» 2020 Plains Conference Cancelled

» Call for Nominations - PAS Board of Directors

» Journal News - Call for Papers

» PCI-Archaeology and Manuscript Solicitation

» Temporary Hold on PA Back Issue Requests

» Renew PAS Membership for 2020!


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.


Call for Nominations - PAS Board of Directors

Pursuant to Article V of the bylaws of the Plains Anthropological Society (PAS), we encourage and request nominations from the general membership to the Board of Directors. Each board member serves a three-year term and is expected to attend the Plains Anthropological Conference (at that individual’s expense) all three years during which the member serves on the board. At least two members of the PAS who are in good standing must endorse each general membership nomination. Members nominated by the general membership will join the slate of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee to stand for election. Nominations must be accompanied by a written commitment from the candidate to serve if elected (in the form of either a letter or an e-mail message) and a biographical statement not to exceed a half page in length. The latter should include name, position and affiliation, areas of interest, candidate’s background, and statement of interest. The nomination documents should be submitted by e-mail attachment to the Chair of the Nominating Committee no later than July 5, 2020, to:

Wendi Field Murray, Archaeological Collections Manager
265 Church St
Exley Science Center, 455
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459
e-mail: wmurray01@wesleyan.edu


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!


Renew PAS Membership for 2020!

It's that time of year! Renew your Plains Anthropological Society membership today to ensure you receive all of the 2020 journals as they are printed and for continued access to past issues online!

Renew your membership for 2020 on our Membership page.


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)