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2017 Conference

March 16 - 19, 2017

Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center
2800 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia


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The Marinersí Museum and Park
Newport News, Virginia
MAAC Field Trip Opportunity
Thursday, March 16, 2017 -- 1:00 p.m. Ė 2: 30 p.m.

On March 9, 1862, two freshly minted ironclads, the USS Monitor of the Union and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) of the Confederacy, engaged in a naval battle at Hampton Roads which changed the history of naval warfare. Although the battle ended in a draw, the protective metal coverings altered normal engagement protocols. The Monitor, built for riverine battle, was not designed for ocean travel and was being towed south in Atlantic waters to engage in the North Carolina blockade. On December 31, 1862, off the coast of Cape Hatteras, the USS Monitor was hit by a gale, took on water, and sank. It was not until 1973 that the location of the shipwreck was found and in the beginning years of the 21st century, parts of the ship were recovered including the steam engine, propeller, and the iconic gun turret. As the salvage continued, conservation efforts of gigantic proportions were required.

At the kind invitation of the staff of the USS Monitor Center at The Marinersí Museum, 2017 MAAC annual meeting attendees have been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Batten Conservation Complex conservation facility at The Marinersí Museum and Park. The 1.5-hour tour will include the two conservation laboratories with the larger of the labs (the Wet Lab) containing the Monitorís turret, engine, guns, gun carriages, and a varied collection of other artifacts undergoing conservation. The Dry Lab deals with the finishing conservation treatments where visitors will get a hands-on experience with smaller items not currently on display. The tour also includes the Museumís Ironclad Revolution exhibit. To learn more, visit www.monitorcenter.org.

To reserve your place on this USS Monitor tour, please contact Julie Murphy at The Marinersí Museum, jmurphy@marinersmuseum.org or call 757-952-0466. The Museum has arranged for this special tour to be presented by members of the conservation staff at the deeply discounted rate of $10 per person. Reservations and payment (via credit card or check) must be made in advance.

Important Museum Rules and Waivers must be read, completed, and signed where appropriate.


Keynote Speaker

Bill Schindler
Augmented Reality: How we transformed a reality show into a unique teaching and learning opportunity

The new National Geographic series, The Great Human Race, represents an innovative approach to making television.  By merging reality tv with the most up-to-date interpretations of human evolution and technological innovation over the past 2.5 million years we attempted to create something different and significant.  This presentation will highlight the goals, obstacles and triumphs we faced in our struggle to accurately depict our shared ancestral past while simultaneously grappling to preserve the entertainment value necessary to catch and keep viewers.  The result was the formation of a unique teaching and learning opportunity that reached millions of people in 171 countries.

Coastal Plain Woodland Pottery Workshop
Thursday, March 16, 2017

1:00-4:00 p.m.


Sign up ASAP since seating is limited. Do not miss out

The Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference is excited to announce a rare comprehensive workshop on Coastal Plain Woodland Pottery. The workshop will feature Keith Egloff and Dr. Joseph Herbert who will present a broad look at Native American ceramic typology in Virginia and North Carolina, beginning with its origins in the Early Woodland and extending through to the contact period. The workshop is intended as a refresher for those who have some background in Native pottery but will also serve as a good introduction for those who have had little opportunity to study early pottery production in the region. Egloff and Herbert are widely regarded for their knowledge and understanding of the pottery of the region. A complete study collection will be on hand for attendees to observe and time will be allowed for questions regarding typology and the evolution of pottery through time. Other panel members may be added from neighboring states if time allows. This will be an exceptional opportunity for all of us to gain a better understanding of how the Native Virginians produced and refined their pottery making skill through time. This workshop also coincides with the launch of a new Native Ceramics Web Module by The Virginia Department of Historic Resources coming in the spring!   Don’t miss this workshop!

Woodland Pottery Workshop
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