10/07/2023 - 10/08/2023    
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Gladfelter Bldg.
701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC, 28778




WHAT: NCAS Annual Fall Meeting (and Birthday Party…I hope there’s cake; I like cake.)

WHEN: Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th, 2023.

WHERE: Canon Lounge, Gladfelter Bldg., Warren Wilson College (Saturday program and reception) and Biltmore Estates (Sunday morning site tour…where it all began 90 years ago!)

9:00am Gladfelter Building opens (event set-up)

9:30-10:00am Morning Reception (check-in, coffee/refreshments)

10:00-10:50am NCAS BOD Meeting followed by the Membership Meeting (Opening Remarks and Announcements for the Silent Auction, Saturday Reception & Sunday Tour, Raffle, and Elections)

11:00-11:15am Dr. Scotti Norman (Warren Wilson College) – “Overview of the Warren Wilson College Archaeology and Anthropology Program: Current Projects”

11:15-11:55am Dr. David Moore (Warren Wilson College/Joara Project) – “Joara and Fort San Juan: Sixteenth Century Native Americans and Spanish Colonizers in Western North Carolina”

11:55-12:35pm Dr. Tom Whyte (Appalachian State University) – “Warm-Weather Tourism in Boone, a Trend that Began 12,000 Years Ago.”

12:35-1:35pm LUNCH BREAK (ON-SITE, provided by TRC Environmental)

1:45-2:25pm Dr. Jane Eastman and Dr. Brett Riggs (Western Carolina University) – “Astronomical Landscapes in Western North Carolina”

2:25-3:05pm Dr. Alice Wright (Appalachian State University) – “Old Data, New River: Revisiting and Revealing the Indigenous Landscapes of Northwestern North Carolina”

3:05-3:45pm Dr. Cameron Gokee (Appalachian State University) – “Oral and Archaeological Histories of Junaluska: A Black Appalachian Community”

3:45-4:45pm Q&A Session/Comments/Election Results – Time to mingle, place your winning bids, network, and check your Instagram.

6:30-8:30pm RECEPTION (sponsored by the North Carolina Archaeological Council) – Music (BYOI –bring your own instrument?), cake, treats, raffle prize drawing & pick-up, silent
auction results and pick-up… non-sanctioned pre-late-night shenanigans…

9:30am Gather in the Parking Lot at Gladfelter Building, Warren Wilson College, to board the vans that will transport you back in time (i.e., drive you to Biltmore Estates…I’m doing my best here)

10:00am Arrive at Biltmore Estates to meet Scott Shumate (Biltmore Estates Archaeologist) who will guide us on a 2-hour walking tour of sites on the Biltmore grounds (please dress accordingly depending on the weather)

12:00pm Tour concludes, and we are all regrettably whisked back to the present day (in other words, get back in the van)

12:30pm Ladies and Gentlemen, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position as we return to Warren Wilson College where we bid you adieu… to you, and you, and you…

• Accommodations have been secured at the Comfort Inn (1435 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 [828.298.4000 or 828.298.0197]). A special group rate has been offered for ONLY Saturday night, October 7, at $114.75 plus tax (double occupancy rooms). We have 20 rooms blocked. If you choose to stay Sunday night, the rate will be $203.00 plus tax for that night. Fixed Cut-off Date for the special rate is September 6, 2023. Ask for the “NCAS BLOCK” to secure one of the double-occupancy rooms at the special rate for the night of the October 7 event. The hotel is easily accessible and only 3 miles from WWC.
Other hotels are nearby but the rates are variable ($$). Complimentary breakfast is offered at the hotel.
Every room has a microwave, coffee maker, fridge, and flat screen tv. Laundry facilities are also on site as is a heated pool.
As always, Tom will be on hand at the merchandise table where raffle tickets will be sold ($1 each or 6 for $5). Not only will there be new merch in stock (see the new t-shirt/hoodie designs in this issue), but we will also be offering some special 90th Birthday swag for sale only on Saturday.
If you are interested in helping with setup or break down of our
special event, please contact Linda Carnes-McNaughton by email at lfcmdoc@gmail.com. She needs some helpers and facilitators. If you have any special items you’d like to include in the Silent Auction, please let her know ASAP.