2018 Meeting Information and Registration Materials

Thank you for visiting the 2018 Annual Meeting page. The pre-registration period is closed. On-site registration begins Thursday, March 8th, at 1:00 pm.
Thursday, March 8th-Sunday, March 11th, 2018

San Diego Crowne Plaza Hotel

Table of Contents

Hotel Registration
Airport Transportation
Venue and Events
Silent Auction Fundraiser
Banquet/Keynote Speaker
Dinner Options


Workshop #1: Obsidian Hydration Dating Workshop
Workshop #2: Underwater Cultural Heritage Resources Awareness Workshop
Workshop #3: Introduction to Comparative Osteology
Workshop #4: Advanced Human Osteology

Field Trip and Public Event

Tour of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park from an Archaeologist’s Perspective
Public Lecture

Student Events

Let’s Do Lunch
Student Mixer

Introducing the Society for California Archaeology Games!
Support the Meeting!

Annual Meeting Underwriters
Volunteer to Work at the Meeting
Donate to the Auction Fundraiser!

Meeting Contacts

2018 Registration Instructions and Fee Schedule

Early Bird Package  – The Deadline is December 18, 2017
Pre-registration – The Deadline is February 16, 2018

Meeting Forms

2018 Book Room Vendor Form
2018 Annual Meeting Volunteer Form
2018 Silent Auction Beverage Donor Form
2018 Program Advertisement Form
2018 Silent Auction Donation Form
2018 Annual Meeting Underwriting Form

Hotel Registration

The 2018 conference location is the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in San Diego’s Mission Valley.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108

Single, Double, Triple or Quad $148

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • $13 daily parking

To reserve a room via the Internet, go to SCA’s personalized webpage at

To reserve by phone, call 1-866-257-7930. Use group code “SCA” or simply give them the name “Society for California Archaeology” to receive the negotiated rate. Central reservations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The last day to make reservations at the group rate is February 15, 2018.

Airport Transportation

The Crowne Plaza is located approximately six miles north of San Diego International Airport.
Shuttles are available from Super Shuttle starting at ~$14.
Estimated Uber rates: POOL: $14-18 (~3 min away); uberX: $13-16 (~3 min away)

2018 Venue and Events

San Diego has something to offer everyone. In close proximity to beaches, mountains, and the desert, visitors can relax on the beach, hike in surreal nature, or explore one of many museums. Pacific Beach or Ocean Beach are the closest beaches to the venue. Both are surrounded by lovely neighborhoods with restaurants, bars, and shops. A visit to either is a great way to spend a day or afternoon. If you enjoy hiking, try Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Cowles Mountain, Mission Trails, or Cabrillo National Monument. If you want to venture a bit more inland, visit Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, or Iron Mountain. San Diego has tons of museums and historic sites. Balboa Park is a favorite spot to take in some culture, and features about 17 museums surrounded by green space and lush gardens. Most buildings were constructed in the Spanish style for either the 1915-16 or the 1935-36 Panama-California expositions. The historic neighborhoods surrounding Balboa Park each have their own unique characteristics and charm. After spending the day in Balboa Park, make sure to venture to the up-and-coming North Park neighborhood for some tasty cuisine and craft beer. Many breweries can be found here. Other historic hot spots include the infamous Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Liberty Station, and Coronado. Within San Diego County, a visit to the San Diego Archaeological Center or the Barona Cultural Center is also recommended. Of course, no San Diego tourist guide would be complete without a mention of the San Diego Zoo- it is world famous after all. The zoo is located on a 100-acre property in Balboa Park and contains more than 300 animal species. Not only are the animals entertaining, but it is a beautiful walking spot.

For the foodies and craft beer drinkers, San Diego offers plenty to satisfy your appetite! Many neighborhoods, such as Little Italy, Hillcrest, and Downtown, are renowned for their cuisine. Some recommendations include Rocky’s Crown Pub (for the best burger–cash only!), the Smoking Goat, Urban Solace, Buona Forchetta, Blind Lady Ale House, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Café 21, Soda & Swine, Great Maple, Puesto, and Costa Brava. For beer lovers, around San Diego proper, you can find Ballast Point in Little Italy, Stone Brewery in Liberty Station, Mike Hess in North Park, and South Park Brewing Company in South Park. Further afield, you can visit “Beeramar” in the Miramar neighborhood. This area has top local breweries including Alesmith, Green Flash, Saint Archer, and Ballast Point.  San Diego’s slogan is “America’s Finest City” and it surely will not disappoint!

Plenary Session

The Plenary session will be in two parts. Part one will be a celebration of the diversity found historically within California.  Presentations on lesser-represented cultural groups will be highlighted as examples of the multi-cultural components of the history of California and the dream of success that compelled and continues to compel many different people from around the globe to come to the Golden State in search of the California Dream.

The second part of the Plenary will focus on new ideas in archaeology, primarily a new program promoted by Micah Hale that proposes to make use of cultural resources mitigation banking and funding. Customized cultural resources mitigation banking is emerging as a solution to resolve conflicts regarding resource treatment. Mitigation banking can provide acceptable solutions to problems ranging from project implementation infractions to disagreements among agencies, Tribes, and archaeologists about the disposition of archaeological collections. The San Diego Archaeological Center (SDAC) developed a customizable mitigation bank that is fund-driven and agency-controlled. It serves as a good starting point for discourse on the complex problems facing cultural resource management today.

Reception/Silent Auction Fundraiser

The night of Friday, March 9th, is the ever-popular Silent Auction event. We’re staying onsite once again in 2018 to avoid long bus rides, accommodate more folks, and provide more seating. This event is popular for good reason. Get your tickets early as this event sells out every year!

Awards Banquet/Keynote Speaker

The Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 10th. Our Keynote Speaker for this event is Professor Thomas Strasser, who will discuss his recent discoveries of Palaeolithic tools and art on the island of Crete. His exploration demonstrates that hominins were seafarers far earlier than previously known (ca. >130,000). This breaks time-honored paradigms of island biogeography long accepted by archaeologists, and reveals precocious hominin cognitive abilities. In addition, he has recently analyzed enigmatic rock carvings in western Crete to demonstrate that they are Paleolithic, and thereby the oldest figural art on Crete and in Greece.

Dr. Strasser earned his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Indiana University in 1992. He specializes in Greek archaeology, with special reference to Minoan (Cretan) prehistory. He has participated on excavations and other field projects in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for more than twenty years. After teaching in Turkey, at Dartmouth College, and California State University in Sacramento, in 2005 he joined Providence College in Rhode Island.

Dinner Options:

  • Grilled New York Steak Topped with Caramelized Onions & Wild Mushroom Ragout
  • Mahi Mahi Macadamia —With Mango Beurre Blanc and Herbed Rice Pilaf
  • Quinoa Pilaf— Balsamic Garlic Drizzle, Herb Grilled Vegetables
    (Vegan; Gluten and Dairy Free) 

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


Please be aware that all workshops are scheduled for Thursday, March 9th, 2018 and are presented concurrently. Don’t double Book!

Thursday Morning Thursday Afternoon
#1: Obsidian Hydration Dating Workshop #2: Underwater Cultural Heritage Resources
#3: Introduction to Comparative Osteology #4: Advanced Human Osteology

Workshop #1: Obsidian Hydration Dating Workshop

Instructors: Alexander (Sandy) Rogers, Maturango Museum and Kara Jones, CSU Bakersfield

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 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, 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.

Maximum enrollment: 25 8:00 am
- 12:00 pm Cost: $40.00
Workshop #2: Underwater Cultural Heritage Resources Awareness Workshop

Presented by: The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology
Instructors: Dave Ball, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Tricia Dodds, California State Parks; Amy Gusick, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; and Marco Meniketti, San Jose State University

  1. Introduction to Underwater Archaeology
    1. UNESCO and International Best Practices
    2. Underwater Cultural Heritage in the United States
    3. The Perspective from California
  2. Introduction to Underwater Survey
  3. Qualifications and Reporting
  4. Introduction to Conservation, Interpretation, and Outreach

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. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit is available for Registered Professional Archaeologists.

