Eastern States Archeological Federation Annual Meetings

Eastern States Archeological Federation

90th Annual Meeting, October 26-29, 2023, Ocean City, Maryland


Holiday Inn Oceanfront
(410) 524-1600
6600 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842

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Hotel Rates

$69.00 Wed & Thurs + tax per night.
$84.00 Fri & Sat + tax per night.

Tours: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 9 AM - 5 PM

Zwaanendeal Museum - His Majesty’s Sloop Debraak

Zwaanendeal Museum

The Archaeological Society of Delaware (ASD) offers tours of the Zwannendael Museum in Lewes, DE, to view the famous HMS Shipwreck DeBraak as well as the Nanticoke Indian Museum, in Millsboro, DE. We will be carpooling to these locations.

His Majesty’s Sloop Debraak 1798 Shipwreck exhibit.
Admission $10 per person.

We plan lunch at the Crooked Hammock Restaurant in Lewes. Lunch is on your own.

Nanticoke Indian Museum Admission

Thereafter, we will drive to the Nanticoke Indian Museum, to learn their past, cultural history and endeavors to expand and share their culture, returning to Ocean City by 5:00 pm. $3 per person.

  2023 ESAF Tour Brochure

Annual Meeting Resources

Register for Conference

Annual Banquet Keynote Speaker

Julia A. King is an associate professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Revisiting Portobago: A Mid- to Late 17th Century Trading Post on the Rappahannock River in Virginia

The Native town of Portobago (1680-1705), located at the head of seagoing navigation in the Rappahannock River, sat at the intersection of Atlantic markets to the east and the Mississippian shatter zone to the west and south. Previously viewed through a localized lens, after reanalysis, Portobago emerges as a key space for interpreting regional Indigenous responses to colonial expansion. A coalescence of Native communities from Maryland and Virginia, Portobago played a critical but virtually undocumented role at the end of the 17th century in the shaping of Virginia’s Atlantic World economy, including the movement of guns, Indigenous slaves, and animal skins between Europe and the Southeastern US. As settlers manipulated traditional practices of Indigenous warfare to serve European consumer desires, Indigenous communities and individuals forged local strategies for survival through cooperation and resistance. These strategies became evident by taking a global view of the riverine corridors along which this expansion occurred. The findings from Portobago reveal both the importance of archaeological evidence in the writing of early American history and the value of revisiting legacy collections.

Julia A. King has 30 years experience studying, teaching, and writing about historical archaeology and Chesapeake history and culture. Dr. King has received six major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has held fellowships with Dumbarton Oaks, the Virginia Historical Society, Winterthur Museum, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. From 2003 until 2011, King served as an Expert Member on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a Federal agency that advises the president and Congress on matters of national historic preservation policy. In 2018, the Society for Historical Archaeology presented King with the J.C. Harrington Award in recognition of her scholarly contributions to the discipline. She has also received awards from the Register for Professional Archaeologists and the Archaeological Society of Virginia.

King's book, Archaeology, Narrative, and the Politics of the Past: The View from Southern Maryland, received a Book Award from the American Association of State and Local History in 2013. Her most recent publication, in collaboration with Scott M. Strickland and Rappahannock Chief Anne Richardson, "Rappahannock Oral Tradition, John Smith’s Map of Virginia, and Political Authority in the Algonquian Chesapeake," appeared in the January issue of William and Mary Quarterly. Her current research focus includes Indigenous history and colonialism in the Chesapeake region.

Annual Meeting

Proposals for organized thematic sessions are welcome. Individual papers will be placed in general sessions. Posters will be centralized with a designated presentation session.

Primary authors must be members of ESAF. One paper per primary author. There is no limit on the number of co-authorships. Primary author and presenter must register for the meeting by August 25, 2023.

Student participation scholarships are available. Student authors may complete for The Student Paper Prize.

