Enduring and Elusive Freedoms

2022 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology
Philadelphia, PA
January 5-8, 2022

SHA 2022 Conference Program

SHA 2022 Conference Reg Form FILLABLE

Online registration is open from October 1, 2021 to December 15, 2021 at www.conftool.com/sha2022.

Conference Code of Conduct


The Society for Historical Archaeology is committed to providing a safe, respectful environment at its conferences. To that end, the SHA will promote a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. The SHA will not tolerate harassment in any form at any SHA-sponsored events.

Harassment includes offensive comments or behavior related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public space, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Outside of research presentations that include specific considerations of sexuality or sexual representations in the past, sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media.

Persons asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Society for Historical Archaeology may take any action it deems appropriate up to and including expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Any person, who feels they are being harassed, should contact SHA Executive Director Karen Hutchison (240-753-4397) to report the incident. Incidents will be investigated, and a decision on appropriate action will be reached in a timely manner by a committee comprised of SHA members.

About Philadelphia

The Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2022 conference committee invites you to join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for our annual conference on historical and underwater archaeology. The 2022 SHA conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on January 5-8, 2022.

Philadelphia is located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Home to the Lenape, in the 17th century the Delaware Valley was a contested ground, claimed by the Dutch, Swedes, and English. In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, established the city that would grow to be the largest in colonial North America. Philadelphia has a long and storied history. It was the site of the First and Second Continental Congresses, served briefly as the national capital (1790-1800), weathered a devastating Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793, and was home, long before the Civil War, to a sizeable free African American community. Indeed, the African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century. A city of immigrants and industries, and home to numerous cultural, intellectual, and educational organizations, Philadelphia has been called the “Athens of America.”

Modern Philadelphia is a vibrant, multi-cultural world city. Home to the Phillies and the Eagles, the famous Mummer’s Parade, and of course cheese steaks and Gritty*. It is also one of the birthplaces of North American historical archaeology. John Cotter taught the first course in Historical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, and Philadelphia and its environs have long been a living laboratory, studied by faculty and students from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, numerous CRM firms and, of late, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum.

This year’s theme, “Enduring and Elusive Freedoms,” reflects Philadelphia’s place in American history as a center of patriotic activity during the American Revolution (at least when the British weren’t occupying the city) and its critical role in the abolition movement. At the same time, our theme recognizes that the lofty ideals put forward two-and-a-half centuries ago remain imperfectly realized. The fight for liberty, freedom, and equality is not a single event, but a continuing process. Historical archaeology, as history from the ground up, has much to add to this discussion and is a powerful tool for revealing and addressing injustices past and present. While the conference committee encourages papers on all forms of historical and underwater archaeology, we especially encourage papers that speak to the conference theme. Presentations by students, both undergraduate and graduate, are particularly welcome.

*For those unfamiliar with Gritty, he is the mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers. Standing seven feet tall, he is orange and shaggy with googly eyes. He also has a bit of an attitude.

Getting To and Around

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is a hub for American Airlines and all other major and some minor airlines have numerous flights each day. There are no hotel-airport shuttles available. Cab far from the Philadelphia Airport to downtown is $28.50, and rideshare services Uber and Lyft are also available.

Train service via AMTRAK is available through Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania also have a robust trolly/rail system, SEPTA (www.septa.org).

Car Rental
Most car rental companies are available in Philadelphia, however, parking is limited in center city.

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Richard Veit: rveit@monmouth.edu
Chris Matthews matthewsc@montclair.edu

Program Chairs:
John McCarthy: delmarvajohn@gmail.com
Kyle Edwards: kwe3py@virginia.edu

Terrestrial Chairs:
Wade Catts Wadecatts@gmail.com
Ed Morin ed.morin@aecom.com

Underwater Chair:
William Hoffman William.hoffman@boem.gov

Popular Program Chair:
Kelly Britt KellyM.Britt@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Local Arrangements Chair and Tours:
Meta Janowitz metacer68@gmail.com
Debbie Miller debmiller@hotmail.com
Jed Levin jed_levin@nps.gov
Doug Mooney douglas.mooney@aecom.com

Volunteer Coordinators:
Meagan Ratini meagan.ratini@aecom.com
Jenn Ogborne jho@digshistory.com

Workshop Coordinator:
Ed Gonzalez Tennant Edward.gonzalez-tennant@ucf.edu

Bookroom Coordinators:
Adam Heinrich aheinrich@monmouth.edu
Rebecca Yamin rwyamin@verizon.net
Allie Crowder aucrowder@gmail.com

Traditional Crafts:
Mark Nonestied mark.nonestied@co.middlesex.nj.us

Social Media
Alexis Alemy alexisalemy@gmail.com

Richard Veit and Chris Matthews

Accessibility and Inclusion:
Send inquiries to hq@sha.org.

