Past Conference Agenda Archive

Past spring & fall conference programs with abstracts of the various presentations, bio's of some of the speakers and field trip information, in downloadable PDF's.


1992 NEARA Spring Meeting

America Before Columbus

a personal retrospective

by Suzanne Carlson

Perhaps the most important, if not the most rigorous effort in the nearly fifty years of NEARA's history was the ABC (America Before Columbus) four day Conference in June of 1992 held on the campus of Brown University. George Carter, Geographer, archaeologist, Renaissance man, defender of early man in America and of transoceanic diffusion was honorary chairman.

ABC full version 


As the sun wheel spins its way through the NEARA year on toward the Winter Solstice, it is time hunker down and plan research projects before spring is once more upon us. At the end of October, NEARA members beat hurricane Sandy with Friday field trips and rainy Sunday trips. None the less, the fall meeting at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, Massachusetts drew a good and enthusiastic crowd. The Friday program began with Sue Carlson revisiting the original ABC conference followed by more reminiscences of NEARA by Donna Martin and on Saturday by Ida Jane Gallagher on NEARA pioneers.

The high point was the banquet speaker, Steve Jett, editor of Pre-Columbiana and long time defender of transoceanic diffusion who brought us up to date onn changes in the last twenty years. Perhaps the greatest change has been in genetics, and molecular anthropologist Theodore Schurr presented a comprehensive overview of its effect on current research on ancestral native Americans. Other speakers included geologist-geophysicist Robert Schoch's preview of his latest research on the earliest civilizations, NEARA's Peter Anick and Steve Voluckas also gave presentations on transatlantic crossings. Anthropologist Curtis Hoffman joined the afternoon panel discussion that was informative and though provoking

Special thanks to Glenn Kreisberg and Peter Anick for pulling it all together. Thanks to Donna Thompson and Nancy Berke as always for doing a yeoman's job in book sales, Don Winkley and Bob Brown at the registration table, and Margaret Venator and Cindy Hook for tending to membership and raffle.

And once more, to all the attendees, old and new who always bring the enthusiasm and create the dynamic interplay that characterizes NEARA. Thank you all!

After the end of mud season and the arrival of April showers, NEARA members will be heading south to Danbury, Connecticut for the 2013 Spring Meeting. Save the dates: April 26-28 2013.


Fall 2016
October 28-30, 2016
Billerica, Massachusetts
Keynote by Dr. Gary Urton: "Landscapes and ‘Skyscapes’ in Native South American Cosmologies".

Spring 2016
April 29–May 1, 2016
South Portland, Maine
Keynote by Dr. Curtiss Hoffman: "Native American Stone Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard".

Fall 2015
October 23-25, 2015
Rutland, Vermont
Keynote by Herman Bender: "North American Bear Myths and Rituals: Moon, Women & Stars"

Spring 2015
April 24–26, 2015
Kingston, New York
Keynote by Michael Gramly: "The Bowser Road Site: A Clovis-Age Disarticulated Mastodon and Associated Ivory, Stone and Bone Tools"

Fall 2014
October 31–November 2, 2014
Nashua, New Hampshire
Keynote by Dr. Michael Waters: "In Search of the First Americans: The Archaeological and Genetic Evidence for the Ice Age Peopling of the Americas".

Spring 2014
April 11-13, 2014
Warwick, RI
Keynote by Dr. Johannes Loubser: "Ethnography and archaeology of southern Appalachian petroglyphs and piled stone features".

Fall 2013
October 25 to 27, 2013
Springfield, Massachusetts
Keynote by Lucianne Lavin: "Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology & Oral Traditions tell us about their Philosophy & Spirituality"

Spring 2013
April 26 to 29, 2013
Danbury, Connecticut
Keynote by several speakers: "Traditional Native Amerian Story Tellint".

Fall 2012
Taunton, Massachusetts
Kenote by Stephen Jett: “What’s New Since '92? Six Evidentiary Revolutions in
the Pre- Columbian Transoceanic Contact Controversy"
Spring 2012
April 20 -22, 2012
Concord, New Hampshire
Keynote by John Major Jenkins: " An Interpretation of the Mayan 2012 Cosmogenesis"

Fall 2011
South Burlington, VT,
Keynote by Dr. Harry Holstein: " The Myth of the Stone Mound Builders, Preliminary Documentation and Research on Native American Stone Structure Sites in Alabama and the Eastern United States."

Spring 2011
April 20-May 1, 2011
South Portland, ME,
Keynote by Dr. Dennis Stanford: “Recent Developments and New Perspectives in
American Archaeology.”

Fall 2010
November 12 - 14, 2010
Storrs, Connecticut
Keynote by Dr. Nickolas Bellantoni: “Pre-Contact Archaeology & Ethnohistory of the New World ”

Spring 2010
April 16 - 18, 2010
Kingston, New York
Keynote by John Anthony West: “Rebel Egyptology”

Fall 2009
Nov 13-15, 2009
Boxborough, Massachusetts
Keynote by Ted Timreck and John Goff: “The Legacy of Mavor and Dix”

Spring 2009
April 24-26, 2009
Keene, New Hampshire
Keynote by Robert M. Schoch: “Global Patterns of Transoceanic Dispersal in
Ancient Times: New Evidence on the Driving Factors, and a
Warning for the Present”

Fall 2008
November 7-9, 2008
Newport, Rhode Island
Keynote by Jean-Daniel Stanley: “Coastal and Marine Geoarchaeology: Exploration and Recent Discoveries of Ancient Buried and Submerged Sites”