MARCH 23 – 25, 2018

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Nevada Archaeological Association will be an exciting one, with a full schedule of workshops, interesting papers, a Friday night bocce ball social, a keynote discussion on the Stewart Indian School, the infamous auction, Jonah dancing, and much more!

We encourage all meeting attendees to present a short paper or poster on any interesting work they are currently doing (or have done) pertaining to the archaeology, history, or ethnohistory of Nevada. We still need more input from northern and eastern Nevada! Graduate students are particularly urged to present summaries or discussions of their research in what will be a friendly,low-stress meeting environment.

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Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
One South Lake Street, Reno NV 89501
PH: (775) 682.3900

The Renaissance Hotel started life out as the Holiday Hotel Casino, it was revamped into the Tuscany-themed Siena Hotel Spa Casino. It was then fully renovated into the Renaissance Hotel, a Marriott International property. The Renaissance Hotel offers a non-gaming, non-smoking environment and has been newly renovated, with comfortable modern-style rooms, a state-of-the-art meeting facility, an expanded river deck, and (in place of the casino) an indoor bocce ball/skee ball/bar facility.

We are planning to have a bocce ball social on Friday night!

The Renaissance also features an in-house restaurant – the Mediterranean, inspired Shore Room – several bars, an in-house coffee/sandwich shop, and food-to-grab service. In being downtown, there are dozens of eateries and beverage shops within 1-2 blocks of the Renaissance from which to choose as well as several local breweries within 5-6 blocks of the hotel. The hotel is also within three blocks of Greater Nevada Field (there might be a Reno 1868 FC professional soccer match that weekend), directly across the street from the National Automobile Museum and the Pioneer Center (Reno’s home for Broadway shows and an underground comedy club), and no more than 2-3 blocks from the conglomerate of downtown casinos.

All-in-all, we expect a good time to be had by all who attend. We all hope to see you in Reno this March!

A Summary of Scheduled Events

  • March 23 [Friday] – Registration, Morning Workshops, Afternoon Paper and Poster Sessions, NAA Board Meeting, and Evening Social around the Bocce Ball Court
  • March 24 [Saturday] – Registration, Paper Sessions, Keynote Address, NAA Membership Business Meeting (all members are welcome!), Evening Social, Banquet and Awards, Live Auction
  • March 25 [Sunday] – Field Trips!! The Stewart Indian School and possibly the Winnemucca Lake Petroglyphs


Here it is, folks! 47th NAA Meeting 2018 Program
47th NAA Meeting 2018 Program


Conference Information

Peopling Places  

The Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) welcomes and supports the shared interests of archaeologists, rock art scholars, anthropologists, and avocationalists. The 47th Annual Meeting will highlight archaeological research concerning prehistoric and historic topics of Nevada, with a particular focus on“Peopling Places” with Keynote address regarding the history of the Stewart Indian School.

Contemporary human life in the Nevada is founded upon successive waves of immigration and emigration which circulated people, things, and ideas. These population movements, both long ago and recent, together promoted a wide range of interactions between individuals, groups, and the environmental contexts they inhabited.

From this many different communities have emerged, each one having evolved according to its unique cultural norms, historical circumstances, and environmental contingencies. In exploring the relationship between humans and their environment—especially in times of cultural or natural flux—we can address important questions regarding family and the life cycle; social and cultural change; nutrition, health, and disease; and technological experimentation and innovation. Such inquiries can provide valuable data regarding past lifeways, but for various reasons may not capture the entirety of the human experience on a given landscape. Indeed, many communities in Nevada are irrevocably tied to the landscape, as reflected in traditional stories, songs, and cultural practices.

The theme of “Peopling Places” acknowledges the ways people have melded environment and culture over the course of prehistory and history in our state of Nevada.

In honor of Reno’s Sesquicentennial, this year’s NAA conference encourages participants to apply the “Peopling Places” theme toward a broad look at the peopling of the Truckee Meadows and the greater Reno-Tahoe area over the last 12,000 years.

Presentations, workshops, and field trips will cover various topics in prehistory, Native American history, Euro-American history, and ethnography, many of which will retain a local focus. In this way the NAA hopes to improve our understanding of how the extremely varied and unique population of the Reno-Tahoe area came to be.


Papers, Presentations and Posters

There are two formats for paper presentations this year. The first is the standard 15-minute presentation; the second is a 3-minute presentation for a special “speed-dating” session held either Friday or Saturday. The number of 15-minute presentations we can accept is unlimited, but we can only accept 10 presentations for the 3-minute speed-dating session. If you are determined to give a 3-minute presentation, get it in early to reserve your space.

We also encourage you to prepare posters – which this year we may combine with the Friday pre-dinner social. Specifications about poster size and other info about poster presentations is available upon request.


Auction Time !!!!


The NAA wants your stuff for the silent and live auctions!


(501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-deductible donation!)

Bring your treasures from the attic, garage, art,
bookshelf, jewelry box, or partner’s secret stash.

If possible, please bring your items early! We start accepting
items at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

The sooner we get them, the
more time you’ll have to examine the loot and start the
auction bidding!

See Jeff Wedding or Jonah Blustain with your auction donations or to get a bidding number!

All proceeds from the meeting benefit NAA.




Interested in discounted registration? Join NAA today! Check out what we are about on our About Us page.

Registration Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds for conference registration fees must be received in writing (email or regular mail) by March 15, 2018. Refunds issued prior to March 15, 2018 will be refunded in full for those registering by check, and in full less the Paypal transaction fee for those registering by electronic payment. The refund will be issued within six weeks after the conference has ended. Requests for refunds received after March 15, 2018 will not be honored.

Banquet Fee Refund and Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds for Banquet Fees must be received in writing (email or regular mail) by March 3, 2018. Refunds issued prior to March 3, 2018 will be refunded in full for those registering by check, and in full less the Paypal transaction fee for those registering by electronic payment. The refund will be issued within 6 weeks after the conference has ended. Requests for refunds received after March 3, 2018 will not be honored.

2018 Student Research Grant Competition: Joint NAA and Am-Arc

Undergrads and Grad Students can apply, $3000

We have exciting news! The NAA and Am-Arcs of Nevada are pleased to announce the first Joint NAA – Am-Arcs Student Research Grant Competition! This student research grant competition provides students – either graduate or undergraduate – with the opportunity to apply for funding for research that pertains to the archaeology of the Great Basin or American Southwest and has implications for the prehistory or history of Nevada.

This year, the single grant award has been increased to $3,000! The deadline for applications is March 16, 2018. The awardee will be provided 70% of the grant at the time of the award (the NAA annual meeting, March 23-25, 2018), 20% upon receipt of a progress report, and 10% upon completion of the project/presentation of results. A progress report will be due by December 1, 2018. The awardee will be required to present research findings at the NAA 2019 annual meeting (most likely in Elko, but subject to change) and at a future monthly Am-Arcs meeting (in Reno).Applicants for the 2018 award do not have to attend the 2018 NAA meeting (but it would be nice!).

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining how the individual qualifies for the award (i.e., description of student’s
    university and degree program).
  •  A current vita.
  •  A 1,000-word maximum, single-spaced description of the proposed research, clearly
    documenting research questions or goals, materials, methods, and significance to archaeology
    in Nevada.
  •  A list of references cited in the text (not included in the 1,000-word limit).
  •  A budget, containing
    • 1) An itemized list of expenses for which the $3,000 grant would be used, if awarded, and
    • 2) A one-page maximum budget narrative that explains the expenses
  •  A letter of recommendation from the student’s academic supervisor, emphasizing the student’s
    ability to conduct independent research.

Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to:



Submitting and Paying Annual Meeting Registration


We have multiple ways to join us this year: snail mail and online with PayPal. Resister early for discount; NAA members always receive a discount, join today!

Limited on-site registration will be available at the same rates  although banquet, field trips, and workshop availability cannot be guaranteed.


And remember…

Supporter memberships will receive one complimentary registration to the annual conference.

Patron memberships will receive one complimentary registration to the annual conference and will receive one gratis banquet ticket for the conference.