Advancing Frontiers: Where the Next 50 Years of SHA Begins

SHA 2017 Fort Worth, Texas January 4-8, 2017

Download the SHA 2017 Preliminary Program Revised

Download the SHA 2017 Conference Final Program

2017 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology
Abstract Book

The agenda of conference sessions can be accessed on the ConfTool log in page (
The link to the conference program is directly above the green Account Login bar on the landing page.

Getting To and Around Fort Worth, Texas

Airport Transportation

If you fly into Fort Worth, TX, you may choose from the following airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), and Dallas Love Field Airport (LUV). DFW is closer to the conference hotel and is approximately a 20 minute drive. Transportation options include:

Taxi service: Approximately $55 each way
GO Yellow Checker Shuttle – offers guests the choice of vans or sedans; book online or call (866) 903-1900
Shuttle service: Available 24 hours; (972) 615-2410
Trinity Railway Express: $1.50 one way. T&P Station located two blocks from the hotel

From Dallas Love Field:
Taxi service: Approximately $75 each way
Shuttle service: Available 24 hours; (972) 615-2410

Through the Uber app, Uber connects riders to drivers. For more information, see

AMTRAK—the hotel is located five blocks from the Amtrak Station

Trolley Service
Molly the Trolley free trolley service with routes through downtown; picks up in front of the hotel

The Venue: Omni Forth Worth Hotel

All conference sessions will take place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel located at 1300 Houston Street across from the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Recently constructed in 2009 near the heart of downtown Fort Worth and Sundance Square, the upscale hotel has an understated elegant western theme with native stone and hardwood decors. It boasts rooftop gardens, the Cast Iron Restaurant, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, the spacious Whisky and Rye bar, and the Wine Thief wine bar. The SHA has reserved a limited numbers of rooms for the conference at a rate of $139.00 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. This rate will be available from December 31 to January 8, 2017 and will expire if not booked before December 9, 2016.

You may reserve your room online at or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and referring to the Society for Historical Archaeology and 2017 Conference.

Conference Committee
  • Conference Chair(s): Amy Borgens and Tiffany Osburn (Texas Historical Commission)
  • Program Chairs: Todd Ahlman (Center for Archaeological Studies, Texas State University)
  • Underwater Chair: Fritz Hanselmann (University of Miami)
  • Terrestrial Chair: Tamra Walter (Texas Tech University)
  • Popular Program Director(s):
  • Local Arrangement Chair: TBA
  • Public Relations Director: Texas Historical Commission
  • Tour and Events Director: Chris Meis (Tarrant County Archeological Society)
  • Social Media Liaisons: Mason Miller (AmaTerra Environmental Inc.)
  • Volunteer Director: Glynn Osburn (Tarrant County Archeological Society)
  • Fund Raising/ Partnership Liaison:
  • Workshops: Carl Carlson Drexler (Arkansas Archeological Survey)
  • Photographer: Victoria Hawley
Conference Materials and Files

Registration will open on Monday, October 3, 2016.  Advance registration rates will be available until Friday, December 2, 2016.  After December 2, registration rates will increase.  Preregistration will close at 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, December 19, 2016.  On-site registration will be available beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Fort Worth. 

You can register online at  You may also mail in your conference registration form with check or credit card information to the SHA, 13017 Wisteria Dr. #395, Germantown, MD 20874 by December 19, 2016. 

SHA 2017 Conference Registration Form – FILLABLE

All registration refund requests must be received in writing by the SHA and postmarked no later than December 9, 2016.  You will be refunded fees paid minus a $50 processing fee.  No refunds will be given after December 9, 2016.  Please note this Cancellation Policy applies in all circumstances (including medical) and as such we strongly recommend all registrants ensure they have purchased sufficient and appropriate travel insurance coverage  Refund requests should be emailed to the SHA at or mailed to the address in the preceding paragraph. 

Student Volunteer Opportunities

Student volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of every SHA Conference.   The SHA is looking for student volunteers to give eight hours of their time during the SHA 2017 Conference in exchange for free conference registration.  If you are a student and would like to volunteer your time and earn the opportunity to attend the SHA 2017 Conference at no charge, complete the Student Volunteer form and return it with your Conference Registration Form to the SHA by December 1, 2016.

2017 Volunteer Form

SHA 2017 Conference Reg Form – Volunteer

Conference Sponsorship

The SHA needs your help to celebrate our golden anniversary!  For 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 and to help us make the 50th anniversary in Fort Worth the best conference yet!

Download the SHA 2017 Sponsorship Form.

Download the Texas Sponsorship Roundup!

2017 Awards and Prizes

Information on applying for the 2017 Conference awards and prizes can be found at: