GBAC 2023 Preliminary Program

It is with excitement that we share the Preliminary Program for the 38th Biennial Great Basin Conference (GBAC) to be held in Bend, OR October 18-21st. With just under one month to go, things are coming together and we look forward to catching up with everyone soon. In the meantime, please review the Preliminary Program and the 160 paper and poster abstracts that will make this year’s conference a great one. To date, 17 vendors have reserved tables in the Book Room, ensuring that it will be a vibrant gathering place featuring a range of goods and services.

We wish to share a couple of important announcements along with the Preliminary Program:

  1. Unfortunately, the Paisley Caves fieldtrip scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd 9:00-5:30 has been cancelled. We are in the process of reaching out to people who had signed up for the Paisley fieldtrip to offer refunds. As an alternative and due to overwhelming demand, we are offering a second Newberry Crater fieldtrip on Sunday, October 22nd 9:00-1:30. This second Newberry Crater fieldtrip will be offered in addition to the originally scheduled Saturday fieldtrip, which is now full. Both Newberry Crater fieldtrips will visit the location of the 9500 year old structure reported by Thomas Connolly and Dennis Jenkins, who will serve as tour guides. You may sign up for the Sunday Newberry fieldtrip here: We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your flexibility and support of the GBAA.
  1. There are still banquet tickets available for Friday evening. For the first time, the banquet will feature a Keynote Lecture by David Hurst Thomas titled “Survivance and the Deep Great Basin Past.” It will also include presentation of the Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Book Prize, President’s Award, and Founders’ Award, followed by dancing. We encourage people to get their banquet tickets ASAP, here:
  1. There is still time to reserve a table in the Book Room for the low rate of $75/table for the duration of the conference. Space is limited so do not delay. To reserve one or more tables, please visit:
  2. There is still time to become a sponsor.Corporate sponsorship and individual donations are critical for the conference’s success. Join the list of two dozen organizations and numerous individuals who have already supported the GBAC. We have been featuring 3-4 companies each week on our webpage and social media, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. To learn more about our 2023 sponsors, please visit:

Individuals wishing to donate to the GBAA may do so by visiting this page:

Thank you everyone for your continued support of the GBAC and GBAA. This year’s conference is going to be great one. Watch for more updates and news in the coming weeks!

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