The Great Basin Anthropological Association, Inc.

A Non-Profit Corporation


Planning for the 34th Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC) is well under way!  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Boise, Idaho.  Stay tuned here for important dates, deadlines, and other information.

Announcement:  GBAC Field Trip Information (posted 1/30/2014)

This year GBAC will provide two field trips.  Both trips depart from the Riverside hotel on Saturday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m.  Transportation will be provided via a commercial van/bus.  Please provide your own lunch, water, and any other necessitieis.  The hotel will have a bag lunch option available for purchase.  Rest rooms will be available on both trips.  Spaces are limited, so register early to save your spot!

Trip 1: Swan Falls Dam/Wees Bar Petroglyphs

     Cost: $20
     Length: 5 hours
     Max # of people: 20

This trip combines historic and prehistoric sites situated in the scenic rock canyon of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area SW of Boise. The historic dam is operational and houses a self- guided museum of the original 1907 dam which is easily accessible from the parking lot.  Numerous petroglyphs are etched on riverine boulders a short distance downstream and will be accessed by a short boat ride provided by Idaho Power Company who operates the dam.

Boise State University Event: Celebration Park Field Trip

Spend an afternoon along the scenic Snake River at Celebration Park and participate in a set of NSF funded seed grinding experiments. This session will compare the efficiency of ten different ground stone tool designs--five ground stone morphologies, and two types of stone—for reducing wild grass seeds to finer particles.  The session is part of a larger project evaluating relationships between hunter-gatherer tool design, mobility, and resource use. Participants will be asked to process seeds for two, non-consecutive, 30-minute segments.  Lunch, transportation, and a tour of nearby petroglyphs will be provided. Twenty participants are needed. 

Celebration Park is located some 35 miles south of Boise and is Idaho's only archaeological park. The park is well known for its extensive and diverse rock art field.  The experimental session will be held in the park's new Crossroads Museum facility. Transportation will depart from the Riverside hotel at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 18th and will return at 3:30 pm.

Please contact Tammy Buonasera for more information (530) 816-1207.

Announcement:  First Call For Symposia and Early Registration Opens (posted 1/30/2014)

On Friday, January 31, 2014, Early Registration officially opens. 

Announcement:  Call for Volunteers (posted 1/30/2014)

Volunteers are an integral part of any successful conference.  We value the time and effort of conference volunteers and have put together a special program for those who contribute to the 2014 GBAC.  Reduced conference rates are applied for the following:

  • Four hours of volunteered time, $25.00 off of registration

  • Eight hours of volunteered time, $50.00 off of registration

  • Two days of volunteered time, SUPER volunteer status achieved, your registration is fully complimentary.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Marc Münch.


Announcement: Vendors Must Apply for Temporary Seller's Permits (posted Dec. 12, 2013)

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2014 GBAC, please make sure you apply for the Idaho State Tax Commission Temporary Seller's Permit (click here).  This appears to be an easy process; however, it is imperative that you apply for the permit before you sell anything at the conference venue.


Announcement: Call For Founders Award Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Founders Lifetime Achievement Awards, which recognize the exceptional contributions of members that have participated for more than 20 years in the development of Great Basin Anthropology. Contributions can be through research and publications and through distinguished service that improves education, communication, and interaction between individuals, groups, and various state, federal, and local agencies.

Nominees must have a publication record of major contributions and/or a record of distinguished service. The service and research contributions of a nominee may be in the fields of archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and/or linguistics: or in ancillary disciplines of the earth, biological, or social sciences, so long as these have contributed the anthropological study of the peoples and cultures of the Great Basin.

Nominations must be received by August 1, 2014. All General Members (including GBAC Board Members) may make nominations.

The nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter

  • A CV for the nominee

  • Three to four letters of support for the nominee

Submit your nominations for up to two GBAC Founders Lifetime Achievement Awards in writing by mail or email to the GBAA President, Pat Barker, at barkerj@unr.edu. Want more information abou the Founders Award?  Click here.


Upcoming GBAC Dates and Deadlines

  • February 1, 2014: Call for Symposia

  • April 1, 2014: First Call for Papers

  • May 1, 2014: Second Call for Papers

  • June 1, 2014: Third Call for Papers

  • July 1, 2014: Last Call for Papers

  • August 1, 2014: All Abstracts Due & Founders Award Nominations Due

  • October 15-19, 2014: Conference Time!



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