Arkansas Archeological Society 2018 Annual Meeting
Hilton Garden Inn, Fayetteville
September 21 – 23

Society Annual Meeting 2018

The Arkansas Archeological Society’s Annual Meeting will be held in Fayetteville at the Hilton Garden Inn. This hotel is located just off I-49, one mile from the University of Arkansas. Each room features a workspace, a refrigerator and free WiFi. The hotel has an on-site restaurant with a cook-to-order breakfast and offers evening meals. There is also an indoor pool and a fitness center. Discover the shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues in the Dickson Street entertainment district, just 3 miles from the hotel. Bring your bicycle and explore the trails along the greenway.

All of the usual Annual Meeting events will take place including the Friday evening reception, Saturday presentation of papers, the Archeological Research Fund silent auction, and the Saturday evening banquet with keynote speaker, Dr. William Lees, Florida Public Archaeology Network. Throughout his career, Dr. Lees has focused on public archeology and historical archeology in the Great Plains and Southeastern U.S., with specialization in the Antebellum Period and the Civil War. It will be a fun and eventful time! Registration and more information coming soon. Mark your calendars.

Call for Papers / Presentations / Posters 

Papers, Presentations, and Posters are now being sought for Saturday of the meeting, with time slots of 20 minutes each. Topics on anything archeological, both prehistoric and historic, are welcome. Papers are the traditional format, but other presentation ideas will be considered. There is a maximum of 14 available time slots for papers, which are filled on a first come, first served basis, so please don’t wait until the last minute! (Precedence will be given to those who submit actual titles and abstracts, rather than just a vague promise.) Titles and abstracts must also be submitted for posters—we need to include a description of posters in the Program and find a suitable place at the venue to display them, so advance notice is necessary. If you would like to give a paper, a special presentation, or a poster please send a title and abstract by August 15 to Marilyn Knapp, Program Chair,

What typically happens at the Annual Meeting?

Each year, on or near the last weekend of September, the Arkansas Archeological Society holds its Annual Meeting. Besides the opportunity to visit with friends and have a great time, the meeting offers a variety of activities, as follows:

Friday evening kicks off the festivities with a reception for registered attendees.

On Saturday, papers on current archeological topics are presented by professional and amateur archeologists from throughout Arkansas, in a 20-minute format, usually with slides. The annual Business Meeting is held Saturday morning before and includes the presentation of certificates of appreciation and other special awards. (Award Nomination Form). After the lunch break, more papers are presented. In addition, a highlight of the meeting is the Archeological Research Fund (ARF) Silent Auction and Raffle. Many wonderful items, including books, artwork, posters, jewelry, etc., are donated to raise money for the research fund. In addition to the Silent Auction, books, t-shirts, and other items are usually available for purchase.

A banquet is held Saturday evening and after the dinner, a Keynote Speaker—a specially selected archeologist from outside Arkansas—makes a presentation on his or her work.

Sunday morning usually offers museum tours or tours to archeological sites.

For a list of past meetings, click here.