2021 ANNUAL MEETING

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport

Save The Date

March 3- 6, 2022

Visalia, California

March 30- April 2, 2023

Oakland, California

2021 ANNUAL MEETING | VIRTUAL

The SCA Annual Meetings provide a platform for the sharing of data from active research in California and the regions that pertain to it, as well as the opportunity to discuss challenges to the practice of the discipline. 

The SCA is the largest state archaeology society in the USA, with a membership hovering around 1100 individuals, and annual meetings that regularly attract upwards of 800. Membership is diverse and includes students, Native American tribal members, and professional archaeologists working in CRM, academia, agencies, Tribal offices, and Museums. The sharing of data allows attendees to gain a view of the status of archaeology throughout the region. Workshops and forums focus on timely issues and provide practical as well as research-oriented skills training. SCA meetings are both intellectually stimulating and fun, and they offer ample opportunities for professional networking and socializing with a community of individuals who are interested in and have dedicated their careers to historic preservation and California archaeology.   

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology will be held Thursday, March 4, through Saturday, March 6, 2021. This will be a virtual event. Of course, the digital format means that we will not see each other in person, but we hope that you will participate as presenters and viewers of this meeting. Some of our usual events will be challenging in a virtual format, particularly the Silent Auction. Our valiant Local Arrangements Chair, John Holson, is thinking hard, so though you won’t see an option here to register for everyone’s favorite event, don’t rule it out completely. We may have updates for you later.

The SCA’s Friday morning plenary session will highlight speakers that reflect this year’s conference theme, Inside Out, Reflecting on Our Community, as well as select speakers from the 2021 Meeting. Topics will include the use of new technology to document and share our past, the integration of descendant communities in the planning, research, and reporting of archaeological projects, and the use of archaeology to reenergize and reimagine our communities. 

Chip Colwell is confirmed as our 2021 Keynote speaker. Dr. Colwell’s essays and editorials have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, among other magazines and newspapers, while his research has been covered by such outlets as the BBC, National Geographic, and Forbes. His book Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture received enthusiastic reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Science, New Scientist, and elsewhere. It has received six prizes, including the 2020 Society for Historical Archaeology James Deetz Book Award and the 2019 National Council on Public History Book Award.

2021 Early Bird. Save 10% off the registration fee when you sign up by December 16, 2020. Members only!

Register by logging on to your member’s page at scahome.org To register via USPS Mail use the form on page 7.

The registration Deadline is February 24, 2021.

Register by logging on to your member’s page at scahome.org To register via USPS Mail use the form on page 8.

Membership CategoryRegistration FeeMembership CategoryRegistration Fee
Regular$90.00Regular$100.00
Senior$54.00Senior$60.00
Student1$27.00Student1$30.00
Non-Member117.00Non-Member$130.00
Volunteer2N/AVolunteerWaived

SCA policy for the past decade-plus has been to keep registration fees as low as possible. This means that we don’t pad registration fees with snacks or swag or anything else. The same is true for membership dues–we’ve intentionally kept them very reasonable. In 2008 the regular member registration fee was $85; in 2020 it was $90. We fully recognized that the composition of our membership includes students, seniors, and field techs as well as well-compensated CRM professionals. Low rates have been offset by our generous members and underwriters, and the fact that we are frugal in our spending.

While a virtual meeting is clearly not the same as an in-person meeting, there are still substantial expenses that must be covered. In order to prevent this looking like your child’s school Zoom meeting or facetiming grandma, we have hired media professionals who will coordinate every aspect of this virtual meeting. They will control access, chat rooms, and mute buttons helping us achieve professional quality presentations. We plan on recording the Plenary session, as well as discussion forums and sessions. We encourage more sessions with discussion forums so our members can use this opportunity to learn about each other’s research and engage in meaningful dialog.

Meeting registration fees and member dues support the Society and its programs. The cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting was a big financial hit and we have no idea what to expect for the 2021Virtual Meeting. As such, we have elected to keep the 2021 fee at the 2020 rate.

FORAGING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Instructor: Robert L. Bettinger, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Davis

This workshop will introduce the theoretical foundation of foraging theory, beginning with the concept of rational choice and definition of costs and benefits. Explores application of the foraging models most amenable to application to the archaeological and ethnographic record. Participants may sign up for morning and afternoon, morning only, or afternoon only. You must have a PC to obtain full benefit. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel highly useful. Preregistration is Required.

FORA1: Foraging Theory and Practice Morning Session
March 4, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00

  • Rational choice theory
  • Foraging costs and benefits
  • Diet breadth
  • Front vs. back loaded resources

FORA2: Foraging Theory and Practice Afternoon Session
March 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00

  • Linear programming.
  • Marginal value theorem
  • Field processing
  • Technological investment (including newest, unpublished models)

ROCK1: Rock Art Conservation Management for Site Stewards and Managers
Instructor: Jeremy Freeman

March 4, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

Rock art is a resource that captures people’s attention and provides a way for modern people to relate to ancient people. However, it is also one of the most sensitive resources due to its high visibility and changing climatic conditions that threaten the stability, integrity, and aesthetic quality of the sites. In this workshop participants will learn how to identify the transformational processes affecting rock art sites. Participants will learn how to complete a condition assessment form and collect conservation management data that will provide a better understanding of the conservation needs of a rock art site. Participants will learn about preparing a conservation management plan along with intervention procedures used by professionals to help conserve rock art sites. Participants will, additionally, learn about methods used to collect conservation management data and how it can be used to make better-informed decisions by site managers. Preregistration is Required.40

ROCK2: USING 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY FOR NON-INTRUSIVE ROCK ART DOCUMENTATION
Instructor: Jeremy Freeman

March 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $25.00

Advances in technology have resulted in a metamorphosis in archaeological methods with an increasing emphasis on non-invasive, non-destructive techniques. Modern technology is allowing researchers to adapt of new analytical methods without compromising the integrity the archaeological evidence. This is particularly true in rock art research that has experienced an increased push for non-intrusive documentation. In this workshop participants will learn about some of the technologies available to researchers to document rock art non-destructively using modern technology. Participants will learn about collecting and storing data, creating high-resolution imagery and virtual 3D models, creating digital renderings of figures and panels, deducing super-positioning and sequences of figure placement, collecting objective color data, assessing chemical composition of paint, and collecting geospatial data. Preregistration is Required.

WORKSHOP: OBSI1: OBSIDIAN HYDRATION DATING WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR: ALEXANDER (SANDY) ROGERS

March 4, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

As with all chronometric techniques, obsidian hydration dating cannot be treated as a black box. The goal of this workshop is to provide insight into the theory and methods of obsidian hydration dating (OHD). It should enable the archaeologist to perform OHD analyses and the manager to ask the right questions. The workshop will cover the basic principles of obsidian hydration and the models employed in dating; how to develop an appropriate effective hydration temperature (EHT); various methods of computing a hydration rate; guidelines for data analysis; and numerous cautions. An Excel spreadsheet with numerical models for conducting an OHD analysis will be provided, and we will do some hands-on exercises. Mathematics will be kept to a minimum but cannot be avoided entirely. Some familiarity with Microsoft Excel is desirable, so please bring your laptop with Excel. Preregistration is Required.

In response to recent events at another organization’s annual meeting, the SCA Executive Board requested that the SCA Standards and Ethics Advisory Committee develop anti-harassment policy and procedures for SCA sponsored events. Policy and procedures have been developed, reviewed, and approved by the Executive Board. These documents are now posted online for review by SCA membership. A proposal to amend the Bylaws is included in the 2021 Election materials. Click the ballot box below to cast your vote.

The policy and procedures documents include:

  • SCA Meeting Safety Policy and Code of Conduct
  • SCA Code of Ethical Guidelines Bylaws Amendment
  • SCA Ban on Meeting Attendance and Expulsion Bylaws Amendment

Please take the time to review these very important documents and attend the Business Meeting to vote on their implementation. The SCA is committed to having a harassment-free environment at all SCA sponsored events.

COMPLETE BY-LAWS

SCA Bylaws Amendment 1(Membership section additions, banning, and expulsion)

SCA Bylaws Amendment 2 (Code of Ethics addition, anti-Harassment Bylaws)

SCA Meeting Safety Policy and Code of Conduct

SCA Disclosure Form- Appendix A (Onsite Reporting)

SCA Reporting Form Appendix B (Advance Reporting)

View the proposed amendments on the SCA website at https://scahome.org/about-us/professional-qualifications-standards-2/sca-anti-harassment-policy-proposal/

2020 Organized Symposium Submissions: we have reached out to organized symposia leads asking if the session will go forward in 2021. Please contact your symposium organizer for details.

2020 General Session Submissions: If you submitted a general session presentation and you wish to move it to 2021, you may do so. We will ask that you prerecord your presentation to be hosted on the meeting App. This will ease presentation scheduling and allow people to see more papers at their leisure. To refresh your 2020 submission, please follow these instructions:  

  1. Log on to your member’s page and click the title of the presentation. At the bottom of the page, click “modify presentation” then “edit presentation.” This will add a modified date to the record, so that it can be identified for 2021;
  2. send an email stating ‘2020 Presentation Resubmission’ in the subject and the title of the paper in the body of the message.
  3. The deadline to refresh your presentation is Wednesday, November 18th. If we have not received your response by the deadline the presentation will be deleted from the system.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Bird Deadline: December 16, 2020

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 23th, 2020

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 24, 2021

2021 ANNUAL MEETING

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport

Save The Date

March 3- 6, 2022

Visalia, California

March 30- April 2, 2023

Oakland, California

Preliminary Program (January)

Final Program (February)

Meeting App (February)

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING--DETAILS COMING SOON

The SCA Annual Meetings provide a platform for the sharing of data from active research in California and the regions that pertain to it, as well as the opportunity to discuss challenges to the practice of the discipline. 

The SCA is the largest state archaeology society in the USA, with a membership hovering around 1100 individuals, and annual meetings that regularly attract upwards of 800. Membership is diverse and includes students, Native American tribal members, and professional archaeologists working in CRM, academia, agencies, Tribal offices, and Museums. The sharing of data allows attendees to gain a view of the status of archaeology throughout the region. Workshops and forums focus on timely issues and provide practical as well as research oriented skills training. SCA meetings are both intellectually stimulating and fun, and they offer ample opportunities for professional networking and socializing with a community of individuals who are interested in and have dedicated their careers to historic preservation and California archaeology.  

The call for papers will go out in early October. Prepare to submit!

Preliminary Program

Final Program

Meeting App

Submissions

Travel

Vendor/Book Room

Volunteer

Hotel

Field Trips

Workshops

Keynote Speaker

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Ethics Bowl

IMPORTANT DATES

September 10, 2020

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