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SAA’s Knowledge Series

SAA’s Knowledge Series is an exclusive member benefit, consisting of free one-hour, online lectures by prominent archaeologists and individuals from related fields. Lectures are archived on the Members' Only side of SAAweb for those who cannot join live or wish to listen again.

  • Free for SAA members.
  • Enhance your knowledge base quickly and easily.
  • Hear from top people in the field.

Upcoming Lectures

Registration for these free online lectures opens approximately 2 weeks prior to the lecture date.

Archaeology and Economic Development: The Rules of Engagement


January 18, 2018, 3:00-4:00pm  ET 


Archaeologists frequently cite economic development as a possible positive outcome of their research, despite increasing evidence that such programs often have problems with resource allocation, shifting government priorities, participant competition and conflict, and sustainability. While there are no hard and fast guidelines that lead to success across all cultural contexts, there are some basic considerations that may improve outcomes. In this course, Pyburn will summarize and critique her own efforts to ally archaeology to economic development in Belize and in Kyrgyzstan as a prelude to outlining some useful rules of engagement for other archaeologists hoping to contribute to developing economies. In particular, she will consider the model of common pool resources elaborated by economist Elinor Ostrom and recently developed for archaeological application by Peter Gould.


Anne Pyburn has been involved in archaeology since she was 9 years old. She has been involved in economic development since 1984, when she consulted for a Women in Development Project in Yemen for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She recently co-edited a book on the subject of archaeology and development, called Collision or Collaboration: Archaeology Encounters Economic Development. She has done archaeologically-based development projects in Belize and Kyrgyzstan. She is currently Provost’s Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers



Recent Lectures

Past Knowledge Series lectures have been archived and are available on the Members' Only side of SAAweb.


Additional Information and Requirements  

General Information

  • Each member-only SAA  Knowledge Sereis lecture will accommodate 100 computer connections or "seats."

  • Registration for individual seminars closes 1 week prior to the start time or when the limit of  "seats" is filled.

  • Participants must have an internet connection and a computer with speakers to participate.

  • Member-only online seminars may be recorded for future broadcast to SAA members.
  • Knowledge Series lectures are not certified for RPA continuing education credits, and participants do not receive certificates of completion. 

Questions? Contact onlineseminars@saa.org