Society for
California Archaeology

Upcoming events

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 AM (UTC)
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM (UTC)
    • Oakland Marriott City Center - 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607



    The 57th Annual Meeting will be held March 16-19, 2023 at the Oakland Marriott City Center and the theme is Connecting People With the Past. 

    The SCA’s mission statement says the organization is dedicated to the research, understanding, interpretation, and conservation of the heritage of California, but what does that mean in practice? We spend lots of time on fieldwork and writing reports, but how much of that actually gets beyond the gray literature out to a larger audience? If we truly want to build appreciation for the heritage of California, we need to engage with the general public to explain how archaeology is more than “being Indiana Jones” or finding gold. The last several national presidential elections have resulted in shifts in federal policies that have had major implications for cultural resources. Building interest in archaeology has the potential to carry forward into building political support for preservation.  But how does the average archaeologist connect with audiences?  The plenary session brings together those with skills in connecting with varied audiences, from children to racial minorities to differently abled people. They will share stories of how they connect to lay audiences to build appreciation for California’s heritage. Hopefully their examples will inspire SCA members to expand their interpretation efforts and tap into their creativity.

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    Refunds for cancelled registrations will not be granted after February 16, 2023.  If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will be applied as a donation to the SCA.  

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Volunteers are a valuable resource at the SCA Annual  Meeting. They assist the local planning committee, working as room monitors, ticket takers, registration desk assistants, event and tour help, etc. With your six-hour commitment, the student registration fee is waived and regular member fee is 50% off. You will receive access to all general sessions, symposia, and non-ticketed events. All other events require tickets. Of course, you will also receive our deepest gratitude!

    Please be sure to become a member prior to submitting this form. 

    Upon receipt of your volunteer form we will contact you about your service, then your meeting registration will be entered into the system. If you wish to attend ticketed events, such as the workshops, you may register for those separately.

    You will receive confirmation of meeting registration within a week of your form submission. If you have questions, contact the Business Office at

    Volunteers must register on or before February 1, 2023.  

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 AM
    • Annual Meeting Program - Oakland

    Your advertisement in the 2023 Meeting Program is a great opportunity to reach a large, statewide audience. This meeting attracts professionals and community leaders, planners, public and private sector representatives, and avocational archaeologists from all over California. The Program will include a list of all workshops, events, tours, and other activities planned for the meeting, and is used by all attendees.

    Advertising artwork should be sent to the SCA Business Office at The deadline for artwork is January 15, 2023.

    Artwork specs:

    Full-Page Ad Dimensions: 4.75" x 7.75”

    Half-Page Ad Dimensions: 4.75" x 3.5”

    Quarter-Page Ad Dimensions: 3.25" x 4.25”

    Business Card: 3.5" x 1.75

    JPEG or PDF format, 300 dpi at ad size

    B/W or Gray scale

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

    Vendor set-up will be Thursday March 16, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Breakdown must be completed by 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2023.

    Rates are per six-foot table (including linens and two chairs) for the three days of the meeting.
    1-2 tables: $120.00 per table
    3 or more tables: $105.00 per table
    Non-Profit: $65.00 per table
    Electric: email for pricing 

    Internet: Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Table reservations are due by February 16, 2023.

    Cancellations must be made via email to before Friday, February 15, 2023, to receive a 50% refund.

    Please Note: We are required to have the California Board of Equalization form BOE-410-D REV.6 (5-12) on file for all vendors EVEN IF YOU SELL NOTHING. Please complete and return the Seller’s Certificate (found at via e-mail to office@scahome.

    To pay by check, please return the completed form, along with your check made payable to the SCA, to: SCA BUSINESS OFFICE, P.O. Box 2582, Granite Bay, CA 95746, (530) 342-3537.

    Exhibitors shall indemnify and hold harmless the Society for California Archaeology, its officers, employees and members, and the Oakland Marriott City Center, from any and all liability that might ensue from any cause whatsoever. Exhibitors agree to make no claims against all parties listed above for any loss, theft, damage, or destruction of goods, or for any injury to themselves or employees while in the exhibit area.

    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • SCA Annual Meeting in Visalia

    The 2023 SCA Ethics Bowl will take place at the 57th Annual Meeting in Oakland.  

    Ethics has become an increasingly significant topic, as can be seen with Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement, NAGPRA, etc. Ethics debates provide people an opportunity to consider a number of ethical dilemmas before they land on your doorstep. Let’s show that California archaeologists are interested in ethics.

    In addition to teams from colleges and universities, we are opening participation up to Agencies and CRM firms. It should be fun, exciting, and educational. We need a minimum of four teams to hold the Ethics Bowl this year. REGISTER NOW!

Society for California Archaeology
Business Office
P.O. Box 2582 |  Granite Bay  |  CA 95746

Contact Us:
(530) 342-3537

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