SAA 84th Annual Meeting

10.04 - 14.04.2019  
Albuquerque, NM, USA

The Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, NM, USA, from 10-14 April 2018.


The meeting will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center (ACC) and the headquarters hotel, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Events are scheduled at both locations.


The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,500 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.

Abstract submission

The web-based submissions system closes Thursday 6 September 2018 at 15:00 Eastern Time:

Further information

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PAGES working group session

PEOPLE 3000: Global Perspectives on Climate-Human Population Dynamics during the Late Holocene
Convenors: Erick Robinson, José Capriles, Jacob Freeman, Eugenia Gayo

Recent compilations of radiocarbon data in different countries throughout the world enable unprecedented opportunities for comparative analyses of prehistoric human demography and cultural evolution in relation to climate change. Yet, the methods and, importantly, the theory for conducting comparisons of radiocarbon records and paleoenvironmental datasets are only just beginning to come into focus. For example, one pattern among radiocarbon records worldwide is the sustained growth of human populations during the first three millennia of the Late Holocene, followed by rapid declines from 1000-600 cal BP. Are these trends reflecting global scale climate and environmental forcing mechanisms? Do they represent common human-environment interactions, regardless of the scale of cultural complexity? Or, are they merely the consequence of sampling and research biases?

This symposium aims to better understand such questions by bringing together specialists from around the world and focusing on different types of approaches. Organized by the PAGES PEOPLE 3000 (Paleoclimate and the Peopling of the Earth) working group, the symposium will contribute to explaining the dynamic processes, often non-linear, reflected in radiocarbon time-series, which are challenging paleoscientists to rethink traditional models of human-environment interaction and the roles of agriculture and cultural complexity in mediating climate-human population dynamics.

Any interested contributors should contact Erick Robinson or Jacob Freeman before the abstract deadline date.