Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology

CNEHA 2021: Enduring Legacies

St. Mary’s City, Maryland

5–7 November 2021

Location: Historic St. Mary’s City and St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Hotel: Hampton Inn, Lexington Park, MD

CNEHA's 2021 annual meeting will be held at Historic St. Mary's City/St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, Maryland, on November 5-7, 2021. St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first colonial capital (c. 1634), is emblematic of many of the enduring legacies that historical archaeologists grapple with on a regular basis. The early Maryland colony was home to a man of African ancestry who participated in colonial governance (Mathias de Sousa, 1642) and a woman who demanded a right to vote (Margaret Brent, 1648). It was the location of a bold experiment in religious freedom that extended Christians the right to live free of the yoke of a State religion.

St. Mary's City was also a place from which European colonists launched repeated acts of aggression against Native peoples and it was where the first comprehensive slavery codes were passed in English North America. The complex interweaving and interdependence of legacies of opportunity and oppression found at St. Mary's City lies at the heart of early modern colonialism and echoed through the postcolonial period into contemporary society.

Hotel Booking at the Hampton Inn - By September 6th

The discounted conference rate is USD $89 plus tax per night, double occupancy.

Reserve a hotel room at the Hampton Inn, Lexington Park at the conference rate.

Call for Papers

The CNEHA 2021 Conference invites papers that engage with the enduring legacies that underpin their subject matter. Example themes could include:

 Call for Papers (pdf)

Organized paper sessions, panel discussions, individual papers, and posters on these themes, as well as all other aspects of historical archaeology in the Northeast, are welcome. Organized session or panel discussion proposals of no more than 250 words should describe the theme of the session and the anticipated number of papers/panelists. Abstracts should be no more than 150 wordsand clearly describe the purpose of the research, the significance of the work, and a summary of the results. Papers are limited to 20 minutes, and will be followed by a short Q&A period at the conclusion of each session. All organized session/panel discussion must be submitted by July 15, 2021 and all paper/poster abstracts must be submitted by August 1.

All lead authors(s) must be current members of CNEHA and must register for the conference (conference registration will open July 1). Session/panel abstracts and paper/poster abstracts can be emailed to Craig Lukezic (, or mailed to Ruth Mitchell, Historic St. Mary's City, PO Box 39, St Mary's City, MD 20686.

Conference Format

We are currently planning an in-person conference this year. In light of the COVID-19 crisis and vaccine availability, CNEHA and the conference committee are working closely with Historic St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College of Maryland to ensure that the conference will be safe for everyone. We anticipate making a final decision about the conference format early this summer.

Registration Rates

Pre-registration rates (rates will increase by $10 USD/CAD after October 15):

Full member: $65 US ($75 CAD)

Student member: $40 US ($50 CAD)

Non-members: $80 US ($95 CAD)

Young professional member: $50 ($60 CAD)

Member partner: $50 ($60 CAD)

Student Non-members: $55 US ($65 CAD)

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