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Editor's Corner

By the time you read this, you will have made many of your plans for the annual meeting in New Orleans. This year's preliminary program has published much of what traditionally went into the pre-meeting Bulletin, and thus, you've probably noticed that we've significantly scaled back our meeting coverage, opting to publish a few reminders of major forums or sessions, as well as a somewhat idiosyncratic view of alternative ways to prepare for New Orleans. We chose to reduce coverage to avoid redundancy with the program and to save ever-tightening space for the kinds of things you've come to expect in the Bulletin--our columns, letters, and other features. Let us know what you think of this division of labor.

As you've seen in your ballot packet, SAAweb will be lit up and populated with plenty of useful information during March. Point your web browser to http://www.saa.org, and check it out. You can also view the text of the pages with a text browser such as lynx. While electronic media will never fully replace the printed page in the near term, these alternative media will continue to grow in importance, and each of us will find that regardless of whether or not we approve or disapprove of this trend, it is a major factor that is reshaping how we do archaeology no matter what the setting. SAAweb will likewise grow in importance to SAA, and we encourage your feedback and insights into how it serves your particular needs.

Another bit of news in your ballot packet is the resignation of Ralph Johnson as executive director. SAA owes much to Ralph's leadership and energy over these past three years, and he will be much missed by all of us who have had a chance to work with him. A search for his replacement is now under way.


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