2015 Annual Meeting Information

Thursday, March 12th-Sunday, March 15th, 2015, Holiday Inn/Red Lion, Redding, CA

Hotel Registration

The 2015 conference location is the dual venue of the Red Lion Hotel and the Holiday Inn Convention Center, which are located just steps away from one another. Meeting events and accommodations are at both hotels; room rates are very competitive for the Redding area, so you’ll want to book your room early to stay close to all the action!

Red Lion Hotel
1830 Hilltop Drive
Redding, California, 96002

$115 Single or Double    

To reserve a room by internet, please use the following addresswww.redlion.com/redding and enter Reference Code: SOCI0309.

To reserve by phone, call (530) 221-8700 and use Group Code SOCI0309.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the negotiated rate is February 17, 2015. Registration is open now. Space is limited, so book early!

Holiday Inn
1830 Hilltop Drive
Redding, California 96002
(559) 738-1700

$122 Single or Double

To reserve a room by internet, please use the following address: www.holidayinn.com/reddingca and enter Conference Code: SCA.

For telephone reservations: (530) 221-7500 or (800) 626-1900
The deadline to reserve rooms at the negotiated rate is February 20, 2015. Registration is open now. Space is limited, so book early!

Parking: Parking is free at both hotels.
Internet: Complimentary WiFi access in guest sleeping rooms and the lobby at both hotels.


The plenary will be held Friday morning, March 13th, 2015. This years’ speaker session will be shorter than those in the past, because we will also be presenting a few awards that are typically given at the Awards Banquet.

In the spirit of the “Beyond Boundaries” theme, we will be building a plenary session featuring papers co-authored by Native Americans and archaeologists. Our hope with this session will be to facilitate important conversations about the relationship between Native Americans and archaeologists throughout the conference. This type of collaboration will be something we have never done before for a plenary, and we sincerely hope you will be able to join us.

Reception/Silent Auction

The 2015 Silent Auction and Wine/Beer Tasting Event will be held on Friday, March 13th, at the Turtle Bay Museum. This lovely river-front museum features a recreation of a Wintu bark house, a 22,000-gallon fresh water aquarium viewed from an underwater window, and many interpretive exhibits including a river-themed lab and a room full of local historic-period artifacts. Just outside the museum, spanning the river, is the Sundial Bridge, a 700-foot-long pedestrian structure whose diagonal cables connect the world’s tallest sundial to the bridge’s glass deck.

Banquet/Keynote Speaker

The 2015 SCA Awards Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn Ballroom, Saturday night, March 14th. Following the annual presentation of awards, we will be welcoming Dr. Anthony Graesch as our keynote speaker. Using his background in archaeology from UCLA, Dr. Graesch studies and teaches urban enthoarchaeology at Connecticut College. For example, his 2012 book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, co-authored with Jeanne Arnold, explores the everyday life of 32 middle-class Californian families through their material things. He has also been featured for his inquiry of cultural materials in the New York Times article, The Way We Live: Drowning in Stuff.

Dr. Graesch’s newest study focuses on New London bar life, particularly the study of cigarettes. Between teaching at Connecticut College and serving on the board for the Institute of Field Research, we are thrilled that Dr. Graesch will be able to take time to join us Saturday night!

Dinner Options:

  • New York Steak–Char-Broiled and served with roasted baby Yukon potatoes.
  • Lasagna Roll–Filled with ricotta cheese and Italian herbs. Topped with melted cheese and marinara sauce. Set aboard spinach and mushrooms. 
  • Lemon Chicken–Chicken Breast lightly dusted in flour, seasoned and seared in olive oil, finished with a lemon glaze, served with roasted baby Yukon potatoes.

(Those with special dietary needs should contact the Business Office to request a suitable meal.)


Workshop #1: An Introduction to State and Federal Historic Preservation Legislation and Tools for Professional Archaeological Employment.

