» Journal Access Online Restored

» Call for Nominations - Distinguished Service Award - due May 15, 2021

» Call for Nominations - PAS Board of Directors - due May 31, 2021

» Save the Date! 78th Annual Plains Conference planned for November 10-13, 2021 in Boulder, CO!

» Plains Anthropologist Back Issue Requests 

» Congratulations to Lawrence L. "Larry" Loendorf - the 2020 PAS Distinguished Service Award Recipient

» Native American Student Award Winner Announced - Maura Fournier

» Two Recipients for the Donna C. Roper Research Award - Carlton Gover and Steven Keehner

» New Board Members and Committee Assignments 

» Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute (SAROI) Accepting Applications

» Call for Data - Texas Clovis Fluted Point Survey

» Journal News - Call for Papers


Journal Access Online Restored

A number of members were encountering issues with accessing the Plains Anthropologist journal online over the last several weeks, either with incomplete access to every article, or being asked to provide log-in credentials when attempting access. The issue appears to have been resolved as of May 16, 2021. If you continue to run into difficulty with online journal access, please send an email to webmaster@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org.


Call for Nominations - Distinguished Service Award - due May 15, 2021

Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) are open and due May 15. The DSA recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in Plains anthropological research, teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession. Nominations and questions may be directed to the Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair David Posthumus, david.posthumus@usd.edu. For details, visit plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/grants/distinguished-service-award.


Call for Nominations - PAS Board of Directors - due May 31, 2021

Nominations for the PAS Board of Directors are also open and due May 31. We encourage and request nominations from the general membership, pursuant to Article V of the bylaws of the PAS. Each board member serves a three-year term and is expected to attend the Plains Anthropological Conference (at that individual’s expense) all four 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 no later than May 15, 2021, to the Nominating Committee Chair Brendon P. Asher, brendon.asher@enmu.edu.


Save the Date! 78th Annual Plains Conference planned for November 10-13, 2021 in Boulder, CO!

It's official! Conference organizer Douglas Bamforth and the PAS Board are busy making plans for an in-person conference in Boulder, CO, November 10-13, 2021! Hotel reservations can now be made at the conference rate - visit the hotel links on the Conference page for more information. Check back for updates as plans are finalized!


Plains Anthropologist Back Issue Requests

We are again able to fill requests for physical copies of Plains Anthropologist back issues! We appreciate your understanding of the delay caused by Covid-19 restrictions. Issues printed through 2013 can be ordered, subject to availability - visit our Back Issues page for more information.


Congratulations to Lawrence L. "Larry" Loendorf - the 2020 PAS Distinguished Service Award Recipient

For exceptional and dedicated service to Great Plains teaching, scholarship, rock art preservation, and historic resource management, and for his service to the Plains Anthropological Society, the PAS Board of Directors is honored to present the 2020 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Lawrence L. Loendorf. Congratulations Larry, and thanks for all you have done for Plains anthropology!

A full announcement detailing Larry's service and five decade+ career will be published in the February 2021 issue of Plains Anthropologist.


Native American Student Award Winner Announced - Maura Fournier

Maura Fournier (Métis) is currently completing a four-year Honors Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg.


Two Recipients for the Donna C. Roper Research Award - Carlton Gover and Steven Keehner

Carlton Gover (University of Colorado, Boulder) - "Re-dating the Tahaksu Site (25MK15) Using Donna C. Roper's Chronometric Hygiene Protocol"

Steven Keehner (University of Iowa) - "AMS Dating the Perry (14JF315) and Infinity (14MY305) Sites"


New Board Members and Committee Assignments

Welcome to our three newly elected Board of Directors members!

  • Nancy Arendt (Kansas Anthropological Association)
  • Alison Hadley (Texas A&M International University)
  • David Posthumus (University of South Dakota)

Thanks to outgoing board members Wendi Field Murray and Cherie Haury-Artz for their contributions over the past three years. Also thanks to Mary Adair for her service as President, and her continuing on as President-elect!


The Board of Directors page will be updated with new committee assignments soon!


Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute Accepting Applications

The Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute (SAROI), hosted by the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas and supported by the National Endowment for Humanities, is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 cohort. SAROI offers advanced training in spatial methodologies for eight Fellows, including access to online training resources, two in-person workshops held during two consecutive summers, and mentorship throughout the fellowship period. SAROI is open to early-career (late-stage PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, non-tenured) scholars in archaeology, heritage management, and closely related fields. Scholars working outside of academia should be less than 5 years from receipt of terminal degree. 

Applications accepted until January 10, 2021, midnight Central Time. More information about SAROI at: https://saroi.cast.uark.edu/.  


Call for Data - Texas Clovis Fluted Point Survey

The Texas Clovis Fluted Point Survey is in the process of being updated, and the author needs your data! The Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL) and the Prehistory and Research Project (PRL) ask for help in updating information for the 4th edition of the TCFPS. Visit the TCFPS webpage for more information and to access the form to be used for recording Clovis fluted points. Contact alan.slade@austin.utexas.edu with questions.


Journal News - Call for Papers

It is always 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/.