2013 Midwest Archaeological Conference

Columbus, Ohio 
October 24th to 26th

Organizer: Robert A. Cook (robertcook526@gmail.com)
Program Co-Chairs: Jarrod Burks (jarrodburks@ovacltd.com) and Robert A. Cook
Vendor Organizer: Kris Gremillion (Gremillion.1@asc.ohio-state.edu)
Chair, Student Paper Competition: Jeremy Wilson (wilsojer@iupui.edu)
The 2013 MAC is going to be an extravaganza of Midwestern archaeology. The conference’s location in Columbus, Ohio affords us the opportunity to celebrate one kind of archaeological site in particular: earthen enclosures. Within about an hour’s drive in almost every direction are dozens of small and large sites. We will be engaging with earthworks in several ways throughout the conference, from symposia, to the banquet speaker, to Sunday field trips.
Opening Session
The conference will kick off on Thursday with a special opening session in which we re-introduce the earthworks of Ohio and highlight the Ohio Historical Society’s contribution to their study for over 100 years. Presentations will explore the status of many sites through rich imagery, and we will take a virtual walk along Ohio’s Ancient Trail, a multimedia effort to engage the public through archaeo-tourism. We will also hear about Ohio’s efforts to make the United States’ shortlist for nominations to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
Day-Long Earthwork Session
A day-long session will be devoted entirely to the many facets of earthworks research, with updates on many sites and approaches. A selection of special guests will talk about earthworks in Brazil and Europe.
A buffet dinner will be followed by a talk from Jim Brown (Emeritus Professor, Northwestern University) entitled: “Place, Practice, and Process in Hopewell Culture.” 
Field Trips
The conference will wrap up with archaeologist-guided tours to two of Ohio’s biggest earthwork centers: Newark and Chillicothe. One bus will head east to Newark, where you can get a taste of the world’s largest prehistoric earthwork complex, with visits to the Great Circle and the Octagon-Observatory Circle. A second bus will follow the Scioto River south to Chillicothe and the greatest concentration of earthwork sites in the Midwest. At Hopewell Culture National Historical Park we will visit several of the park’s large earthwork complexes, take a look at the new collections facility, and hear/see about recent research in park. Whether your bus goes east or south, you are bound to learn new things about Ohio earthworks on these tours.
Saturday during the lunch hour the MAC Student Committee will host a workshop aimed at fostering professional development in aspiring archaeologists.  The topic of this workshop is currently TBD.
Student Reception
This is a great chance for students, university faculty, CRM employees, and museum staff to mingle, network and explore our common interests in the archaeology of the Midwest.  The reception will take place Friday evening at Barley’s Brewing Company, located within easy walking distance of most downtown hotels. Snacks and beer will be provided.
Explore Columbus
For more information on what else to do during your stay in Columbus, explore the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau website ExperienceColumbus.com.

EXTENDED Abstract Deadline:
Abstracts for proposed papers and symposia must be submitted by August 31, 2013, through RegOnline and must accompany registration. Presenters must be members of the MAC. Not already a member? Join today!
Registration Information
  • MAC Member $90 ($115 after September 15th)
  • Non-MAC Member $100 ($125 after September 15th)
  • Student MAC Member with valid ID $45 ($60 after September 15th)
  • Student Non-MAC Member with valid ID $60 ($75 after September 15th)
  • Guest (non-archaeologist with a registered companion) $25 ($25 after September 15th)
  • Table fees $35/table (no registration required)

Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 463-1234
Fax: (614) 280-3034
Rooms are going fast, so please make your reservation soon!
Rooms are $129.00 with up to four occupants. 
Please contact the hotel to make a reservation.
Additional Lodging
Conference Travel
Driving distances from nearby major cities:
  • Chicago: 5:30 Hours
  • Cincinnati: 1:45 hours
  • Cleveland: 2:15 hours
  • Detroit: 3:15 hours
  • Indianapolis: 2:45 hours
  • Lexington: 3 hours
  • Louisville: 3:30 hours
  • Pittsburgh: 3 hours
Port Columbus International Airport
4600 International Gateway
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 235-2941
Non-Stop flights from:
Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Madison, New York, Washington D.C.
Train and Bus Info
  • Greyhound
  • No Amtrak Train Station in Columbus

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