87th Annual Meeting

SAA's Annual Meeting brings together the archaeological community to share ideas, best practices, and state of the art knowledge; meet and network in interest groups, panels, symposia, and committees; and to celebrate their field. 

SAA Board Statement Concerning 2022 Annual Meeting

The SAA Board of Directors recognizes the rising COVID 19-rates from the latest variants are a cause for concern about the 2022 SAA annual meeting and its format. Our commitment to member safety remains firm and unchanged, and for this reason, we are closely monitoring the situation.

We do not know what health and safety protocols will be in place in Chicago or Illinois as of March 2022, which is seven months from now. Given current guidance for large, indoor gatherings, it is likely that people will be required to be fully vaccinated, show evidence of recent testing, and/or use masks as part of their attendance. If member safety warrants shifting to a virtual meeting for March 2022, then SAA board will act accordingly and work with our advisory committees to manage the increased costs without removing this important member benefit.

We are also evaluating the costs of a meeting with virtual options. Reduced participation rates and increased audio-visual costs for virtual and hybrid options require careful consideration of the impacts on members and the Society’s financial stability. For more information about these considerations, see our letter, and a detailed analysis will be published soon in the September issue of the SAA Archaeological Record.

The safety and well-being of our members and staff are of uppermost concern for the board. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges—and overcome them—together.


  • May 03, 2021

    Submission System Opens

  • September 14, 2021

    Submission Deadline 3PM EDT

  • November 10, 2021

    Meeting Payment Confirmations Sent

  • November 15, 2021

    Membership Join Deadline for Nonmember Participants

  • December 01, 2021

    Withdrawal Deadline

  • December 06, 2021

    Participation Decision Letters from Program Committee

  • January 30, 2022

    Membership Renewal Deadline for Current Member Participants

  • March 01, 2022

    Advance Registration Closes

  • March 05, 2022

    Meeting Safety Policy Advance Reporting Form Deadline