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Editor's Corner

Among other things, spring brings our annual meeting, where we catch up with old friends, make new ones, look for book bargains, and perhaps most importantly, find out about the best of what's happening in American archaeology. Nashville is shaping up to be one of our best and most diverse meetings. If you're going, seriously try to attend the Annual Business Meeting. While it's always tempting to head for the bar or your room after a long day of papers and talk, hold off until 6:30 or so. Why? It's simple: this is the one time that wethe members of SAAcan convene as a collective to hear our officers and editors, to get a sense of the future, honor those who have contributed to our success, and mourn those who have passed on. As anthropologists, we all know the importance of these communal rituals. For the functionalists among us, the meeting will serve to promote group solidarity and transmit tradition from elders to neophytes. For others, the meeting will symbolize status and rank differences among the membership and will be a well-meaning demonstration of the status quo of SAA power and authority relationships. Regardless of your theoretical perspective, come to the meeting and celebrate both our past and our future.


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