Instructors: Chris L. Shaver (Senior Archaeologist at Tierra Environmental Services) and Noelle C.S. Shaver M.A, RPA (Archaeologist U.S. Navy/NAVFAC SW)

The Cultural Resources Management (CRM) industry employs the majority of professional archaeologists in California. However, students are not typically introduced to the legal preservation mandates in their academic training that enable them to be readily competitive in the professional market. This free half-day course is offered to current students and recent graduates as an introduction to state and federal historic preservation legislation with an emphasis on the primary regulatory drivers: the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Participants will become acquainted with the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification standards, the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Resources, National Register bulletins, the Section 106 process, the CEQA guidelines, the Department of Parks of Recreation (DPR-523) forms, and general cultural resource types considered during project reviews. Class format will include lecture, group case studies, and Q&A with professional archaeologists employed in the public and private sectors.

Capacity: 20        

Cost: Free to students and recent
graduates. Thank you to sponsor 
Tierra Environmental Services.

March 12, 2015, 8:00-1:00 pm

Workshop #2: Comparative Osteology

Instructors: Samantha Schell and Lori Hager

A hands-on workshop designed to help archaeologists and monitors learn basic osteological identification methods. The workshop will use comparative material to focus on defining features, skeletal anatomies, and macrostructure of bone fragments in order to differentiate between human and non-human bone. The emphasis will be on identification of bone while in the field.

Capacity: 25

Cost: $30

March 12, 2015, 1:00-4:00 pm

Workshop #3: “Can I Touch It?”: Workflows to Create Journal-Quality Images and Interactive Graphics with 3D Scanning and Photography”

Instructors: Molly C. Fogarty—Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc., and Stephen M. D. Hennek—University of California, Santa Cruz

In this workshop try 3D modeling for yourself. Test the NextEngine Scanner and explore how to collect cloud and volumetric data. Learn workflows to create journal-quality photorealistic images and interactive graphics combining 3D scanning and photography. 

Capacity: 25

Cost: Free

March 12, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm

Workshop #4: Writing in Archaeology: What students should know from resumes to technical report building.

Instructors: Annamarie Leon Guerrero, Kate Green, Terry Joslin, Karen Reichardt, and Jay Rehor

Archaeology isn’t all about digging square holes and walking straight lines. It’s also about knowing how to build a better resume, learning how to write that grant application to obtain research funding and knowing how to write up that technical report. Writing is an essential skill to have in your toolkit, because even if you discover the find of a lifetime, no one is going to know about it unless you write about it. This workshop is geared towards students and field techs, and creates an opportunity to understand the different types of writing needed in archaeology and provides a forum to begin to develop these skills.

Capacity: 30


March 12, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm

Workshop #5: Identifying Clovis Lithics in the Desert West

Instructor: Michael F. Rondeau

This workshop is based on prior lithic technology classes emphasizing Paleoindian flaked stone as taught by Rondeau for University of Oregon summer field schools, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. 

Clovis artifacts are a part of surface lithic scatters in the desert west. Such artifacts can be identified during archaeological surface surveys and contribute important information to site significance evaluations. This workshop provides opportunities to examine and discuss replicated examples of the more common Clovis diagnostics. This hands-on workshop will provide handouts, present a brief power point introduction and encourage discussions of current knowledge and understandings regarding what is and what is not Clovis.

Capacity: 16

Cost: $40 Cost to benefit the SCA

March 12, 2015 8:00-5:00pm

Sunday Field Trips

Field Trip #1: Church Rock

Church Rock is part of a prehistoric site complex located northeast of Redding. The site is situated within ethnographic Wintu territory and it is associated with the former Wintu village of Tsarau Heril. The site contains hundreds of petroglyph elements that include bear paws, bird tracks, deer prints, and vulva-like designs as well as cupules, grooves, incised lines, and both curvilinear and rectilinear elements. A large dance house is also present. The information presented above is drawn from:

The Church Rock Petroglyph Site: Field Documentation and Preliminary Analysis. Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Frank Bock, and A. J. Bock. Redding: Occasional Papers of the Redding Museum No. 4, 1987.

