2019 Eastern Section-SSA Annual Meeting

2019 Meeting

Date & Location

3-5 November 2019
The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio


Christine Goulet and Daniel Pradel
Contact: EasternSectionMeeting@seismosoc.org

Important Dates

Student Travel Grant Application Deadline: 15 September 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 22 October 2019
Hotel Room Block Reservation Cutoff: 15 October 2019
Online Registration Deadline: 1 November 2019

Meeting at a Glance


Online registration deadline: 1 November 2019

Registration Type Registration Cost
(Online and On-site)
Member, Regular $220
Non-Member, Regular $250
Student Member $110
Field Trip $75
Banquet, Regular $85
Banquet, Student $55

On-site registration will be available.

Conference Program

View the complete 2019 program:

2019 Program PDF [3 MB]


Field trip to Serpent Mound Crater and Serpent Mound Monument

Sunday, 3 November

Serpent Mound Crater is an impact structure several kilometers in diameter that was formed about 320 Million Years ago by a hypervelocity meteorite impact. During the site visit we will stopping at several locations to observe the ring graben and central uplift, then stop at a lab where recently obtained rock cores are stored locally (Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_Mound_crater and https://impactcraters.us/serpent_mound_ohio)

Additionally, we plan to visit the famous Serpent Mount Monument a Native-American earth structure built around 300 BCE that depicts a long snake (about 420m long ) that is about to eat an egg (Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_Mound and https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-americas/great-serpent-mound-ohio-largest-earthen-effigy-world-001594)

Banquet Speaker (Native-American Earthmounds of Ohio)

Speaker: Bradley T. Lepper
Brad Lepper is a Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio History Connection. In addition, he has occasionally been a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University. His primary areas of interest include North America’s Ice Age peoples, Ohio’s magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of Archaeology. Noteworthy research includes excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon and discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, featured in a documentary that was first broadcast on PBS in 1998.

Hotel Information

The conference is located within walking distance of the Blackwell Inn (4★ theblackwell.com) and a block of rooms has been reserved there at the rate of $149/night. The Blackwell Inn is located on the campus of the University at 2110 Tuttle Park Place Columbus, Ohio 43210. Phone: 866-247-4003. To receive the negotiated group rate, participants should identify themselves as being associated with the OSU Civil & Environmental Engineering & Geodetic Engineering Department.

Other less convenient options (about 40-minute walk away) include:

  • Marriott Columbus University Area at 3100 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202. Phone: (614) 447-9777)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus University Area at 3045 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202. Phone: (614) 447-1212
  • Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area at 3232 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202. Phone: (614) 263-7200

Student Information

Student Travel Grants

Applications were due by 15 September 2019. Learn more about the application process here.

Student Awards

Awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by students.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract Deadline: 22 October 2019

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Poster Information: The maximum poster size is 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide.