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ANNUAL MEETING

2021 ANNUAL MEETING

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport

Save The Date

March 3- 6, 2022

Visalia, California

March 30- April 2, 2023

Oakland, California

2023 ANNUAL MEETING | MARCH 16 - 19, 2023

CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE PAST

The meeting will kick off on Friday morning March 17    The meeting will kick off on Friday morning, March 17, with the President’s Plenary. The SCA’s mission statement says the organization is dedicated to the research, understanding, interpretation, and conservation of the heritage of California, but what does that mean in practice? We spend lots of time on fieldwork and writing reports, but how much of that actually gets beyond the gray literature out to a larger audience? If we truly want to build appreciation for the heritage of California, we need to engage with the general public to explain how archaeology is more than “being Indiana Jones” or finding gold. The last several national presidential elections have resulted in shifts in federal policies that have had major implications for cultural resources. Building interest in archaeology has the potential to carry forward into building political support for preservation. But how does the average archaeologist connect with audiences? The plenary session brings together those with skills in connecting with varied audiences, from children to racial minorities to differently abled people. The speakers will share stories of how they connect to lay audiences to build appreciation for California’s heritage. Hopefully their examples will inspire SCA members to expand their own interpretation efforts and tap into their creativity.

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 meeting will kick off on Friday morning, March 17, with the President’s Plenary. The SCA’s mission statement says the organization is dedicated to the research, understanding, interpretation, and conservation of the heritage of California, but what does that mean in practice? We spend lots of time on fieldwork and writing reports, but how much of that actually gets beyond the gray literature out to a larger audience? If we truly want to build appreciation for the heritage of California, we need to engage with the general public to explain how archaeology is more than “being Indiana Jones” or finding gold. The last several national presidential elections have resulted in shifts in federal policies that have had major implications for cultural resources. Building interest in archaeology has the potential to carry forward into building political support for preservation. But how does the average archaeologist connect with audiences? The plenary session brings together those with skills in connecting with varied audiences, from children to racial minorities to differently abled people. The speakers will share stories of how they connect to lay audiences to build appreciation for California’s heritage. Hopefully their examples will inspire SCA members to expand their own interpretation efforts and tap into their creativity.

2023 Early Bird. Save 10% off the registration fee when you bundle the annual meeting, silent auction and banquet together, by December 16, 2022. Members only!

Register by logging on to your member’s page at scahome.org

The regular registration Deadline is February 16, 2023.

Register by logging on to your member’s page at scahome.org 

Membership CategoryRegistration FeeMembership CategoryRegistration Fee
Regular$270.00Regular$110.00
Senior$235.00Senior$65.00
Student1$220.00Student1$50.00
Non-MemberN/ANon-Member$135.00
Volunteer2N/AVolunteerWaived

HOTEL REGISTRATION
The 2023 conference location is the Oakland Convention Center, with our negotiated room block at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Government rates may be available at individual hotels, please contact the hotel directly.

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 
$179 USD per night
Book DIRECT with the Marriott and be sure to use correct check in and out dates* https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1663341666925&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Phone: +1 510-451-4000
*rates available from Sunday, March 12, 2023 – Monday, March 20, 2023 The last day to book at the negotiated rate is Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Airport Transportation
The Oakland Marriott City Center is located ~8 miles from the Oakland Airport and 26 miles from the San Francisco Airport. There are several options to get from the airport to the hotel, Rome2Rio shows six options and their costs.

 

OSTE1: Introduction to Comparative Osteology: Samantha Schell & Sophie Minnig

March 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AND repeated 1:00pm – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

Encountering human or non-human bone in the field is something many of us experience. This hands-on workshop is designed to help archaeologists and monitors get acquainted with basic osteological identification methods. The workshop will use comparative materials to focus on identifying human versus non-human bone. This course is a basic introduction to the skeleton and features that can be useful for differentiating human from other mammal bone. Pre-registration is required.

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 bring laptop to obtain full benefit. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel highly useful. Preregistration is Required.