Capacity: 30

Cost: $10.00

March 15, 2015, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Field Trip #2: Old Shasta

Shasta was an original 1849 gold mining settlement once called the Queen City of the North. She is now a California State Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shasta quickly became the major distribution point and commercial center for the surrounding area. The original wagon road ended at Shasta; all points beyond were pack trails. Was the diversion point for shipment by mule train west into Trinity County and north over the Scott Mountains to Yreka. In 1854, over 2,000 pack mules employed to carry loads averaging 200 lbs. each, could be seen continually coming and going through town. A major fire occurred in the business district in 1852 and another in 1853. Fearful of another fire, the business district was rebuilt with brick. Many of these buildings still exist. The name Shasta was chosen at a town street meeting in 1850 possibly for Mount Shasta which could be seen from the hills of town and was at the time, within the boundaries of Shasta County. When the railroad arrived east of Shasta in 1872 and established the town of Redding, it was the beginning of the end for Shasta. Many of the business owners moved their businesses to the new railroad town, soon residents began moving, buildings began falling to the ground from lack of care, and Shasta began its downward slide until the State purchased lots, began major restoration work, and established the park.


Capacity: 25

$3 Museum entrance fee for the courthouse. Transportation will be via carpool.

March 15, 2015, 1:00-3:00 pm

Annual Meeting Underwriters

This year Kimberly Cuevas will be leading our team to encourage businesses and corporations engaged in archaeological work in our state to demonstrate their appreciation of the efforts of the Society by making generous (tax deductible!) donations. These contributions will enable our Society to continue its good works in both the public and private sectors, in education and advocacy, representing professional archaeologists throughout California. For further information, please contact Kim at gro.emohacsnull@gnisiardnuf5102. Donations can be made on the SCA website, or sent to: SCA Business Office, 1692 Mangrove Avenue, #153, Chico, CA 95926.


Help! The success of the annual meeting and the overall health of the SCA are directly related to the participation and generosity of our members. Please consider supporting the organization by volunteering for one or more of the following:

Volunteer as staff during the Annual Meeting. Provide on-site assistance by staffing the registration desks, helping with setup and cleanup of the Silent Auction, or be a meeting-room monitor. Sign up using the form included with this packet, or online at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=dZjx5ORrqMaq9FbA7TWXQw. Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Darren Andolina at moc.liamgnull@nerradanilodna or (530) 908-6713.

Donate to the Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is an important fundraising component of the reception. The success of this event is completely dependent on the generosity of all members of our Society. Individual members and businesses are encouraged to donate any items that will help raise money for the SCA. In the past, donations have included everything from archaeology-related products and services to art, jewelry, clothing, fruit baskets, and beverages such as wine! For businesses, the Silent Auction represents a great opportunity to let all attendees know that your firm is an active, generous participant within the archaeological community. Don’t forget, your donations are tax deductible! We are asking firms that donate beer or wine to the silent auction this year also consider providing a non-alcoholic option, such as bottled water, sparkling cider, or soda, and provide a few food accompaniments to their tables such as desserts or appetizers.

Overall Silent Auction coordination will be administered by Elena Nilsson. General questions regarding the Silent Auction should be directed to Elena at moc.srunull@nosslin.anele. Questions regarding donating goods to the silent auction should be addressed to Russ Bevill at moc.srunull@lliveb.ssur. We ask that businesses, institutions, and individual members support this event, which has grown to become an Annual Meeting gala and social high-water mark. Be sure to bring your checkbook or cash so you can bid on the fine assortment of donated goods and services. Items over $100 can also be paid for via credit card. Greg Greenway is organizing the Reception refreshment donations (in cash or kind). Be sure to contact Greg at moc.loanull@anayihay to assure that you have a table to serve your favorite beverages!

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