Roundtable luncheons:
Jim Delle james.delle@gmail.com
Mary Ann Levine maryann.levine@fandm.edu

Conference Venue and Hotel Information

The SHA 2022 Conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Daily room rates are $179.00 single/double occupancy. Additional persons in a room will be charged $20.00.

To book your room in the SHA block at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, click on: https://book.passkey.com/gt/218246738?gtid=6a819f99f392d00bbba362bc469f1a2d

Conference Program

The SHA 2022 Conference program can be found at www.conftool.com/sha2022. Click on the conference program link above the green Account Login button.

Conference Tours

Defending the Capital City – A Tour of Revolution
In 1777, the capital of the fledgling United States of America was Philadelphia. In the late summer of that year, a Crown Forces army commanded by Sir William Howe supported by a British fleet commanded by Lord Richard Howe, invaded the Delaware Valley. This day-long tour, led by Dr. David Orr and Wade Catts, will explore several of the sites of war from the Philadelphia Campaign where recent and/or ongoing archaeological work illuminate the historical record. We will begin the tour at the site of Fort Mercer at Red Bank on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. One of a pair of forts built to protect Philadelphia, the battle fought at Fort Mercer was a significant defeat for the Crown Forces. Our next stop will be the battlefield of Paoli where a night-time bayonet attack badly mauled an American force. We’ll then proceed to Valley Forge National Historical Park, where the American Continental Army commanded by George Washington spent the winter of 1777-1778, emerging from that encampment as a better trained and more professional fighting force. Over the decades archaeology at Valley Forge has investigated brigade camps, headquarters, and training areas, and the RPA Advanced Metal Detecting class was recently held at the park. These sites will be highlighted on the tour. Lunch will be box lunches. Tour limited to 40.

Walking Tour of Philadelphia Old City—History and Urban Archaeology in the City of Brotherly Love
Philadelphia is not only the site of some of the most significant events associated with the Revolution and the founding of the United States, but it is also one of the birthplaces of urban archaeology. This guided walking tour will visit sites connected to both aspects of Philadelphia history, including the President’s House (the first White House), the National Constitution Center, and Franklin Court among many others. The tours will be led by Jed Levin and Rebecca Yamin, experts on Philadelphia’s history and archaeology who have led numerous excavations across the Old City. Lunch before or after on your own.

1st Group 10am-noon; 2nd Group 2pm-4pm. Each group will be limited to 20 people.

Historic Germantown: Freedom’s Backyard Tour
This tour of America’s longest National Historic District includes visits to three National Historic Landmarks: Cliveden, the Johnson House, and Stenton. These historic house museums, located in a dense, underserved community of northwest Philadelphia, strive to tell stories that reflect their neighborhoods through community engagement, both individually and collaboratively. Site visits will include discussions of on-site archaeology and the importance and challenges of telling stories centered on the African American experience. The Johnson House, built in 1768 by a Quaker family, became a station on the Underground Railway. Johnson family members were staunch abolitionists who worked with prominent African American leaders like William Still to support freedom seekers on their journey north. Cliveden, a country house built by Benjamin Chew in 1767, found itself at the center of the American Revolution on October 4, 1777, during the Battle of Germantown. New interpretive approaches have focused on telling the stories of enslaved Africans and African Americans who lived and labored at Cliveden and other Chew Properties. Stenton is the c.1730 country house of James Logan, William Penn’s agent and Secretary. One of the earliest house museums in the nation, Stenton recently concluded a two-year community inclusive project to plan and create a new memorial to Dinah, a once-enslaved woman who gained her freedom and was credited with saving the house during the Revolution. Lunch will be provided at Cliveden and the tour will end with beers (cash bar) and good cheer at Attic Brewing Company. Tour limited to 40.

Guided Tour of the I-95 Archaeology Center – Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants, and Industry

Located just north of Center City Philadelphia in the popular Fishtown neighborhood, the I-95 Archaeology Center is the temporary working laboratory and public-outreach venue for AECOM’s ongoing I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project. The project area extends for three miles through the ancestral lands of the Lenape (Delaware) people, later settled largely by immigrants who brought diverse cultures to the growing industrial Delaware River waterfront. Approximately one and a half million artifacts dating from 6500 B.C. to the early twentieth century have been recovered thus far. The Center’s interpretive exhibits explore change over time through the material culture of everyday life, the archaeology of local industries and their products, and more. During the tour, AECOM archaeologists will share details of the field and lab work. Tour participants will also have an opportunity to investigate the creative technology currently being used to showcase project results. Staff will be on hand to discuss 3D modeling and printing, augmented reality, interactive website and database development, and geospatial mapping. 

