2017 Midwest Archaeological Conference

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



Online Registration is Closed

On-site Registration Options  

Contact Information

Jeremy J. Wilson
email: wilsojer@iupui.edu
office: 317-274-5787

Meeting Registration Fees*

Late or On-site**
(Beginning 10/6/2017)

MAC Member

MAC Member, Retiree

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) $30 Reserve a table

* Purchased registrations are refundable through October 5th, after which no refunds will be processed.

**Online registration to attend the meeting runs through October 15th. As of October 16 (Monday), all registrations will be done on-site.

See Registeration Options


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Date and Location Information

Meetings Dates: October 19th-21st, 2017
Meeting Place and Hotel:
The Alexander Hotel
333 S. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 624-8200

Online bookinghttps://aws.passkey.com/e/49288300
Via phone: (855) 200-3002 and reference the “Midwest Archaeological Conference”

Notice: Rooms at the conference hotel at the negotiated rate of $149/night (single or double) must be booked on or before Tuesday, September 19th, 2017. The Indianapolis Colts have a home game that weekend, which may make booking a room at downtown hotels more costly and time consuming after the deadline.

Other hotel options:
As it becomes necessary, the local arrangements team will contact hotels around downtown Indianapolis for overflow rooms. The initial vetting included 12 hotels in the downtown area with The Alexander offering the second best room rate.

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Parking & Transportation:

A parking ramp adjacent to The Alexander costs $24 per day, which is below average price for downtown Indianapolis. Valet parking is also available at The Alexander.

Alternative transportation options include:

  • IndyGo Bus Routes
  • BlueIndy
  • Local taxis
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • For those arriving via the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), the preceding list and other options can be reviewed here.

Maps of Downtown Indianapolis courtesy of Visit Indy:

Convention Center District
Downtown Restaurants Map
Downtown Parking Map
Downtown Breweries & Distilleries
Mass Ave Map
Fountain Square/Fletcher Place Map

View popular places to eat near the conference location with Google Maps  

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Meeting Room Layout

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Banquet Information

Saturday, October 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Alexander Ballroom
Buffet Prices: $50 for regular members and guests; $40 for students

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Barbara Mills 
Professor and Curator of Archaeology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona
View the presentation flyer here

Buffet Menu:

Soup | white bean, sausage and kale
Salad greens | tomato, cucumber, carrot, apple vinaigrette
Grape tomatoes | bocconcini, opal basil, white balsamic reduction
Rigatoni | artichoke, fried tomato, kalamata olive, pesto
Striped sea bass | port wine gastrique
Chicken | roasted shallot, goat cheese, red pepper coulis
Tortellini pasta | carbonara, mushrooms
Polenta| thyme, garlic, oven dried tomato
Vegetables | grilled zucchini, basil charred red onion
Accompaniments | parker house rolls, butter
Beverages | mighty leaf iced tea, lavazza coffee
Dessert | ricotta pear tart, lemon entremets

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Quarter zip sweatshirts with the 2017 Annual Meeting MAC logo (and ideal for surveys requiring bright colors) are available for purchase from your My Account page for $30.

Deadline for online purchases is October 5th, 2017.


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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 19th

  • 10:00 am Indiana Archaeological Council (IAC) meeting in Room 008 of Good Hall (1396 Windermire St.) at the University of Indianapolis
  • 11:00 am  On-site registration opens (2nd Floor Lobby)
  • 11:00 am–1:00 pm: Vendor setup in the Renaissance Place room
  • 1:00–4:30 pm  2017 MAC Sponsored Symposium
    • Collaborative Engagement: Working with Responsible Private Collectors and Collections
  • 1:00–5:00 pm: Vendors in the Renaissance Place room
  • 4:00–6:00 pm  Workshop and Open House hosted by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and Indiana Archaeology Council
    • Current Research in Indiana Middle Woodland and Beyond
  • 6:00–8:00 pm  Welcome Reception at the Indiana State Museum

  • ​preview the new exibit The Power of Poison, organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and locally supported by Uncle Bill’s and Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • beer provided through partnership with Sun King Brewery
  • a shuttle from The Alexander Hotel to the Indiana State Museum and back to the hotel will run continuously between 4:30 and 8:30 pm
  • discount parking passes for the state museum are also available


Friday, October 20th

  • 7:30 am  On-site registration open (2nd Floor Lobby)
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm  Vendor area open (Renaissance Place)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general sessions
  • 11:30 am–1:30 pm  MAC Inc. Executive Board Meeting and Lunch (by invitation, Market Table restaurant, 1st floor)
  • 5:00–7:00 pm  Cash Bar & Student Workshop Reception (Plat 99: Mixology Lounge, 2nd floor)

Saturday, October 21st

  • 7:30 am  On-site registration opens (2nd Floor Lobby)
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm  Vendor area open (Renaissance Place)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general session
  • 5:00–6:00 pm  MAC, Inc. Business Meeting (Fletcher Place)
  • 5:00–6:30 pm Cash bar in front of Alexander Ballroom in advance of banquet
  • 6:30 pm Banquet (Alexander Ballroom)
    • 7:30 pm Speaker: Barbara Mills, Professor, University of Arizona; Social Network Approaches to Pre-Hispanic North American Migration and Coalescence

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General Instructions for Presenters

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED:  11:59 pm on Friday, September 29th

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 Jeremy Wilson (wilsojer@iupui.edu).

Paper presentations must be 15 minutes in length at maximum.  Presentations visuals must be presented using PowerPoint.  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 'MAC17 paper').

Maximum poster dimensions are 8-ft wide x 4-ft tall. Mounting will be provided by the conference venue.

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 three 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 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. Mark Hill (mahill2@bsu.edu) by 11:59 PM CST on October 6th, 2017. 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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