 Student Paper Competition


The Annual Meeting will be a hybrid format allowing both in-person and remote presentation and attendance over Zoom. Remote presentations will be pre-recorded. In-person papers will be presented live.


Abstract Submissions, Registration Fees, and Membership Dues for Presenters Due:
September 15, 2023

Registration for Non-Presenters
October 20, 2023

Conference Fees (in US Dollars)
Registration: $45
Student Registration $20

Saturday Banquet
(Italian Buffet w/ vegetarian options): $55 per person

Contact Information

Submit Thematic Session Proposals and Questions about Abstracts to

Stephen Israel,
Program Chair

For General Inquiries, Please Contact

Zac Singer,
ESAF President Zachary.Singer@Maryland.Gov

Book Room Chair

John Nass
ESAF President

General Presentation Guidelines

  • Presenter(s) must be individual members of ESAF for 2021.
  • Registration fees and membership dues for ALL presenters are due by September 10, 2023. Membership dues and conference registration may be paid via PayPal. An individual can be the primary author on only one paper or poster, but may be a co-author on other papers or posters. Workshop participants may also present papers.
  • In addition to the title and abstract (150 words or fewer), provide name, affiliation, address, phone, and email address for each presenter. Please include audio-visual requirements. Thematic session chairs should identify participants.
  • The first name listed as a paper's author is considered to be the presenter.

Annual Meeting Procedures

Past Meetings

2022 Shippensburg, Pennsylvania  

2021 Virtual Program  

2019 Langhorne, PA  

2018 Watertown, NY 

2017 New London, CT 

2016 Langhorne, PA 

2015 Midland, Ontario, Canada 

2014 Solomons, MD 

2013 South Portland, ME 

2012 Perrysburg, OH 

2011 Mount Laurel, NJ 

2010 Williamsburg, VA 

2009 Johnstown, PA 

2008 Lockport, NY 

2007 Burlington, VT

2006 Fitchburg, MA

2005 Williamsburg, VA

2004 Midland, Ontario

2003 Mount Laurel, NJ

2002 Mount Laurel, NJ

2001 Watertown, NY

2000 Solomons Island, MD

1999 Kings Island, OH

1998 Wilkes-Barre, PA

1997 Mount Laurel, NJ

1996 Huntington, WV

1995 Wilmington, DE

1994 Albany, NY

1993 Bangor, ME

1992 Pittsburgh, PA

1991 Williamsburg, VA

1990 Columbus, OH

1989 East Windsor, CT

1988 Toronto, Ontario

1987 Charleston, SC

1986 Wilmington, DE

1985 Buffalo, NY

1984 Annapolis, MD

1983 Salem, MA

1982 Norfolk, VA

1981 Harrisburg, PA

1980 Albany, NY

1979 Ann Arbor, MI

1978 Bellmawr, NJ

1977 Hartford, CT

1976 Richmond, VA

1975 Columbus, OH

1974 Bangor, ME

1973 Dover, DE

1972 Harrisburg, PA

1971 Gainesville, FL

1970 Natural Bridge, VA

1969 Morgantown, WV

1968 Ann Arbor, MI

1967 Washington, DC

1966 New York, NY

1965 Princeton, NJ

1964 Attleboro, MA

1963 Philadelphia, PA

1962 Athens, GA

1961 Williamsburg, VA

1960 Toronto, Ontario

1959 Albany, NY

1958 Wilmington, DE

1957 Baltimore, MD

1956 Trenton, NJ

1955 New Haven, CT

1954 Pittsburgh, PA

1953 Rochester, NY

1952 Washington, DC

1951 Chapel Hill, NC

1950 New York, NY

1949 Richmond, VA

1948 Trenton, NJ

1947 Wilmington, DE

1946 Rochester, NY

1945 Attleboro, MA

1944 [meeting not held]

1943 [meeting not held]

1942 [meeting not held]

1941 Philadelphia, PA 

(list compiled by Charles A. Bello and Carolyn Dillian)