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The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) will hold its 81st annual meeting April 11-14, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. These meetings, which will be attended by an estimated 2000 people, provide an exceptional forum for sharing current research and networking with colleagues. The sheer diversity of the presentations makes the AAPA annual meeting of interest to a wide audience. Our meetings are regularly covered by major news outlets such as Science and Nature.

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The City of Portland with Mount Hood in the Background

The AAPA annual meetings are held in conjunction with those of the Human Biology Association (HBA) and Paleopathology Association (PPA), which hold their annual conferences on April 11-12 and April 9-11, respectively. Further, the AAPA meetings provide the opportunity for other allied associations such as the Primate Interest Group, American Association of Anthropological Genetics, and Dental Anthropology Association to hold their annual events.

Portland provides a wonderful venue for the meetings, as it is a vibrant city with a thriving arts and music scene, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers, and vineyards. Portland is home to Powell's City of Books, which is the biggest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Portland is also recognized as being one of the best restaurant cities in the US ("America's new food Eden" according to Time Magazine, 2010), and has been described as the craft beer brewing epicenter of the US. It is also located at the northern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley, which produces some of the world's best pinot noir wines.

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The meeting hotel for AAPA 2012 is the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. For more information on hotel room reservations and special AAPA rates for the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, click here. Online reservations at the AAPA rates are available by following this link.

All sessions, banquets, business meetings for AAPA and affiliate organizations will be at these two conference hotels, which are located across the street from one another. The Hilton Portland hotels are located in the heart of downtown Portland, and close to more than 40 restaurants, galleries, brew pubs, museums, theaters, and shopping venues. Portland is one of the nation's cleanest and greenest cities, and offers excellent public transportation (TriMet) via light rail and streetcar, both of which are free of charge in downtown Portland, and the MAX light rail system services the Portland International Airport (PDX).

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The Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel

The meetings are being hosted by the University of Oregon's Department of Anthropology, with assistance from anthropologists from several Pacific Northwest universities such as Oregon State University and Washington State University-Vancouver. If you have questions about the meetings, please direct them to John Lukacs and Josh Snodgrass using the Local Arrangements Committee e-mail. A complete listing of Local Arrangement Committee personnel can be found here. This website is hosted by the Bones and Behavior Working Group and is being maintained by Josh Snodgrass.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

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