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   MAC Notre Dame


Abstract Submission Period is Now Closed

Online Registration is Now Closed  

Meeting Organizers and Contacts

Mark Schurr
office: 574-631-7638

Madeleine McLeester 
office: 574-631-9746

Meeting Registration Fees

  Type Cost Late or On-site*
(Beginning 08/31/2018)

MAC Member

MAC Member, Retiree

Non-MAC Member

MAC Member, Student

Non-MAC Member, Student

Guest of registered attendee (on-site only)

Single Day (on-site only)















Friday Night Trivia:
     Regular attendee or guest


Paper Abstracts 
--a paper program is included with registration,
digital abstracts will be provided online as a PDF


if available      

Vendor (cost per 6-ft table) $30     Reserve a table

*Online registration to attend the meeting runs through midnight, September 24th. 
After that date, registrations will be done on-site.

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Location and Hotel Information

Meetings Dates: October 4th-6th, 2018

McKenna Hall Conference Center
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Hotel Information----UPDATE: group rates have expired. You may still inquire for rooms.

  1. The Morris Inn (on Notre Dame campus)
    $179 a night for doubles and kings
    Book your group rate for Midwest Archaeological Conference
    Or call 574-631-2000 or 800-280-7256 and reference the "Midwest Archaeological Conference"  
  2. The Inn at Saint Mary's (on the nearby St. Mary’s College campus)
    $139 a night for doubles and kings
    Guests should call 574-323-2184 or and reference "Notre Dame Midwest Archaeological Conference"
  3. The Fairfield Inn (adjacent to the southern edge of campus)
    $125 a night for a standard king / $135 a night for 2 queen beds or a king suite
    Book your group rate for Midwest Archaeological Conference
    Or call 574-234-5510 and reference the "Midwest Archaeological Conference"

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Information about parking can be found at

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Friday Night Trivia!

Friday, October 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn
Prices: $50 for attendees and guests; $40 for students. 

**Includes two drink tickets, hors d’ouvres, and entry to the trivia contest.  Cash bar afterwards.

Midwest Archaeology Trivia Contest with Prizes!  Show your mastery of Midwestern archaeology trivia!

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Bottle openers are an essential field tool.  Opener with a metal key chain sporting the 2018 Annual Meeting MAC logo available for purchase from your My Account page at $5 a piece.

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 4th

  • 11:00 am  On-site registration opens (McKenna Hall Lobby)
  • 11:00 am–1:00 pm: Vendor setup (room location TBD)
  • 1:00–4:30 pm  2018 MAC Sponsored Symposium
    • Late Prehistoric Landscapes in the Northern Prairie Peninsula: A Lake Koshkonong Perspective
  • 1:00–5:00 pm: Vendors in the vendor room
  • 6:00–8:00 pm  Welcome Reception in the Department of Anthropology, Corbett Family Hall Second Floor

Friday, October 5th

  • 7:30 am  On-site registration open (McKenna Hall Lobby)
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm  Vendor area open (vendor room)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general sessions
  • 11:30 am–1:30 pm  MAC Inc. Executive Board Meeting and Lunch (by invitation, Private Dining Room, Morris Inn)
  • 5:30–7:30 pm  Trivia Contest, Drinks and Hors d’ oeuvres  (Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn)

Saturday, October 6th

  • 7:30 am  On-site registration opens (McKenna Hall Lobby)
  • 8:00 am–5:00 pm  Vendor area open (vendor room)
  • Morning and afternoon presentations including posters, symposia, general session
  • 5:00–6:00 pm  MAC, Inc. Business Meeting (McKenna Hall Auditorium)

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General Instructions 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED:  11:59 pm on Thursday, August 30th*

*Note: Because the conference is relatively early this year, the submission deadline will not be extended beyond August 30th.

Presenters, symposium organizers, and discussants must be current members of MAC and already registered to attend the meeting.  Co-authors not presenting need not be MAC members, nor be registered for the meeting unless attending. Those interested in organizing a workshop, forum, roundtable, or discussion panel should contact the Annual Meeting organizers Mark Schurr ( or Madeleine McLeester (

Paper presentations must be 15 minutes in length at maximum.  Presentations visuals must be presented using PowerPoint.  LCD projectors and appropriate computers and presentation software will be provided by the conference.

Presenters must provide their session chair with a PowerPoint file on a jump/flash drive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the session.  Please include the last name of the senior author (or lead presenter) in your file name (rather than just 'MAC18 paper').

Maximum poster dimensions are 66-inches wide by 48-inches tall. Mounting will be provided by the conference venue

Paper and Poster Abstract Submissions:

All paper and poster presentation submissions will be done online through the MAC website.

  • Each individual submission must include the following: Title, Author(s) (with institutions), and Abstract Text. Each presenter may submit up to three paper or poster presentations; there is no limit to the number of co-authorships.
  • Abstracts are limited to 150 words in length.
  • If your presentation is part of a symposium, you must also include the symposium Key Code provided by the symposium's organizer.

Symposium Abstract Submissions:

Symposium organizers will submit an abstract for each symposium online through the MAC website.

  • Each submission must include the following: Symposium Title, Symposium Abstract Text, and List of all Symposium Presentations with Author(s). Each organizer may submit up to 3 paper or poster symposia.
  • Symposium organizers must create a unique Key Code and provide it to their presenters.
  • Abstracts are limited to 150 words in length.

Visit your My Account page now to start your submission.

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Student Paper Competition 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Friday, September 21st

The Midwestern Archaeological Conference Student paper competition was created to promote scholarly excellence among students conducting archaeological research in the midwestern U.S.  The MAC student paper competition was created to promote scholarly excellence among students conducting archaeological research in the Midwestern U.S.  Awards will be decided by the MAC student paper committee based on intellectual merit and methodological execution.

  • The graduate winner receives a cash prize of $150 plus books solicited by the conference organizer from willing vendors.   
  • The undergraduate winner receives a cash prize of $150 plus books solicited by the conference organizer from willing vendors.  In addition, the undergraduate faculty advisor receives a free MAC membership for one year (only one advisor can be designated per student).


Anyone currently enrolled in a degree granting institution may apply. Papers must be single authored and be submitted by the competition deadline.

How to Apply:

Email your paper either as a Microsoft Word document, pdf, or provide a link to the file to Dr. Madeleine McLeester ( by 11:59PM EST on September 21, 2018.  The paper presented at the conference must have the same content as the manuscript submitted to the competition review committee.  The submitted manuscript must be no more than 10 double spaced pages of text with 12 pt. font.  Accompanying figures, tables, and references cited must be placed on separate pages at the end of the paper and will not count toward the 10 page limit. Papers over 10 pages in length will not be read or otherwise included in the competition. All submitted manuscripts must include a cover letter with the paper title, abstract, the student’s name, and the degree-granting program and their current status in that program. Undergraduates wishing to designate an advisor must also include the name and affiliation of the advisor. 

The winners of the Competition will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference. The winner(s) will receive their prize(s) the following day. The Committee reserves the prerogative to defer the Competition and award in the event of a shortage of entries.

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