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#MeToo controversy erupts at archaeology meeting

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Science  19 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6437, pp. 219-220
DOI: 10.1126/science.364.6437.219

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The annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) was roiled by a #MeToo scandal this past weekend, when an archaeologist banned from his university's campus for sexual harassment attended part of the meeting. Some of his accusers were also present: They used the buddy system to avoid running into him alone and missed the conference sessions they most wanted to see. Many archaeologists were outraged that the accusers' meeting was spoiled and that meeting organizers did not immediately eject the alleged harasser. The situation exposed blind spots in SAA's new harassment policy, instituted for the first time this year. The policy encourages attendees to report incidents of harassment to SAA staff and officers, who were wearing buttons that said "Talk to Me." But the procedures for investigating and addressing complaints focused exclusively on incidents at the meeting itself and could not guarantee protection for survivors of past harassment.