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Conference Schedule and Activities

The Plains Typology Conference consists of six sessions over three days. It will convene on Friday, (date to be determined) at 5:30 p.m, and end on Sunday, (date to be determined), at approximately 1 p.m.. Preconference and post-conference activities are also required of each participant. The flowchart below shows the proposed conference timeline.


Before the Plains Typology Conference begins, participants are asked to

  • Complete on-line conference registration form.
  • Complete and mail signed letter of informed consent.
  • Complete the Conference Expert Survey, on the Conference web site
  • Email your current curriculum vitae, as an attachment, to the logistics coordinator.
  • Arrange your travel plans and confirm with the logistics coordinator ( Paul Santarone ).
  • Supply digital images of projectile point types.

Tentative Conference Schedule

Here is a brief overview of what will happen in each of the six sessions during the Conference. Each session will last from two to three hours.

Friday night, Session 1 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.):

  • Presentation of Conference goals and procedures;
  • Training in the Simplot Decision Support Center ;
  • Reaction time training and data collection
  • Participant sketching of Plains projectile point types as geometric shapes.

Friday night, Dinner (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.).

{Between sessions, SIGGI trains on participant sketches.}

Saturday morning, Breakfast .

Saturday morning, Session 2 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; 11:00 – noon)

  • Using the SDSC system and knowledge elicitation protocol,
  • experts create typology of their geons.
  • experts arrive at consensus on categories for Plains points.
  • experts arrive at consensus on types within categories for Plains points.

Saturday lunch break (noon – 1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Session 3 (1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Using the SDSC system and knowledge elicitation protocol,
  • experts interact with SIGGI's classification of sketches.
  • experts train SIGGI by agreeing/disagreeing with classification of sketches.


Saturday, Session 4 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)

  • Using the SDSC system and categories/types defined in Session 2,
  • experts classify selected digital images submitted pre-conference.
  • experts discuss critical features for Plains typology.
  • experts arrive at consensus on tentative Plains typology.

Saturday, Dinner (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

{Between sessions, SIGGI trains on digital images, using typology developed during Session 4.}

Sunday, Session 5 (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)

  • Using the SDSC system and knowledge elicitation protocol,
  • experts review and evaluate SIGGI's classification of digital images.

Sunday brunch

{Between sessions, SIGGI “types” sketches based on new typology.}

Sunday, Session 6 (11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)

  • Using the SDSC system and knowledge elicitation protocol,
  • experts discuss outliers in the classification
  • experts finalize Plains projectile point typology.
  • experts define remaining problems, issues, tasks …..

12:30 p.m. – closing activity & end of conference


  • Participants will receive report of new Plains typology.
  • Participants will receive reports of SDSC sessions