Where were you in 1969?

If we’re not mistaken, the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) held its annual meetings and conference in Crystal River. 50 years later, let’s go back there.

For 2019, Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Central Region and the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society are honored to co-host the 71st Annual Meeting of FAS. The meeting will take place in the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River. The Plantation on Crystal River will serve as the Conference hotel and the location for organizational meetings and conference proceedings from May 10 to 12, 2019.


The Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay and is located at 9301 West Fort Island Trail. A room block has been secured for the event with a nightly rate of $129. The resort hotel hosts a number of fun and family oriented amenities and is just a short drive to downtown Crystal River on Citrus Avenue.

For anyone interested in spending more time along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River has offered to make our conference rate available to attendees three days before and after the FAS meeting. To take advantage of this opportunity and /or book your room for the conference, the Plantation is ready to accept your reservation by calling (800)632-6262. Please refer to the booking name Florida Anthropological Society. The call-in block will be held until the cutoff date of Tuesday, April 9, 2019.


On Friday, May 10, between 6:00-8:00pm, conference attendees will be treated to a Welcome Reception at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Hosted by Park Staff and the Friends of Crystal River Preserve, the reception will feature food and refreshments, and beautiful sunset views of the Crystal River. Transportation to and from the venue will be provided.


On Saturday evening attendees can enjoy a refreshing cocktail with hors d’oeuvres overlooking gorgeous views of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge before the FAS Awards and Banquet commences back at the Conference Center in the Magnolia Room.

A delicious buffet will start at 6:45pm with healthy servings of batter fried local fish and roasted rosemary chicken. Three types of salads, lots of veggies, and desserts of baked apple cobbler and coconut layer cake will also be served.

The FAS Awards Ceremony and Keynote Presentation will take place following dinner. The banquet cost is $40 per person. Join us! Dinner and Awards are always great, and often lively.


Ms. Ginessa Mahar, PhD Candidate of the University of Florida, has graciously accepted our invitation to provide the Keynote presentation; “With a Little Help from Our Friends: Investigating Florida’s Ancient Fisheries”

“Archaeology is a team sport. While the 21st century has brought many new and exciting techniques to the field of archaeology, perhaps the most significant development may have to do with personnel.”

In her Keynote Address, Ms. Mahar will discuss, “the role of students, community members, fisherfolk, and biologists in the investigation of Florida’s ancient fisheries, with a focus on the Woodland archaeology of the Gulf Coast. The benefits of Community Archaeology and interdisciplinary research will be discussed as well as the critical role that “Our Team” plays in the detection, investigation, and preservation of Florida’s coastal heritage.”

[photo: Ms. Mahar (kneeling) with excavation crew.]