Renew your membership for 2023

☛ Read James (Jim) Skibo's obituary 

☛ Announcing 2023 Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology with Southern Illinois University (SIU)

☛ Two new rules on NAGPRA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( and

New Videos on Archaeology of Personhood and Soul Concepts of Pre- and Post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands (direct link to videos, full notice with symposium details)

 Online guide to “Talking About Race,” designed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (webpage)

☛ Introducing the book series Midwest Archaeological Perspectives

MAC Membership Renewal- Webinar

Dear MAC Members,

Now is the time to renew your membership.  We encourage everyone to consider the benefits of membership in MAC including our excellent peer reviewed journal, the Midwest Archaeological Perspectives series, and upcoming meeting opportunities to connect with colleagues.  

Please view this recorded webinar (from December 11, 2020), and then renew your membership.

View the Recorded Webinar

As part of membership renewal for the MAC Board requires self-certification of either participation in the December 11, 2020 webinar or later viewing of the recorded session:

Webinar Agenda

Advancing Archaeology by Adopting Modern Thinking

  • Understanding the impacts of ignoring racism and sexism in archaeology—in field settings, agencies, consulting, business, and on campuses
  • Understanding why valuing racial and gender difference and inclusion advances archaeological work and centralizes the importance of the profession

Advancing Archaeology by Embracing Racial and Gender Equity and Inclusion

  • Identifying productive racial and gender mindsets and behavior in archaeological education, professional workspaces, and field settings.

Advancing Archaeology Through Action

  • Strategies for creating invitational, diverse, and equitable archaeological educational and workspaces and professional relationships.
  • Strategies for successfully navigating conflict related to race and gender among colleagues.
  • Strategies for recruiting and retaining women and BIPOC archaeologists to the profession and MAC.


Jan Brashler         
President, Midwest Archaeological Conference            

John Doershuk
Chair, MAC Anti-harassment Task Force
Past President, Midwest Archaeological Conference

Announcing 2023 Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology with Southern Illinois University (SIU)

We are going to be working at three historic sites Fort Kaskaskia 1 (11R326), Fort Kaskaskia II  (1R612, and the James West Site (not site number yet). Fort Kaskaskia I and II are French colonial (Fort I) and early American Republic (Fort II) military sites in southern Illinois. The French fort (1759-1763) may have been built by African slaves from the nearby town of Kaskaskia and thus may be one of the oldest African Diaspora sites in Illinois. The American fort (1803-1806) supplied men and supplies for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and may have been established to specifically support that expedition. The James West site also is an African Diaspora site in that it is the home of an 1850s AMA abolitionist missionary who was driven out of southern Illinois by a pro-slavery mob under threats of death to him and his family if they did not leave. Students will receive instructions in remote sensing, mapping, and hand excavation of archaeological features at all three sites.  The field school runs from May 22-June 30. Total cost for this six credit course is $2441.80. Housing is available in the SIU dorms for an extra fee. We, however, currently have over $11,000 in scholarships to defray tuition and housing costs that students can apply for and we expect to receive more. Please see that attached flyer and application form for further information or contact Dr. Mark Wagner at for additional details. 

Detailed PDF Flyer


New Videos on Archaeology of Personhood and Soul Concepts of Pre- and Post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands

Dear Colleagues:

I hope this finds you in good health and spirits. It is a pleasure to announce the online posting of a set of videos that present research on the topics of personhood and soul-like essences as conceived by pre- and post-contact Indians of the Eastern Woodlands and as used ritually and strategically by them in their lives.

The videos include nine researchers’ and two discussants’ presentations written for a symposium for the 85th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, April 23, 2019.  When the meetings were canceled, we constructed the videos as an alternative means of sharing our ideas with the profession.

The contents of the symposium videos and contact information for the participants are summarized in the linked PDF.

The videos have applicability to subjects beyond Eastern Woodland Indians archaeology and ethnography.  They will be of interest to those who study the archaeology and ethnography of New World indigenous peoples, the archaeology of religion, mortuary archaeology, bioarchaeology, identity, folklore, performance, comparative religion, and the “ontological turn” movement in archaeology.

The videos can be viewed at:

Feel free to show all or any of the videos for teaching purposes in your college and/or professional classes.

Please pass on this announcement to colleagues of yours who might have an interest in it for their research or teaching.  Thank you. 

Wishing you the best,
     Chris Carr

Christopher Carr
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85281-2402

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