The Montana Archaeological Society (MAS) will hold its 60th annual conference jointly with the Wyoming Archaeological Society (WAS) and Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists (WAPA) at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center (formerly the Red Lion) in Billings, Montana, April 26 - 29, 2018.
Conference events will include committee and business meetings Thursday afternoon, a Thursday late afternoon early bird gathering (RSVP required), a Friday morning workshop, a Friday morning BLM Curation Center Open House (RSVP required), papers and posters Friday afternoon, our traditional Friday night auction, Saturday presentation sessions, Saturday evening banquet/speaker, and Sunday field trips.
The Friday workshop, Building Bridges Between Cultures, will be led by Mr. Michael Blackfwolf, Fort Belknap's Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and a panel of other THPOs and tribal cultural resource professionals.
This year's featured speaker is Aaron Brien. His presentation, "Informant to Investigator: A Story of Indigenous Archaeology," will take place at the conclusion of the Saturday evening banquet.
Conference attendees will have the choice of three Sunday morning field trips. Steve Aaberg will lead a tour of the Alkali Creek archaeological site. For those more historically oriented, there is a walking tour of Billings' Southside led by Western Heritage Center staff. For those wanting to move at their own pace, there is a self-guided tour of Castle Butte located 40 miles easy-northeast of Billings.
The conference venue is the Billings Hotel and Convention Center (formerly the Red Lion), where rooms have been reserved for MAS and WAS/WAPA attendees. The conference room rate is $95/night (plus state lodging tax and local "bed tax"). Rooms must be booked by April 5th in order to secure the conference rate. Reservations may be made via phone by calling 1-406-248-7151. You must indicate that you are attending the MAS conference to receive the conference rate. Hotel guests have access to free self-parking in the hotel lot and complimentary shuttle service to and from Billings Logan International Airport. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, complimentary wireless internet, indoor pool and fitness center. The Billings Hotel and Convention Center is located just off of I-90 on Mullowney Lane. The Hotel has a full restaurant and lounge and there are numerous other restaurant options a short drive from the hotel.
Meeting Registration & Fees
Meeting registration is $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $10 for students. Registration for the Friday workshop (optional) is $25, with attendance limited to 50 participants. Banquet tickets are $40 for the steak entrée, $30 for the chicken entrée, and $25 for a vegetarian option; ticket prices include gratuity. Banquet tickets must be purchased by April 20 to ensure your dinner. Every effort will be made to accommodate special dietary needs (gluten-free, etc.) if you provide that information with your registration form. A cash bar will be available.
Meeting registration can be completed by mailing in a Registration Form, or by Registering Online through our website. Online registration offers a Paypal option. Hardcopy forms and fees should be mailed to the MAS Treasurer at PO Box 1123, Manhattan, MT 59741. A limited number of vendor tables are available. Vendors should contact Weber Greiser at email@example.com, or (406) 546-2403.