60th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference - October 6-8, 2016


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Contact Information  •  Registration  ​  Location  ​  Maps  ​  Layout  • ​ Banquet  • ​ Merchandise  ​  Schedule  ​  Presenters  ​  Student Paper Competition

Contact Information

John F. Doershuk
email: john-doershuk@uiowa.edu

Meeting Registration Fees       


MAC member

Non-MAC member

MAC member, student

Non-MAC member, student

Guest of registered attendee (on-site only)

Single day (on-site only)

Vendor, cost per 6-ft table









Late or On-site*
(Begining 9/22/2016)







Reserve a table  

Thank You to
Our Sponsors!

* Purchased registrations are refundable through September 21st,
after which no refunds will be processed.

**Online registration through September 29th. As of September 30 (Friday), all registrations will be done on-site.


We expect all meeting registrants to uphold professional decorum while attending the meeting.  

   ►One FREE MAC 2016 drink Koozie for each registrant



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Date and Location Information

Meeting Dates: October 6-8, 2016

Meeting Place and Hotel:

     Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
     210 South Dubuque Street
     Iowa City, IA 52240

Notice: conference hotel room block is now closed.

Other hotel options:

See links below for other hotels in within a few miles of the conference location. Price estimates are based on a three-night stay. Reserve your room today for the best rates.


Parking ramps in the conference area cost about $1 per hour. We recommend that if you are staying at a hotel outside of the downtown Iowa City, that you keep your vehicle in your hotel’s free parking lot and take alternative transportation to the conference.

Alternative transportation options include:

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Downtown Iowa City

Parking Options

Walking Tour

► View interactive Iowa Culture Map or download the app here

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Meeting Room Layout

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Banquet Information

Saturday, October 8, at 6:30-8:30 pm (Amos Dean Ballroom)

Guest Speaker: M. Steven Shackley, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, 7:30 PM

Buffet prices: $45 for regular members and guests, $40 for students

Buffet Menu:
    Salads: Caesar, spinach, and Greek pasta
    Sides: garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and various seasonal roasted squash
    Main: grilled mahi-mahi, top sirloin, and Portobello with mozzarella, basil, and tomato

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Comfortable hats with the 2016 Annual Meeting MAC logo are available for purchase from your My Account page at $15 a piece. 




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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 6

  • 10:00 AM on-site registration opens
  • 1:30-4:30 PM  MAC 2016 Sponsored Symposium
    • "Encounters, Exchange, Entanglement - Current Perspectives on 17th and 18th century Intercultural Interactions throughout the Western Great Lakes" organized by Heather Walder (University of Wisconsin) and Jessica Yann (Michigan State University)
  • 5:00 PM Welcome Reception (Prefunction Area) with cash bar and light appetizers

Friday, October 7

  • 7:30 AM  On-site registration opens
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Vendor area open (Johnson Room)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general sessions (Amos Dean Ballrooms A-D)
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Paleoethnobotany Workshop at OSA (limit 12, contact Rick Edwards to participate)
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  MAC Inc. Executive Board Meeting and Lunch (by invitation, Lucas Room)
  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM  50/40 NHPA/Iowa Burial Laws Celebration open to all attendees, brief remarks at 5:30 (Amos Dean Ballroom TBD), cash bar and light appetizers

Saturday, October 8

  • 7:30 AM  On-site registration opens
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Vendor area open (Johnson Room)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general sessions (Amos Dean Ballrooms A-D)
  • 4:00 PM  Iowa Archeological Society business meeting (Lindquist Room)
  • 4:00 PM  Illinois Archaeological Survey business meeting (Amos Dean B)
  • 5:00 PM  MAC, Inc. business meeting (Amos Dean A)
  • 5:30 PM  Cash bar (Prefunction Area)
  • 6:30 PM  Banquet (Amos Dean Ballroom)

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General Instructions for Presenters

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  September 1, 2016   Extended to 12pm, September 8, 2016  Expired

Presenters, symposium organizers, and discussants must be current members of MAC and already registered to attend the meeting.  Co-authors not presenting need not be MAC members, nor be registered for the meeting unless attending. Those interested in organizing a workshop, forum, roundtable, or discussion panel should contact the Annual Meeting organizer John Doershuk (john-doershuk@uiowa.edu).

Paper presentations must be 15 minutes in length maximum.  Presentations visuals must be presented using PowerPoint software.  LCD projectors and appropriate computers and presentation software will be provided by the conference. 

Presenters must provide their session chair with a PowerPoint file on a jump/flash drive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the session.  Please include the last name of the senior author (or lead presenter) in your file name (rather than just 'MAC16 paper'). 

Poster Update: 


    - Maximum posters size is 72 x 40-inches (landscape).

    - Each magnetic whiteboard comes with 16 magnets for mounting. 



Paper and Poster Abstract Submissions

All paper and poster presentation submissions will be done online through the MAC website.

Each individual submission must include the following: Title, Author(s) (with institutions), and Abstract Text. Each presenter may submit up to 3 paper or poster presentations; there is no limit to the number of co-authorships.

Abstracts are limited to 150 words in length.

If your presentation is part of a symposium, you must also include the symposium Key Code provided by the symposium's organizer.

Symposium Abstract Submissions

Symposium organizers will submit an abstract for each symposium online through the MAC website. 

Each submission must include the following: Symposium Title, Symposium Abstract Text, and List of all Symposium Presentations with Author(s). Each organizer may submit up to 3 paper or poster symposia.

Symposium organizers must create a unique Key Code and provide it to their presenters.

Abstracts are limited to 150 words in length.

Visit your My Account page now to start your submission.

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Student Paper Competition

The deadline for submission of papers for the Student Paper Competition has been extended until Friday, September 16th, 5:00 PM Central.  All other rules and conditions apply.

The Midwestern Archaeological Conference Student paper competition was created to promote scholarly excellence among students conducting archaeological research in the midwestern U.S.  The winner of the competition receives a substantial number of books on Midwestern Archaeology and $250.  A runner-up award may be chosen at the discretion of the committee. If chosen, the runner up receives a substantial number of books on Midwestern Archaeology and $100.


Anyone currently enrolled in a degree granting institution may apply. Papers must be single authored and be submitted by the competition deadline.

How to Apply

You may email a Word or pdf version (or provide a link to the file) to Dr. Robert Jeske (jeske@uwm.edu) by 11:59 PM CDT on September 9, 2016. The paper presented at the conference must have the same content as the manuscript submitted to the competition review committee. The submitted manuscript must be no more than 10 double spaced pages of text with 12 point font.  Accompanying figures, tables, and references cited must be placed on separate pages at the end of the paper and will not count toward the 10 page limit. Papers over 10 pages in length will not be read or otherwise included in the competition. All submitted manuscripts must include a cover letter with the paper title, abstract, the student’s name, and the degree granting program and their current status in that program.

The winners of the Competition will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference. The winner(s)will receive their prize(s) the following day. The Committee reserves the prerogative to defer the Competition and award in the event of a shortage of entries.

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