» Plains Anthropologist Missing Issues - Volume 65 (2020)

» Archaeology Coffee Hour - Iowa Archaeology Month 2020

» Students - Submit a Poster to the 2020 Poster Competition (Virtual)!

» 2020 Native American Student Award Call for Applications

» 2020 Plains Conference Cancelled

» Journal News - Call for Papers

Plains Anthropologist Missing Issues - Volume 65 (2020)

We have received several inquiries from members about the status of the Plains Anthropologist journal mailings. It has become clear this is not an isolated incident and many of our members have not received their journals for 2020. We share your frustrations with this and want to ensure you that we are aware of the issue.

In early September, we sent out a brief survey to members in order to determine how widespread this issue is and if there is a pattern to the inconsistent mailings. Based on the results from this survey, we are now working with the publisher to ensure you get the journal issues you are owed as soon as we are able.

We apologize for any inconvenience these delays have caused and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we sort this out.

Archaeology Coffee Hour - Iowa Archaeology Month 2020

Join our Iowa archaeology colleagues during Archaeology Coffee Hour, a weekly live stream program to be held September 17-October 13, 2020! The series will feature informal conversations with some of Iowa's retired Iowa archaeologists. Each week, a different archaeologist will interview a retired colleague who they admire, were mentored by, or want to learn more about.

If you aren't able to tune in during the live streaming events, the videos will be available to watch on Facebook and YouTube after the programs as well!



Submit a Poster to the 2020 Student Poster Competition (Virtual)

The annual Plains Anthropological Society Student Poster Contest encourages and recognizes students who present professional quality posters at the annual Plains Conference. Due to the cancellation of the 78th Annual Plains Conference, the competition is being moved entirely online in 2020!

Full or part-time, undergraduate or graduate students are invited to participate in this year's competition. This is a unique year and all poster presentations will be conducted via Zoom with a three judge panel. Separate undergraduate and graduate awards will be granted. The award is a cash payment of $100 to undergraduates and $200 to graduate students. Submissions are due October 31, 2020.

For submission criteria and information on how to participate, visit the 2020 competition page at https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/awards/student-poster2020.

2020 Native American Student Award Call for Applications

The Plains Anthropological Society is offering one or more grants of up to $1000 to qualifying Native American student(s).Separate grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Grant funds are intended to help defray the costs of tuition, books, room and board or other expenses. The successful recipient(s) will also receive a one year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society that includes receiving Plains Anthropologist. Applications are due October 31, 2020. For more information, visit the Native American Student Award page or read the full Call for Applications announcement here.

2020 Plains Conference Cancelled

The PAS Board has been monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of the virus on the health and safety of people worldwide. Unfortunately, we have decided that conditions are just too uncertain to risk the safety of all attendees, and we have cancelled the 2020 Plains Conference in Boulder, Colorado. Read the full announcement on our conference page, with additional information about the 2020 annual awards, business meeting, upcoming board member election, and more.

Journal News - Call for Papers

Despite the delay in delivery of the journal due to COVID-19, now is a good time to submit manuscripts for publication in Plains Anthropologist. The journal accepts articles on general or focused topics, literature reviews that summarize current data and provide fresh perspectives, and reports on investigations of fieldwork and research on collections. Larger works, approximately 100 published pages, can be published as a memoir. Assistance on submission is on the PAS website - Information for Authors. The editor can assist if you have difficulties submitting through Editorial Manager. Turnaround times from submission to publication currently are prompt.

PCI-Archaeology and Manuscript Solicitation

PCI Archaeology, a new system for peer-reviewing academic manuscripts, is now open. From Brad Logan (Recommender), a PCI (Peer Community In) is a "system intended to organise, in a completely transparent way, the peer review process of manuscripts already deposited on preprint servers... a PCI is a community of researchers (called recommenders) who agree to act as associate editors." See Brad's full announcement here or visit the PCI Archaeology website for more information - https://archaeo.peercommunityin.org/.

Temporary Hold on PA Back Issue Requests

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we regret that we cannot fill any requests for back issues of the Plains Anthropologist until further notice. We will attend to requests as soon as our parent institutions allow access to campus facilities. Thanks for your understanding!

New Board Members and Committee Assignments

Welcome to our three newly elected Board of Directors members!

  • Brandi Bethke (Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma)
  • Richard Meyers (Oglala Lakota College)
  • Kelly Pool (Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc.)

Visit the Board of Directors page for an updated list of board members and committee assignments.

2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

The Plains Anthropological Society recognized two individuals this year for their outstanding lifetime achievement in Plains anthropological research, teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession and the PAS. Congratulations Jack Brink and Raymond Demallie, and thanks for all you have done for Plains anthropology!

A Letter from the Board Regarding Harassment (May 1, 2019)