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April 1, 1996
is 1,865,890 days since
the Maya zero date

April 1 - 10, 1996
THE RUSSIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY WILL CELEBRATE ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY BY HOLDING A CONFERENCE entitled Ecological Crises and the Establishment of Food-Production Economy in Europe. The conference will be held at the Moscow Museum of Archaeology, and will include excursions to Stone Age and chalcolithic sites in the southern Urals. The official languages for the conference will be Russian and English. For additional information, please contact RAS, Lengory, MGU, bild. L,a. 11, Moscow, 117234, Russia, tel/fax 07-095-939-05-76

April 10 - 14, 1996
THE 61ST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY will be held at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans.

April 15, 1996
HISTORY AND PREHISTORY OF CERAMIC KILNS SYMPOSIUM will be held in Indianapolis, at the annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society, sponsored by the Committee on Ceramic History. The focus will be on kiln and kiln-firing technologies across a wide cultural area and span of time. For further information, contact Prudence M. Rice, Department of Anthropology, Mailcode 4502, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901, or W. David Kingery, MSE-338E Mines Bldg, No. 12, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

May 1 - 5, 1996
THE 29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CANADIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION will be held at the Delta Barrington Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme will be communication, including the dissemination of knowledge to the public and the development of collaborative programs with the communities we serve. Papers will be scheduled for May 2-4, with special events and workshops May 1 and 5. For further information, contact Stephen Davis, Conference Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3, (902) 420-5631, or Rob Ferguson, Program Coordinator, Parks Canada, Historic Properties, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 1S9, (902) 426-9509, email

May 20 - 22, 1996
THE AMERICAN QUATERNARY ASSOCIATION (AMQUA) 14TH BIENNIAL MEETING will be held in Flagstaff, Ariz. For more information, contact Jim I. Mead, Department of Geology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4099, fax (520) 523-9220, email

May 20 - 24, 1996
THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ARCHAEOMETRY will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For further information, contact Sarah Wisseman, ATAM Program, University of Illinois, 116 Observatory, 901 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801, (217) 333-6629, fax (217) 244-0466, email

May 24 - 26, 1996
THE 3RD EASTERN STATES ROCK ART CONFERENCE will be held at the University of Maine at Machias. The conference will include participants from eastern and central United States and from Canada. Guided tours of prehistoric Algonkian petroglyph sites on Machias Bay are planned for Friday afternoon, May 24, and for Sunday morning, May 26. Saturday, May 25, will be given to presentations on rock art research with informal meetings and discussions Friday and Saturday evenings. For further information, contact Mark Hedden, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 55 Capitol St., Augusta, ME 04333.

June 5 - 7, 1996
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND THE PHOEBE A. HEARST MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UC-BERKELEY, ARE SPONSORING A CONFERENCE to provide a forum for non-federal and federal participants to address major issues related to the long-term management of federally associated collections. The goals of the conference are to foster communication and cooperation, build new strategies of action, create new and revive old partnerships, and improve technical expertise related to managing federally associated collections of all kinds. For more information, send your name, address, institutional affiliation, phone number, FAX number, and e-mail address to Fritz Stern, University of California, Berkeley, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall #3712, Berkeley, CA 94720-3712, fax (510) 642-6271, email

June 12 - 15, 1996
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC AND ARTISTIC WORKS will address the topic of "Collaboration in the Visual Arts" in its general session. For information, contact Jay Krueger, AIC vice-president and program chair, National Gallery of Art, DCL, 6th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, (202) 452-9545, fax (202) 452-9545.

June 29 - 30, 1996
THE 17TH MEETING OF THE MID-SOUTH ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE will be held at Ellis Auditorium, University of Memphis, Tenn. Program organizers and sponsors are: Charles McNutt, Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, (901) 678-2618, email; Mitchell Childress, Garrow and Associates, 510 S. Main, Memphis, TN 38103, (901) 526-8008; and Rick Walling, Panamerican Consultants, 15 S. Idlewild, Memphis, TN 38104, (901) 274-4244, email The theme of this year's meeting is "Results of Recent Investigations in the Greater Mid-South." Presentations will be limited to 20-30 minutes. Titles and abstracts must be received by Rick Walling by May 15. Papers will be published if provided in publication-ready form at meetings. For further information, contact any of the above sponsors.

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August 3 - 9, 1996
THE CULTURAL ASPECTS OF ASTRONOMY: AN INTERSECTION OF DISCIPLINES, an international meeting to study the importance of astronomical phenomena in human culture, will be held at St. John's College in Santa Fe, N.M. This will be the fifth in a series of triennial "Oxford Conferences in Archaeoastronomy" that have focused on the role that astronomical phenomena have played in human societies. "Oxford V" will serve as a meetingplace for those working in a number of disciplines who share a common interest in the reaction of traditional societies of the past and present to these phenomena. For further information,, or from Rolf Sinclair, Program Director for Special Programs, Division of Physics, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 306-1809, fax (703) 306-0566, email

August 4 - 11, 1996
THE XXIV MEETING OF THE MEXICAN SOCIETY OF ANTHROPOLOGY will be held in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The theme will be "Anthropology and History of Western Mexico." For further information, please contact Linda Manzanilla, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, UNAM-Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D.F., Mexico, fax (525) 622-9651, email

August 15 - 18, 1996
THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY PECOS CONFERENCE will be held in Flagstaff, Ariz. For more information, please contact David R. Wilcox, Museum of Northern Arizona, Route 4, Box 720, 3001 Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, (520) 774-5213. If you plan to give a presentation at the Pecos Conference, send your abstract to Wilcox, and after coordinating with him, send a copy of your informal presentation, your formal abstract, or your paper to <>; for free Internet publication of your paper prior to, or after the conference.

September 8 - 14, 1996
THE XIII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE UNION OF PREHISTORIC AND PROTOHISTORIC SCIENCES will take place in Forli, Italy. For more information, please contact Sarah Milliken, c/o Segreteria XIII Congresso U.I.S.P.P., Via Marchesi, 1, 47100 Forli, Italy, fax 39-543-35805.

October 18 - 19, 1996
GENDER AND ARCHAEOLOGY: DIVERSE APPROACHES will be held at Michigan State University. For more information, or to discuss potential topics, please contact Alison Rautman, Department of Antrhopology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, (517) 351-4913, email

November 7 - 10, 1996
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ETHNOHISTORY WILL HOLD THE 1996 ANNUAL MEETING in Portland, Ore. Abstracts for papers and preregistration fees are due by May 31, 1995. Write for submission forms and return to Jacqueline Peterson, ASE 1996 Meeting Chair, Department of History, Washington State University, 1812 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663, (360) 737-2179.

November 14 - 17, 1996
THE 29TH ANNUAL CHACMOOL CONFERENCE has chosen as its theme "The Archaeology of Innovation and Science," hoping to reveal how archaeologists identify techniques, technologies, and sciences used by past cultures. Suggested topics include communications systems, numerical systems and calendrics, public works, health and healing, domestication, warfare, hydrology, transportation, and pyrotechnology. Other ideas and suggestions are welcomed! Please send suggestions, session abstracts, or paper abstracts to 1996 Conference Committee, Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4, (403) 220-5227, fax (403) 282-9567, email

June 4 - 7, 1997
A SYMPOSIUM ON BISON ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT IN NORTH AMERICA will be held at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, Montana. Its objective is to provide a forum for information and discussion on utilizing various disciplines to understand and manage bison in North America. Sessions will provide insight into how disease, genetics, ecology, management, prehistory, and tribal concerns can affect bison. For more information, contact Bison Symposium, Montana State University, 235 Linfield Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717, (406) 994-3414.

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