STATE COLLEGE   --   MAY  9-11,  2003

LOCATION:  The Bald Eagle Archaeological Society (BEAS) Chapter 24 will host the annual SPA meeting at the RAMADA INN, 1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801.  For reservations, phone (814) 238-3001, and specify "Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology" (not just SPA) to guarantee a reduced rate of $69 (+8.5% tax) for a room with a king or two double beds.  Make reservations by April 9, 2003 to insure room availability.

DIRECTIONS:  If coming from the south, take Business Rt 322 (S. Atherton Street) into State College.  The hotel is on the left side before reaching center of town.  If coming from east or west on I-80, take Exit 161 (old Exit 24) to the newly opened section of US Rt 220, toward State College.  Take Exit 74, Innovation Park, then take left fork to Penn State  Go 3.3 miles (along Park Ave.) and turn left onto Business Rt 322 (Atherton St.); go 2.0 miles, hotel on right.

PAC:  Business meeting will be Fri. morning, followed on Fri. afternoon by a symposium that is open to all.
SPA:  Board of Directors will meet on Fri. evening.

PAPERS:  There will be one session in honor of Dorothy Humpf.  To present a paper in the two general sessions, contact Melissa Diamanti at 814-364-2135 (day) or 814-466-6607 (home) or

OPEN HOUSE will be held on Sat. afternoon at the Matson Museum of Anthropology, Penn State.  Exhibits include worldwide archaeology and contemporary cultures.  The curator will be available to answer questions.

MEALS:  The Saturday evening banquet will be a buffet, preceded by a social hour with cash bar.  Buffet will include beef, chicken, and vegetarian entrees.  Please register for the banquet in advance, because there will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door.  The hospitality room will be open Fri. & Sat. evening.  For meals, the hotel has a restaurant and there are others nearby.  Chapter representatives can meet for lunch on Sat., to discuss shared issues.  Contact Mary Alice Graetzer to reserve a place.

SPEAKER:   At the Saturday banquet, Dr. David Webster, Professor of Anthropology at Penn State, will speak on recent research in Mesoamerica.

AUCTION:  The auction to raise funds for the SPA will be held in two parts.  Most items will be placed in a silent auction, held during the day on Sat. in the Book Room.  A few items will be in a live auction after the banquet.  Questions can be directed to Mary Alice Graetzer.

BOOK AND EXHIBIT ROOM:  To reserve space for publication sales or research exhibits, contact Steve Sywensky at 814-237-0405 or

COORDINATION:  For other questions, contact Mary Alice Graetzer at 814-238-5239 or

REGISTRATION:  Please submit advance registration no later than April 24, 2003.  Registration is $21 in advance or $24 at the door, with a reduced rate of $15 for students (indicate school under Affiliation).

Make checks payable to: BEAS and mail by April 24, 2003
Mail to:
Melissa Diamanti
Bald Eagle Archaeological Society
101 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Centre Hall, PA 16828

SPA Annual Meeting Registration



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______  Registrations at $21.00 ea
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Buffet with Beef, Chicken, and Vegetarian entrees
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