle Woodland-period Herman
As usual, there will be awards given for best student paper, best avocational paper, and best artifact display. One difference this year is that for a paper to be considered, it must be submitted to the MAA
officers two weeks in advance of the meeting to give them time to make an informed decision. This is true for posters or presented papers, both of which can be considered for awards. If you are interested in having your paper or poster be considered for an award, please send it as an e-mail attachment to Tony Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 3. Space will be available for artifact displays in the
main meeting room at The Mill, which will be locked when the room is not in use. A separate room will be available for posters, and participants are encouraged to think about that option. If the paper slots should fill up for Saturday, people will be encouraged to do posters instead. The Program Chair is Janet Rafferty (Rafferty@anthro.msstate.edu); anyone interested in presenting should send titles and abstracts to her via e-mail by February 3; please indicate whether you are giving a spoken paper or a poster.
We are working to setup preregistration with PayPal via this webpage and will have that available soon. Meanwhile, you may preregister by mailing your check to the MAA Secretary, Derek Anderson. Preregistration is $25.00 or $15.00 for
students. To preregister, checks should be made payable to the MAA and sent to
Derek Anderson, Cobb Institute of Archaeology, PO Box AR, Mississippi State, MS 39762. People also will be able to register at the meeting at no additional cost, but preregistration is
encouraged for planning purposes. The banquet will be around $20 per person (currently being
negotiated). You will have the option of paying by PayPal once this option has been added to the webpage, or by sending a check (again made out to
the MAA) to Kathy Elliott, Cobb Institute of Archaeology, PO Box AR, Mississippi State, MS 39762. The
banquet will be buffet style, hopefully with a vegetarian entree option (also under negotiation).
The main meeting hotel will be the Courtyard Marriott (662-338-3116), which is connected to The Mill.
This is a fairly pricey option; just across the road is the
Comfort Suites (662-324-9595)
which is more reasonable and which
includes breakfast. A block of rooms has been reserved at each of these hotels. Other options for
lodging and information on restaurants and other local amenities can be found at Starkville.org. Parking at The Mill is free at all times.
Times may be adjusted as the meeting draws near, so keep an eye on the website. We look forward to
having everyone visit us in Starkville!
MAA Annual Meeting Organizer