1st Group 10am – noon; 2nd Group 2pm – 4pm. Each bus group will be limited to 40 people. The tour will start at the entrance to Penn Treaty Park, across the street from the Center. Buses depart at the end of the tour. Lunch should be taken before or after on your own. Located at 900 East Columbia Avenue, the Center will be open 10am to 4pm on Thursday for participants who wish to visit on their own.


Registration for the SHA 2022 Conference in Historical and Underwater Archaeology opens Friday, October 1, 2021 at www.conftool.com/sha2022. The advance registration period runs from October 1, 2021 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021. After December 1, registration rates increase.

Pre-conference registration closes on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. After December 15, all registrations must be done on site at the Conference. Contact the SHA office at hq@sha.org if you have questions on registering for the SHA 2022 Conference.

Download the SHA 2022 Conference Reg Form FILLABLE.

SHA 2022 Conference Coronavirus Policy

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is prepared to follow all COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the conference to ensure the safety and well-being of our attendees. We expect all attendees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Proof of vaccination status will be requested during the conference. Anyone without proof of vaccination will be required to show proof of a recent (with 3 days), negative Covid-19 test. Bring your vaccination card or proof of a recent, negative Covid-19 test with you to the conference.

As of September 1, 2021, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown has a mask requirement in place, and Philadelphia requires masks or proof of vaccination at all indoor public spaces. Advance tickets or reservations are recommended or necessary at many spots. Check online at
https://www.visitphilly.com/covid-19-resources-for-greater-philadelphia/ for up to date information.

Student Volunteer Opportunities

Student volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of an SHA Conference. By assisting with a variety of duties – from registration and Book Room set-up to the special events and the sessions themselves – volunteers are a key component of the Conference’s smooth operation.

The SHA is looking for student volunteers to give eight hours of their time during the SHA 2022 Conference in exchange for free conference registration. If you are a student and would like to volunteer your time in exchange for the opportunity to attend the SHA 2022 Conference at no charge, complete the Student Volunteer Form below and return it with your conference registration form to SHA Headquarters (hq@sha.org) by December 1, 2021. In the registration fee area on the conference registration form, write Comp/Volunteer. Should you wish to register for any workshops, tours, Roundtable Luncheons, the Thursday evening reception at the Museum of the American Revolution or the Awards Dessert Reception, please include your payment for these events on your registration form. ALSO, please indicate below when you will NOT be available to volunteer (i.e. times when you are presenting or are participating in a tour/workshop).

Applications will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis until December 1, 2021. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator regarding the date/time of your volunteer assignment.

2022 Conference Student Volunteer Form

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Conference Sponsorship

For more than five decades the SHA has been at the forefront in the dissemination of scholarly research on historical archaeology in North America and beyond. Our annual conference is our major opportunity to share with others our most recent research findings, advances in theories and methods, strategies for improving public archaeology, etc. We invite you to be a sponsor of the conference!

The 2022 Conference offers numerous sponsorship opportunities, and the 2022 Conference Committee welcomes innovative ideas for sponsorship. If you have such an idea, please contact SHA headquarters (hq@sha.org) to start the discussions.

Download the SHA 2022 Sponsorship Form.

2022 Awards and Prizes

Information on applying for all of the awards and prizes for the SHA 2022 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology can be found at: https://sha.org/about-us/awards-and-prizes/.

Instructions for Poster Presenters

Each presenter will get one side of a two-sided poster board. The poster boards are 4′ by 8′ horizontal.

Exhibitor Prospectus

The SHA 2022 Conference will host a Book Room that will include exhibits of products, services, and publications from companies and other organizations in the archaeological community. The SHA welcomes exhibitors, who share its mission and agree with its Ethics Principles, the SHA Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy, and its Conference Code of Conduct, at the 2022 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, January 5-8, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Download the 2022 Conference Exhibitor Prospectus here.

Program Advertising

The SHA welcomes advertisers in its Conference Program. If you’re interested in advertising, please complete the form below and send it to Karen Hutchison at karen@sha.org no later than November 8, 2021.

SHA 2022 Conference Program Book Advertising Contract

Student Ethics Bowl

Are you a student interested in archaeological dilemmas? Do you want to prepare yourself for the challenges of your professional career? Are you looking for an exciting way to participate in a professional international conference AND win prize money?

Then sign up your team or as an individual for the ninth annual Student Ethics Bowl hosted by the SHA Academic and Professional Training Student Subcommittee at the upcoming Society for Historical Archaeology meeting in Philadelphia, January 2022.

