Eastern States Archeological Federation Annual Meetings

Eastern States Archeological Federation

89th Annual Meeting, November 4-6, Shippensburg, Pennslyvania


89th Annual Conference of Eastern States Archeological Foundation

Shippensburg University
Steward Hall
1833 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257


Clarion Hotel & Suites University - Shippensburg, East King Street
Room Rate: $92.95 + tax per night.
Thursday 11/3 - Saturday 11/5

Friday Morning Tour

Rhyolite Quarry Localities Michaux State Forest

Rhyolite Quarry Localities Michaux State Forest. No Additional Fee!

Call for Papers

Members are invited to submit abstracts (<150 words) for papers on topics related to the archaeology of Eastern North America to be presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation.

Annual Banquet Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jarrod Burks (Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc)The Last Great Escape: The Recovery of 1st Lt. Ewart Sconiers, an American WWII Bombardier Imprisoned at the Stalag Luft III POW Camp, Poland - Dr. Jarrod Burks (Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc)

Like many POW recoveries, locating 1st Lt Ewart Sconiers required research, persistence, and good old-fashioned luck. While imprisoned at the Stalag Luft III POW camp in German-occupied Poland, complications from an injury sent Sconiers to a hospital in a neighboring town—where he died. His burial occurred in a nearby municipal cemetery. During the Russian occupation of Poland, the above-ground cemetery features were "erased," and memories of the American POW's grave faded. An interesting cast of characters—Ewart's Army—participated in his recovery, and in this talk I explore the various sorts of archaeological common sense (e.g., photograph analysis) and seasoned techniques (e.g., geophysical survey, trench excavation) we used to help move the project forward and bring Sconiers home.

Dr. Burks has been an archaeological Principal investigator with OVAI since 1999. He is an expert in the use of geophysical instruments in archaeology, such as magnetometers and ground-penetrating radar, and he has conducted geophysical surveys all across the country and beyond—including on missions to search for missing U.S. servicemen. Recently, Dr. Burks directed the 2015 Lt. Ewart Sconiers Recovery Project, Lubin, Poland. Jarrod also shares his geophysics expertise with other archaeologists as an instructor in the National Park Service's (Midwest Archeological Center) annual workshop on geophysics in archaeology, which moves to a new place in the U.S. each year.

In addition to being a very active and respected field archaeologist, Dr. Burks also serves in many other professional capacities. He is the president of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, an organization that works to preserve Ohio's ancient American Indian mound and earthwork sites; he is the treasurer of the Midwest Archaeological Conference; and he is the past president and currently a trustee of the Ohio Archaeological Council. But more than anything, Jarrod thoroughly enjoys sharing his discoveries about Ohio's past with the public. He gives dozens of talks annually to a wide variety of public audiences all around Ohio and in surrounding states.

  2022 ESAF Preliminary Program

Annual Meeting

Individual papers will be placed in general sessions unless submitted as part of a thematic session. Proposals for organized thematic sessions are welcome. Student presenters may compete for the Student Paper Prize. Presenters must be 2022 members of ESAF.

General Presentation Guidelines: Presenters must be current individual members of ESAF.


Abstract Submissions, Registration Fees, and Membership Dues for Presenters:
Due September 30, 2022

Registration for Non-Presenters:
Due October 28, 2022. For mail in registrations only. PayPal registrations will be accepted through the annual meeting.

Conference Fees (in US Dollars):
Registration: $45
Student Registration: $25

Saturday Banquet Fee:
$50 per person

Register for the Meeting

Meeting Sponsorship & Program Ads

Format and Covid-19 Protocols

The Annual Meeting will be fully in-person. All adendees will be required to follow Shippensburg University's Covid-19 protocols at the time of the meeting an show proof of vaccination. More details forthcoming.

A Few Quick Notes About Getting Around Town

  1. The road to I-81 is called Walnut Bottom. It intersects King Street (PA Rt 11) at a T near H&H Autos and CVS Pharmacy. If coming from I-81, turn left at this intersection to go towards town.
  2. Parking for the Clarion Hotel is in back. The only real way to access this lot is to turn south on S. Apple Ave. (1 way) that runs along the east side of the hotel building. You will see the parking lot behind the building, there is only 1 entrance/exit and it is off of S. Apple Ave. The town is playing loosely with the term Avenue… it’s really an alley and easy to miss.
  3. Stewart Hall is at the very end of N. Prince Street and the street ends in a parking lot (V1) on the east side of Stewart Hall. This is where we can park. If this lot fills up, we will have overflow parking at Commuter Lot 1 (C1), which is just before the end of N. Prince St. in front of the School of Engineering. It’s a short walk up to Stewart Hall from there.
  4. There is parking at the Appalachian Brewing Co. but it is just 1 block from the hotel, walking is MUCH easier.

ESAF Town Map Shippensburg

Shippensburg Campus Map

Contact Information

Submit Thematic Session Proposals and Questions about Abstracts to

Zachary Singer,
Program Chair

For General Inquiries, Please Contact

Jonathan Lothrop,
ESAF President

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, 2021. 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

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)