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SHA 2016 Washington, D.C.
January 6-9, 2016
Call for Papers Opens: May 1, 2015
Final Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

A Call to Action:
The Past and Future of Historical Archaeology

The year 2016 marks two significant anniversaries that are instrumental in the growth and development of Historical Archaeology: the creation of the National Park Service (NPS) 100 years ago and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 50 years ago. The NPS has long been a leader in United States heritage management, and the NHPA laid the groundwork for the development of the Cultural Resource Management industry and set the standards for federal recognition of archaeological properties. In order to commemorate these anniversaries, the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference is being held in our nation’s capital. The theme of the conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of archaeological resources important to the larger historical narrative of all people. Our theme is a broad vision that encourages participants to consider the impact of the NPS and NHPA on the history of Historical Archaeology, reflect on all aspects of our collective archaeological heritage, explore how it has been examined, interpreted, and preserved, and to exemplify a call to action by envisioning the best practices that we hope to pursue in the future.


All conference sessions will take place at the Omni Shoreham located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC. Since 1930, the Omni Shoreham Hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls--- the Beatles stayed here during their first trip to the United States. The hotel is located in one of the District’s upscale residential neighborhoods just steps away from the National Zoo. The SHA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the special rate of $145.00 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. This rate will be offered three (3) days prior to, and three (3) days after, the meeting dates. The cut-off date for reservations in the SHA room block at the Omni Shoreham is Friday, December 18, 2015. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at the negotiated rate.


Conference Chair(s): LouAnn Wurst (Western Michigan University) and Michael S. Nassaney (Western Michigan University)
Program Chairs: Julie Schablitsky (Maryland State Highway Administration) and Lisa Kraus (Maryland State Highway Administration/Maryland Environmental Service)
Underwater Chair: Paul Johnston (Smithsonian Institution)
Terrestrial Chair: John McCarthy (Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation)
Popular Program Director(s): Alexandra Jones (Archaeology in the Community) and Maureen Malloy (Smithsonian Institution)
Local Arrangement Chair: Florie Bugarin (Howard University)
Public Relations Director: Deborah Hull-Walski (Smithsonian Institution)
Tour and Events Director: Dan Sayers (American University)
Bookroom Coordinator: Fred Smith (College of William and Mary)
Social Media Liaisons: Christine Ames (EBI Consulting) and Sara Belkin (Boston University/Journal of Field Archaeology)
Volunteer Director: Erin Claussen (Independent Scholar)
Fund Raising/ Partnership Liaison: Julie King (St. Mary’s College)
Workshops: Carl Carlson Drexler (Arkansas Archeological Survey)

Conference Materials and Files

Call for Papers