Maximum enrollment: 25 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Cost: $30
Workshop #3: Introduction to Comparative Osteology

Instructor: Melanie Beasley

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.

Maximum enrollment: 25 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Cost: $40.00

Workshop #4: Advanced Human Osteology

Instructor: Melanie Beasley

Often we encounter human bone in the field and it is the only opportunity to capture information to contribute to the analysis and interpretation of human remains. This hands-on workshop is designed to help archaeologists and monitors recognize the key features to distinguish sex, age, ancestry, and distinguishing life history features. This workshop is not intended as a substitute for consulting with a biological anthropologist for the analysis of remains, but rather to equip archaeologists to recover and recognize information that is important for skeletal analysis that is sometimes lost after remains are removed from the field context. Emphasis will be placed on what information can be gained from highly fragmented human remains.

Maximum enrollment: 25 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cost: $40.00

Field Trip

Tour of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park from an Archaeologist’s Perspective

Sunday, March 11, 2017

Join Michael Sampson, Center for Research in Traditional Culture of the Americas, on a two-hour tour and learn about the history and archaeology of Old Town. The tour will visit the museums at Casa de Estudillo (National Historic Landmark), Machado y Stewart Home, James McCoy House, and Seeley Stables. We will also take a walk around the historic plaza, look at the Machado-Silvas house site, learn about the archaeological investigations conducted for the reconstruction of the Robinson-Rose building and the James McCoy House, and the archaeological work for the Hotel Cosmopolitan/Casa de Bandini restoration.  If people want to linger after the tour, there are plenty of historic places to dine and drink. Limited to 25 participants. Donations to Boosters of Old Town to benefit interpretation of cultural resources at the park will be accepted. Meet at the Registration desk at 12:45.

Maximum enrollment: 25 1:00 pm Cost: $10.00

Public Lecture

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 pm

Professor Keith H. Meldahl will present his research on the largest overland migration in America, which was sparked by the California gold rush. He visited important sites on the California Trail, and he describes how geography, the environment, and expectations affected the emigrants’ experiences.

Dr. Meldahl is a professor at Mira Costa College where he teaches geology and oceanography. His book, Hard Road West (2007), uses historical and archaeological evidence, contemporary diaries, and insightful descriptions of the landscape to illustrate the hardships that people faced in the overland journey from Missouri to California.

The migrant experiences from the gold rush had profound effects in California. This public event is an opportunity to better understand some of the forces that have shaped our society today. And you will learn that this was an exciting, and treacherous, time. This is a free event.

Student Events

Let’s Do Lunch

Let’s Do Lunch pairs students with more senior members for lunch, providing students an opportunity to meet an archaeological professional and ask them questions about getting a job, building a resume, or getting into graduate school. Pairing people at random gives students a chance to meet professionals that they might not otherwise meet at the meeting. This also gives the senior members of our society a chance to mentor the next generation of California archaeologists and pass along knowledge about how to be successful in the field.
Saturday, March 10th at 12:00 pm (meet in the meeting registration area at 11:45 am). The SCA will arrange for a venue for the luncheon. The regular member is asked to “treat” the student member by buying them lunch. While regular members will be paired with a single student, the venue will likely seat multiple pairs together, so there will be the chance for students to chat with more than one professional.

This is a wonderful event, so please check the box in your registration packet to participate in Let’s Do Lunch. Buying lunch for a student member is the best investment in the future of SCA. Both students and professionals sign up for this event during registration.

Student Mixer

The student mixer will be held from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm prior to the banquet on Saturday evening March 10th in conjunction with a cash bar. Come one, come all to mix and mingle and provide advice to the next generation of California archaeologists. No need to register for this event; just join us!

Introducing the Society for California Archaeology Games!

2018 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Celebrate archaeology with the First Annual SCA Games.  There are three competitions this inaugural year. For a small entry fee contestants can participate in individual or all games for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

The SCA Games for 2018 are:

Guess the Obsidian – Ten pieces of obsidian from various sources are displayed.  Contestants guess by visual analysis the obsidian source, we have helped narrow down the answers.  A map of the various obsidian sources is provided.  Come test your visual acuity.  Everyone tying for the highest score will be entered into a drawing for a fantastic prize.

