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Landscapes, Entrepôts, and Global Currents

SHA 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana January 3-6, 2018

The abstract submission deadline for the SHA 2018 Conference has been extended to July 15, 2017.

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Download the SHA 2018 Conference Preliminary Program.

Download the SHA 2018 Conference Final Program

Getting To and Around New Orleans


Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) MSY is located 16 miles west of the Marriott New Orleans.


New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal (NOL)- New Orleans is serviced by Amtrak. The train station in located downtown, one mile from the conference hotel.

Ground Transportation (from Airport)

Airport Shuttle New Orleans Shuttle service is available to and from the airport and Marriott New Orleans. Currently, fares are $24 one-way and $44 roundtrip (U.S.).

Taxicabs Taxicabs are available at the lower level curbside, outside of baggage claim belts 1 and 14. Currently, fare to the French Quarter starts at $36 (U.S.) flat rate, and for three or more passengers fare is $15 (U.S.) per passenger.

Car RentalMost major car rental companies operate out of MSY and are located at the consolidated rental car facility.

Public Transportation Most of the metropolitan area is serviced by two transit systems: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the Jefferson Transit (JeT) (for Jefferson Parish where the airport is located). For options involving public transit from the airport to the French Quarter, there are two possibilities: RTA’s 202-Airport Express or JeT’s E2-Airport Route in combination with the other RTA routes.

Rideshare Approved rideshare services (or ride-hailing or ride-booking service companies such as Lyft and Uber) meet customers in the Ground Transportation Center located on the first floor of the Short-Term Parking Garage.

Ground Transportation (around the city)

Public Transportation New Orleans RTA is the city’s public transportation system offering bus, streetcar, and ferry service throughout the city. The Canal Streetcar line passes right in front of the conference hotel and the famous St. Charles Streetcar line—a National Historic Landmark—is only a few blocks away. Fare for most services currently is $1.25 (U.S.) (or less for those over 65).

Rideshare Uber and Lyft are operational in New Orleans.

Taxicabs Taxicabs are usually plentiful and can be hailed by the hotel staff. The largest cab company is United Cab which has their own booking app. Visit the United Cab website at for more information.

Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chair(s): Christopher Horrell (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) and Andrea White (Louisiana State University)

Program Co-Chairs: Melanie Damour (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) and Meredith Hardy (National Park Service)

Underwater Co-Chairs: Amanda Evans (FEMA Region VI) and Matt Keith (Echo Offshore, LLC)

Terrestrial Co-Chairs: Ryan Gray (University of New Orleans) and Steve Dasovich (Lindenwood University)

Popular Program Directors: Irina Sorset (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) and Scott Sorset (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

Local Arrangements Chair/Tour and Events Director: Doug Jones (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) and Barry Bleichner (SEARCH, Inc.)

Bookroom Coordinator: Dave Ball (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

Social Media Liaison: Leila Hamdan (University of Southern Mississippi)

Volunteer Directors: Willie Hoffman (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) and Sarah Linden (Texas Historical Commission)

Fund Raising/Partnership Liaison: Abigail Casavant (SEARCH, Inc.)

Workshops Director: Carl Carlson-Drexler (University of Arkansas)

The Venue: New Orleans Marriott Hotel

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the New Orleans Marriott offers easy access to the best restaurants in the city, an array of live music venues, and Bourbon Street night life. Nearby attractions include the National WWII Museum, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and the bustling French Market. All reservations within the SHA room block (please see information below) include free high-speed internet access. The hotel offers two restaurants, an on-site Starbucks coffee shop, an outdoor saltwater pool, and state-of-the-art fitness center. All conference sessions will take place at the New Orleans Marriott.

The SHA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the special rate of $169.00 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. The cut-off date for reservations in the SHA room block at the New Orleans Marriott is Monday, December 11, 2017.

You may reserve your room online at or by calling 800-654-3990 or 1-504-581-1000 and referring to the Society for Historical Archaeology and the 2018 Conference.

Preliminary Program and Conference Registration

Registration for the SHA 2018 Conference opens October 1, 2017.  To register online, go to  The advance registration periods runs from October 1, 2017 to Friday, December 1, 2017.  After December 1, registration rates increase.  Online registration will close on Friday, December 15, 2017.  After that date, all registrations must be done on site at the Conference.

PLEASE NOTE: All presenters at the SHA 2018 Conference MUST register by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  Presenters who fail to register by November 1 will have their paper/poster removed from the conference program.

Download the SHA 2018 Conference Registration Form.

SHA 2018 Conference Preliminary Program

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 2018 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 2018 Conference at no charge, complete the Student Volunteer form and return it with your Conference Registration Form to the SHA at

Download the 2018 Conference Volunteer Form Final.

Download the SHA 2018 Conference Registration Form.

Conference Sponsorship

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!

SHA 2018 Conference Sponsorship Form

2018 Awards and Prizes

Information on applying for the 2018 Conference awards and prizes can be found at:

Instructions for Poster Presenters