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SHA 2016 Washington, D.C. January 6-9, 2016
Call for Papers Opens: May 1, 2015
Final Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

A Call to Action: The Past and Future of Historical Archaeology

Final 2016 SHA program (PDF)

2016 Conference Abstract Book

The year 2016 marks two significant anniversaries that are instrumental in the growth and development of Historical Archaeology: the creation of the National Park Service (NPS) 100 years ago and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 50 years ago. The NPS has long been a leader in United States heritage management, and the NHPA laid the groundwork for the development of the Cultural Resource Management industry and set the standards for federal recognition of archaeological properties. In order to commemorate these anniversaries, the 2016 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference is being held in our nation’s capital. The theme of the conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of archaeological resources important to the larger historical narrative of all people. Our theme is a broad vision that encourages participants to consider the impact of the NPS and NHPA on the history of Historical Archaeology, reflect on all aspects of our collective archaeological heritage, explore how it has been examined, interpreted,and preserved, and to exemplify a call to action by envisioning the best practices that we hope to pursue in the future.

Information on Awards and Prizes to be given at the 2016 Conference can be found at


Airports: To fly to the conference, choose from the following airports: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dulles (IAD), and Reagan National (DCA).  DCA is the closest to D.C., and you can catch the Metro from the airport to the Woodley Park/National Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station near the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  The only direct international flights into DCA are from eastern Canada, the Bahamas, and Bermuda.

To take the Metro to the Omni Shoreham from Reagan National, take the Blue or Yellow line trains.  You will need to transfer at Metro Center if you are traveling on the Blue Line or at Gallery Place if you are traveling on the Yellow Line to the Metro Red Line toward Shady Grove.  The Woodley Park/National Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station is on the Red Line.

To get to the Omni Shoreham from BWI and IAD, you will need to rent a car or take a bus, taxi or the Super Shuttle (see below for taxi costs).  For an economical ride to the hotel and back to the airport, you can make a reservation on the Super Shuttle online at or call 1-800-BlueVan.  IAD is also connected to the Metro system via a shuttle bus to Wiehle-Reston East station on the new Silver Line  (  BWI is connected to Union Station in central Washington (which then offers direct Metro service on the Red Line to the Woodley Park/Zoo station on the Metro Red Line) via a 35-minutes train ride on Amtrak; a free shuttle runs from the BWI airport to the Amtrak station.  See for more details.

Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Omni Shoreham Hotel, One Way
Taxi ($20-$25)
Super Shuttle ($12/person)
Car Service ($65)
Metro ($2.50)

Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Omni Shoreham Hotel, One Way
Taxi ($50-$65)
Super Shuttle ($29/person)
Car Service ($105)
Metro (up to $9.60, including $5 for shuttle bus to Wiehle-Reston East Metro station)

Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI)
Taxi ($75-$100)Super Shuttle ($37/person)
Car Service ($125)
Amtrak ($15-$30/person)

Train: Amtrak offers affordable options to Washington, D.C.  It drops off passengers at Union Station.  From Union Station to the Omni Shoreham Hotel, options include:
Taxi ($20)Metro ($5): Take the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove and exit at the Woodley Park/National Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Station.

Metro: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) began operation of the Metrorail (Metro) in 1976 and currently serves 91 stations.  Metrobus runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This is the easiest way to explore the District.  The Omni Shoreham is just a few minutes walk from the Woodley Park/National Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro Stations.  Please visit this link to plan your trip


All conference sessions will take place at the Omni Shoreham located at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC. Since 1930, the Omni Shoreham Hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls— the Beatles stayed here during their first trip to the United States. The hotel is located in one of the District’s upscale residential neighborhoods just steps away from the National Zoo.

The SHA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the special rate of $145.00 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. This rate will be offered three (3) days prior to, and three (3) days after, the meeting dates. The cut-off date for reservations in the SHA room block at the Omni Shoreham is Friday, December 18, 2015. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at the negotiated rate.

To make your reservations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for the SHA 2016 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, call 800-545-8700 and reference the SHA annual conference or click here.

  • Conference Chair(s): LouAnn Wurst (Western Michigan University) and Michael S. Nassaney (Western Michigan University)
  • Program Chairs: Julie Schablitsky (Maryland State Highway Administration) and Lisa Kraus (Maryland State Highway Administration/Maryland Environmental Service)
  • Underwater Chair: Paul Johnston (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Terrestrial Chair: John McCarthy (Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation)
  • Popular Program Director(s): Alexandra Jones (Archaeology in the Community) and Maureen Malloy (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Local Arrangement Chair: Florie Bugarin (Howard University)
  • Public Relations Director: Deborah Hull-Walski (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Tour and Events Director: Dan Sayers (American University)
  • Bookroom Coordinator: Fred Smith (College of William and Mary)
  • Social Media Liaisons: Christine Ames (EBI Consulting) and Sara Belkin (Boston University/Journal of Field Archaeology)
  • Volunteer Director: Erin Claussen (Independent Scholar)
  • Fund Raising/ Partnership Liaison: Julie King (St. Mary’s College)
  • Workshops: Carl Carlson Drexler (Arkansas Archeological Survey)

Online registration for the 2016 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology opens on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and will close on Friday, December 18, 2015.  After December 18, registration may be done on site at the conference.


The following will be exhibiting at the SHA 2016 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Manned Tables


Society for Historical Archaeology


Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA)


SHA 2017 Conference


Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA)


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation


The Archaeological Conservancy


Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA)


American Cultural Resources Association


Johnson, Mirmiran, and Thompson (JMT)


University of New Mexico Press



9 & 10

National Park Service Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC)

11, 12, & 13

National Geographic


Texas A&M University Press

16 & 17


18 & 19

Maryland State Highway Administration


New South Associates, Inc.


National Park Service Archeology Program


Left Coast Press, Inc.

24 & 25

University of Tennessee Press


Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology


Binghamton University


School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester


College of William & Mary Anthropology


Goucher College


Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)


University Press of Florida

35, 36 & 37

Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN)


The Center for Digital Antiquity



40 & 41

Society of Bead Researchers


Society for American Archaeology (SAA)


Naval History & Heritage Command


University Press of New England


Unmanned Tables


The University of Arizona Press


Making Archaeology Public Project (MAPP)


Program in Maritime Studies, East Carolina University


Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech University


Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP)


Alexandria Archaeology