This event is designed to challenge students in terrestrial and underwater archaeology with case studies relevant to ethical issues that they may encounter in their careers. Teams will be scored on clarity, depth, focus, and judgment in their responses. The bowl is intended to foster both good-natured competition and camaraderie between students from many different backgrounds and universities. Come join us! All are encouraged to attend this public event and cheer on the teams and student representatives in this competition.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in fun rounds of friendly competition. Individual students can sign up and we will coordinate teams or students are welcome to form their own teams. Participants will be given cases in advance and winners selected based on team solutions to ethical problems.

For additional information and to register for this event, please email shaethicsbowl@gmail.

Download the 2022 SHA Ethics Bowl flyer.

Pre-Conference Committee Meeting

Academic and Professional Training Committee
Friday, December 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST
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Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology

ACUA Board Meeting, General Session (VIRTUAL)
Dec. 7, 2021, 2-5 PM EST
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jyh-giik-rar
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪507 143 655 9084#
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Collections and Curation Committee
Topic: SHA Collections and Curation Committee Meeting
Time: Dec 3, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Development Committee
Topic: SHA Development Committee Meeting
Time: Dec 9, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Heritage At Risk Committee
Topic: SHA HARC meeting for 2022 conference
Time: Dec 8, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Public Education and Interpretation Committee
Topic: PEIC Annual Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2021
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Accessible Presentations and Posters Guide

The following information from the SHA 2022 Conference Access Package provides some valuable tips on making your conference presentation accessible.

Accessible Presentations and Posters Guide

There are a number of extremely comprehensive guides out there on the internet that cover the creation of accessible conference presentations and posters, and at the end of this section you can find our recommendations for those.

You might worry that making a presentation or poster “accessible” may be difficult or take too much time, but we would ask you to consider that making your research as accessible as possible is an integral part of archaeology, and makes us all better scholars, educators, and communicators. Including our fellow archaeologists in the work we do should be considered equally as important as including stakeholders, community members, government entities, and the general public. If we are making our work inaccessible to our fellow archaeologists, we do our entire discipline a disservice.

That being said, some of the best advice for creating an accessible poster or presentation is rooted in simplicity. Some of the top recommendations we have are as follows:

  • Limit words on presentation slides and posters; instead of writing out paragraphs of complex information, think critically about the most important components of slide/section and use short, descriptive sentences that can be expanded upon in your verbal discussion and written resources you may make available.
  • Use a microphone if one is available– no matter how loud your voice may be. Make sure your speech is slow and measured, and that your audience can see your face whenever you are speaking. Facial expressions are key to understanding meaning in many cases, and turning away from the audience limits their ability to fully understand your research.
  • Make an effort to include content warnings at the beginning of your presentations, especially when dealing with potentially traumatic subjects. Many historical archaeologists work on sites of violence and oppression, as well as with human remains, and we strongly urge you to question whether an image is strictly necessary before you include it in your presentation.
  • If at all possible try to finish your paper/presentation notes well ahead of time so they can be shared digitally or in hard copy format to those who may request them. Consider including a shortened link to a digital document containing your slide notes or paper on your first slide, and read out the link if possible.
  • Have your conference presentation or poster, and any associated notes, available on a USB/memory stick for people who use screen readers, cannot hear your verbal descriptions, or may take longer to process your presentation for any number of reasons.
  • Use sans serif fonts, which do not include the decorative lines called “serifs” seen on the end of letters like T or F. The most common (and free) sans serif fonts are Arial (which this document is typed in), Verdana, Calibri, and Tahoma.
  • When creating figures and designing your presentation slides, ensure that the colors you use are part of a color blind friendly palette.
  • Describe all figures used in presentations — charts, graphs, photos, etc. Do not assume everyone can see the details of the images you are using to communicate your research. Try to use captions for images as much as possible.
  • Selectively use bold and italics when writing out long portions of text.
  • Make sure that your poster does not have any projecting parts that may impede people’s ability to easily pass through the poster room. Dioramas and displays can be useful tools, but please be aware of how much space you are taking up.
  • Take a moment at the beginning of your presentation to let the audience know if they can livetweet or otherwise post online about your research.
  • Make sure any videos included in presentations or associated with posters have subtitles.
  • Ensure that text is adequately sized— generally speaking, anything under size 24 font is going to be unreadable from the back of a conference room.
  • On posters, consider filming or typing up a short (under 5 minute) version of your in-person poster presentation and making that available for people who visit your poster via a clearly marked QR code.
  • Be aware of your time limits, and do not go over time. Not only do you inconvenience your fellow presenters, but by taking up more than your allotted time you may impede someone’s ability to leave the room. This can disrupt medication, breastfeeding, and other self-determined schedules, perhaps even cause lasting harm to people with a variety of health issues that require them to follow a tight and precise schedule.

Further Resources for Accessible Presentations and Posters

W3 – Web Accessibility Initiative Website