FAS 2016

68th Annual Florida Anthropological Society Meeting

Jupiter, Florida

May 19-22, 2016

The 68th Annual Meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society will be held in Jupiter, Florida from May 19-22, 2016.  Palm Beach County Archaeological Society is proud to host this year’s meeting at the Wyndham Grand Harbourside overlooking the scenic Intracoastal Waterway!

Call for Papers: HERE

Mail-in Registration: HERE

On-line registration: HERE

Please e-mail any questions to pbcarchaeologicalsociety@gmail.com.

Conference Venue

The conference venue and hotel is the elegant Wyndham Grand Harbourside in the heart of Jupiter’s bustling waterfront district. The locale boasts eight on-site restaurants offering fare from burgers and shakes to five star epicurean delights. The Wyndham Grand offers exquisite boutique style accommodations, breathtaking waterfront views, and amenities tailor-made to highlight guest’s experience with elegance and style.  Guests of the FAS conference will enjoy a deeply discounted rate of $139.00 per room, a stellar deal for accommodations in this 5 star hotel.  To secure the special room rate you must book your room by April 15th.  The price of accommodations includes complimentary parking and wi-fi access.  For reservations call  and indicate that you are booking for The Florida Anthropological Society Meeting or Palm Beach County Archaeological Society.

Preliminary Schedule Highlights

Friday Evening Reception – The reception will take place at one of the largest remaining aboriginal shell mounds on the Atlantic seaboard, in Dubois Park.  Recent excavations at the multi-component National Register Historic Site yielded the rare Spanish Faceted Chevron trade beads, which have been recovered from fewer than ten New World archaeological sites! Atop the mound is the recently restored Dubois Pioneer home. Guided tours of the site and pioneer home will be ongoing while guests imbibe wine and hors d’oeuvres.

 Saturday Evening Banquet – Jupiter Florida is nationally renowned for its colorful history and rich cultural heritage, symbolized by the iconic Jupiter Lighthouse.  Guests of the FAS conference will enjoy a rare opportunity to dine “under the stars” with the iconic Jupiter Lighthouse as the centerpiece for the affair.  While we dine, the lighthouse will be illuminated, lending a unique romance to the traditional FAS celebration.  Guests at the banquet will enjoy a 3 course Gourmet Italian meal, served buffet style, as well as beer, wine, and host chapter PBCAS’ special libation  “Pirate’s Rum Punch”! This year’s banquet offers casual elegance at an affordable $40.00 per person.  Please note, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society will offer tours of the lighthouse before the cocktail bar opens.  Museum tours will be ongoing through the evening.  Please take care to arrive early so you can enjoy all this unique affair has to offer.

Key Note Speaker: Palm Beach County Archaeologist and Historic Preservation Officer Christian Davenport.  The archaeology of southeast Florida in general, and Palm Beach County in particular, has been poorly understood for generations due to a lack of professional archaeological research.  Since coming to work in the locality, Davenport has directed major investigations including the Boyer Survey of Lake Okeechobee which made international headlines and was featured in National Geographic.  That work was only foreshadowing for the incredible discoveries and advances in our understanding of the archaeology and prehistory of Southeast Florida.  Davenport’s keynote speech will reveal the findings of the Boyer Survey as well as the discovery of new earthworks in the Glades and along the coast.  Davenport’s contribution is monumental and no understanding of Florida archaeology is complete without consideration of recent findings in his jurisdiction.

Sunday Morning Tours

On Sunday, attendees will have a variety of unique guided tours hosted by area archaeologists and specialists.  All tours will meet in the hotel lobby, at 9:00am, and receive map directions to the tour location from the conference hotel.

9:00am – Swamp Buggy Tour to Big Mound City –the chance to visit Big Mound City is a once in a lifetime event! Christian Davenport guides this tour of this massive mound and earthwork monument built by the Belle Glade People. The site consists of at least 23 mounds, radiating causeways, and crescent-shaped ponds. This site in NOT open to the public, but a special arrangement has been made with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in association with the Friends of Corbett conservation group to allow FAS conference participants to visit the mounds.  To participate in this tour you must be in good physical condition and a liability waiver must be signed at the tour location.

9:00am – Jungle Cruise to Historic Trapper Nelson’s – Enjoy mimosas with friends and colleagues as you cruise the  “Wild and Scenic” Loxahatchee River aboard the Loxahatchee Queen III. The voyage includes interpretive narration about the area’s prehistory and history and features a stop at “Trapper Nelson’s Zoo and Jungle Gardens”.  Trapper Nelson, “the wild man of the Loxahatchee” is a celebrated historic personae famous for his incredible good looks, financial wizardry, legendary and mysterious romantic dalliances with the fancy ladies of Palm Beach, and sadly, for being the subject of what most locals will attest is a murder mystery.  In his old age, Trapper became a garrulous old recluse who was found shot to death in his cabin in the woods.  With his death, the state of Florida came to possess his real estate fortune. The official cause of death was suicide…but those who knew Trapper reject that finding.  Visit the scene of the crime and come to your own conclusion! This cruise is Adults 21+ only.

9:00am –Ecoarchaeological Kayak Tour of Riverbend Park – this guided tour by water will showcase the bounty and beauty of the Loxahatchee River’s many natural and cultural treasures.

9:00am – Gallery Tour of Art Calusa Exhibit – Gallery will be open 10:00AM – 12:00PM. Enjoy exclusive access to the award winning ArtCalusa exhibit on display at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum located in West Palm Beach, Florida.  This exhibit showcases artists’ interpretation of the life and experiences of Florida’s indigenous peoples, particularly that of the Calusa.