Welcome!

We hope that you will join us for the 10th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica Friday October 18 (beginning at noon) to Sunday October 20 (ending at noon), 2019 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA. The call for papers is now closed! Those who submitted abstracts are automatically registered for the conference. Others may register on this web site or in person at the conference. Registration will be open 1 hour before the talks begin each day. For those staying at the conference hotel, there will be an LSU Dept shuttle van from the hotel 1/2 before talks begin each day and from LSU to the hotel after the day’s events. There will be sign up sheets for days/times (before and after each day). Please see “Accommodations” for more information on the conference and the shuttle.

The weather is expected to be sunny with some clouds on Friday but rainy on Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures ranging from a high of 84 to a low of 63. In addition, LSU will be turning off the steam throughout the university for repairs, which may mean the Howe-Russell building is cooler than normal. Bring a sweater or jacket as well as an umbrella or raincoat. Check the weather before packing!

The South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica (SCCM) is a regional conference that provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history, and others, as well as the general public, to share information and interpretations on current research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region. The conference is free and open to the public. The conference aims to be intellectually broad, embracing multiple disciplines. Presentations are welcomed from anthropologists of all stripes, ethnohistorians, and scholars in other fields such as geography, history, language, and art, who study the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, past and present. The SCCM is especially welcoming to graduate students. The conference has offered a limited number of student travel awards each year to presenters and we hope to be able to continue this tradition.

The conference will be hosted by the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, the Louisiana State Division of Archaeology (LA DOA), and the Louisiana Archaeological Society (LAS). The venue will be the Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex at LSU.

Conference organizers are Heather McKillop (LSU), Valerie Feathers (LAS), and Rachel Watson (LA DOA). The conference committee also includes LSU students Cher Foster, Hollie Lincoln, Conner Flynt, and Dwayne Hinton.

Funding was generously provided by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at LSU, the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU, and the Louisiana Archaeological Society. In addition, we acknowledge support of Ruta Maya for providing coffee service, and Search, as well as Mid City Craft and Brew, Phil Brady’s, and Jefferson Lounge for supporting refreshments at the receptions. We also appreciate donations for the Silent Auction (to raise funds for student travel awards next year) from University Press of Florida, Seven Seas of Baton Rouge, Mary Jill Brody, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, Mid City Craft and Brew, Montalbano’s Seafood and Catering, and others .

Souvenirs (to raise funds for the 2011 student travel awards) include SCCM logo magnets, buttons, and koozies made by Dr. Valerie Feathers, as well SCCM logo coffee mugs.

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Please feel free to email with any questions!