Get ready for the 2012 Southern Anthropological Society meeting

The 2012 Annual Southern Anthropological Society meeting will be hosted by Anthro-Teach at the University of Alabama Birmingham at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14th-17th. This year’s theme is “Peace, Justice, and Environment” and our keynote speaker will be Professor Beth Conklin (Vanderbilt University).

The Sheraton is located in downtown Birmingham and is within walking distance of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the McWane Science Center and the Civil Rights Institute.

A fieldtrip to the Civil Rights Institute is planned for the Sunday after the conference. Book your room at the Sheraton by February 13, 2012 before 5 p.m. to receive the special conference rate of $115.00 per night. The SAS Annual Meeting provides professional anthropologists and students of anthropology with an opportunity to explore and share current projects and issues within the field. Please direct any questions to the meeting chairs, Sharyn Jones ( or Lori Cormier (

For more information, visit the Southern Anthropological Society website.

APT and UAB go to Fiji


UAB Anthropology went to the Fiji Islands and Alabama Public television was there to see it. Check out the APT's Digital Media Library to learn about the projects funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted by UAB students.

Digging for the Truth

Sarah Parcak says debunking myths can be crucial to educating students about archaeology.

The ancient Maya have been busted. So have King Tut and the entire population of Atlantis. For that you can thank students in a UAB “Mythbusters” honors seminar led by archaeologist Sarah Parcak, Ph.D. Last fall, they went hunting for the facts behind popular archaeological myths, debunking everything from cursed Egyptian tombs to cities lost beneath the sea.


UAB Students Join Search for Slave Quarter Remains

Thirteen University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) anthropology students are participating in an excavation at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park this month as part of a course on the history, archaeology and culture of slavery.

The students are enrolled in the course The Anthropology of Slavery, which examines the practice of slavery from historical, archaeological and cross-cultural perspectives and looks at how slavery has been practiced world