SOAN Afoot at 2024 Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference

George Mason University Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference March, 2024

by Elyse Adams

SOAN Afoot at 2024 Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference
Mason's Bookroom Table at the 2024 MAAC Conference. From left to right: Elyse Adams, Kristen Browne, and Kristina Cockerille

The 54th annual meeting of the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference (MAAC) took place in Ocean City, Maryland from March 7th-10th, 2024. For three days, nearly 300 archaeology students and professionals along the east coast from New York to Virginia get together to share the latest in their work in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and historic preservation. Like other anthropological conferences, MAAC provides the platform to present papers, join discussion groups, and attend special workshops. What makes MAAC even more unique, is the attention to creating a space for students to grow and thrive alongside professionals in the field. Events geared towards students include resume workshops, round-table meetings with professors and leaders in the field, and student paper competitions. Student paper and poster awards are offered to graduates and undergraduates, providing the opportunity for winners to receive a cash prize, a one year membership to MAAC, and to have their work published in the MAAC Journal.

Kristen Browne presenting research at a podium

Graduate student, Kristen Browne of the Sociology and Anthropology Department presents research conducted with Applied Archaeology & History Associates, Inc, where Kristen serves as a crew chief. Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference, 2024.

Photo provided by Elyse Adams

This year, George Mason University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department hosted a table in the MAAC bookroom to spread the word about what our program has to offer. Over the course of the conference, we promoted the department and handed out a bunch of cool Mason swag. We exchanged information with many interested undergraduates exploring the possibilities of choosing Mason for their next academic step, and were approached by professors and academic advisers from a number of other institutions for information to pass along to their students and colleagues.

To learn more about MAAC, or to attend future conferences, please check out their website at Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference - Home (wildapricot.org).