FORA1: Foraging Theory and Practice Morning Session
March 16, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

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

FORA2: Foraging Theory and Practice Afternoon Session
March 16, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

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

MAR1: Underwater Cultural Heritage Resources Awareness
Instructor: Trisha Dodd

March 16, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

Cultural resource managers, land managers, and archaeologists are often tasked with managing, interpreting, and reviewing archaeological assessments for submerged cultural resources. This workshop is designed to introduce non specialists to issues specific to underwater archaeology. Participants will learn about different types of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) sites and the techniques used in Phase I and II equivalent surveys. Participants will also be made aware of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage. This workshop is not intended to teach participants how to do underwater archaeology but will introduce different investigative techniques, international best practices, and existing legislation. The purpose of this workshop is to assist non-specialists in recognizing the potential for UCH resources in their areas of impact, budgeting for UCH resource investigations, reviewing UCH resource assessments, developing interpretive strategies, and providing sufficient background information to assist in making informed decisions regarding UCH resources.
I. Introduction and Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology/CMAC Welcome
II. Introduction to Maritime Archaeology
III. U.S and California Legislation
IV. Introduction to Underwater Survey
V. Qualifications and Reporting
VI. Interpretation, Outreach, and Advocational Efforts

Instructors: Dustin Swenson, Tony Overly, Monica Strauss, and Sara Dietler

March 16, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 P.m. Cost: $30.00

In the face of rapid growth and infrastructure development expected in the next several years, archaeological monitoring will be a vital compliance tool to ensure adequate site protection. This workshop provides a broad overview of the construction compliance workspace to understand the different aspects of complex, multi-subcontractor construction projects and how archaeological monitoring fits into the general compliance framework. It is intended to be equally valuable for entry-level monitors and others with construction project experience. The workshop is not a technical “how to identify archaeological features in the field” but rather covers practical solutions and problem-solving for field personnel in typical compliance situations through formal presentations, real world scenarios, and group discussion. ESA archaeologists and environmental compliance experts will guide you through how archaeological monitoring is used within the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Additional topics include what kinds of communication can be expected on construction sites, what challenges or hazards may be encountered, and how archaeological monitoring fills an integral role and last line of defense of resource protection. Pre-registration is required.

WORKSHOP: OBSI1: Obsidian Hydration Dating Workshop
INSTRUCTOR: ALEXANDER (SANDY) ROGERS, MA, MS, RPA

March 16, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $40.00

The goal of this workshop is to provide insight into the theory and methods of obsidian hydration dating (OHD). It should help enable the archaeologist to perform OHD analyses, and enable 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. Mathematics will be kept to a minimum, but cannot be avoided entirely. Electronic copies of key references will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

WORKSHOP: PLA1: HISTORIC PLASTICS IN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD
INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly Wooten and Julia Huddleson

March 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cost: $30.00
As ubiquitous as plastic may seem in the archaeological record, plastic artifacts are quickly moving into the period of historic significance. A basic understanding of this material type will be increasingly important for recording and evaluating archaeological sites. This workshop will give an overview of the history and development of plastics, followed by hands-on training with plastic artifacts from the early 1900s through to the modern era with a focus on domestic sites. In many ways plastic can be seen as a hallmark of the Anthropocene, and the last 30 minutes will be a guided discussion of contemporary plastic archaeology, with time focused on individual solutions to the current plastic pollution crisis. A thumb drive of plastic reference materials will be included with the workshop fee.

ETHICS BOWL

The SCA will hold the second annual Ethics Bowl competition at the upcoming annual meeting in Oakland. Organized similarly to the SAA Ethics Bowl, which has been held at their annual meetings for several years now, teams of 3-5 graduate and/or undergraduate students from various universities and colleges will compete against each other in a series of rounds. The winning team moves on to the next round until there is a final winning team. The winning team takes home a traveling trophy to display in the department for the next year and their team/school name is engraved onto the trophy. Additional prizes will be awarded to winning team members. Full description HERE

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/

 

Important Dates

PAPER/POSTER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 27, 2022

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION  DEADLINE: DECEMBER 16, 2022

CONFERENCE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 16, 2023

MARRIOTT HOTEL DISCOUNT REGISTRATION: MARCH 8, 2023

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)

Register

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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