How far is it? – A flag has been placed on the annual meeting grounds. Guess how far and how high the flag is from the datum. There will be some cool tools and technology to help you make your guess.  Everyone getting within 2 meters of the correct distance and height will go into a drawing for an awesome prize.

Shovel to Screen Toss – Test out your shovel skills. Contestants pitch a shovel with poker chips into a screen at different distances, and perhaps a head to head competition. How are your shovel skills? Let’s find out. Chances to win a magnificent prize.

Overall 2018 SCA Games Champion – A final award will be given to the contestant that places highest in all three of the games. Who will be the big winners of the first SCA Games?  Is it you?  Sign up and find out more at the registration table. See you at the games!

All proceeds from the games will be used by the SCA to help protect and preserve cultural resources.

Annual Meeting Underwriters

This year we welcome two new fundraisers, Starla Lane and Jennifer Thomas of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Starla and Jennifer 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 work in both the public and private sectors,
in education and advocacy, representing professional archaeologists throughout California. For further information, please contact fundraising@nullscahome.org.

Become a Meeting Underwriter


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 to Volunteer

Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Darren Andolina at andolinadarren@nullgmail.com or (530) 908-6713.

Donate to the Silent Auction Fundraiser!

Donate an Auction Item

The Silent Auction is an important fundraising event for the society. 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! Silent Auction Donation Form

Sponsor a Beverage Table

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 soft drinks. 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 on their tables such as desserts or appetizers. Beverage Table Registration Form 

General questions regarding the Silent Auction should be directed to the Business Office at office@nullscahome.org or 530-342-3537. Questions regarding the donation of goods should be addressed to Alden Neel at aneel@nullblm.gov or 530-570-0087. We ask that businesses, institutions, and individual members support this fun and fabulous event. Be sure to bring your checkbook or cash so you can bid on the great assortment of donated goods and services. Items over $100 may also be purchased via credit card.

Kristina Roper is once again organizing reception refreshment donations (in cash or kind). If you have questions, please contact Kristina at kroper3r@nullgmail.com; and don’t hesitate: last year we had more potential beverage donors that we had tables! Instructions for donations of any kind may be found on the forms included with this cover.

Meeting Contacts

Annual Meeting Program Chair
John Dietler
SWCA Environmental Consultants

Annual Meeting Local Arrangements
Shannon Foglia

Silent Auction Beverage Coordinator
Kristina Roper
Sierra Valley Archaeological Consulting

Silent Auction Donations Coordinator
Alden Neel
Bureau of Land Management

Starla Lane and Jennifer Thomas
Pacific Gas & Electric

Volunteer Coordinator
Darren Andolina
(530) 980-6713

Book Room Coordinator
Sannie Osborn
Please contact the Business Office

SCA Business Office/General Information
Denise Wills
(530) 342-3537

2018 Registration Instructions

To register online: Log on to your Member’s Page at scahome.org.
Non-Members: Become a Member or Register Here.

Via US Postal Service: 2018.REGPACKET.f092117

Pre-registration provides significant price breaks! Identify your membership category and use the fee schedule below to determine your registration fee.

2018 Fee Schedule

The Early Bird package includes the meeting registration fee, an Awards Banquet ticket, and an Auction ticket. Members only! The deadline for Early Bird registration is December 18, 2017

1Must provide proof of student status.
2This rate is for non-archaeologist partners accompanying an archaeologist.

Banquet Tickets: $60
Silent Auction Tickets: $50; $45 for Students

The deadline to purchase Banquet and Auction Tickets is Wednesday, February 16th, 2018. The deadline for electronic registration without Silent Auction or Banquet tickets is February 28, 2018.

No refunds can be given after February 28, 2017

A Note on spouse memberships and registration: The SCA Executive Board has elected to discontinue the Spouse membership type. If you wish to bring your non-archaeologist spouse to the meeting, you may take the spouse/significant other rate without that person being a member of the Society. Professional archaeologists may not take the spouse rate.

If You Plan to Volunteer: The volunteer registration fee waiver is only for SCA members. You must obtain volunteer waiver during the pre-registration period. Sign up to volunteer.