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SAA’s Online Seminar Series

SAA’s Online Seminar Series offers free and fee-based professional development opportunities designed for students and archaeologists seeking to enhance their skill sets or knowledge base.

Why take an online seminar from SAA?

  • Keep up to date on developments in the field with the help of a leading  expert.
  • Enhance your skill set and knowledge base quickly and easily in just an hour or two.
  • Advance in your job or career: Most SAA Online Seminars are RPA Certified and RPAs can receive Continuing Education Credit on the certified seminars.
  • Receive a certificate of completion from SAA .

Additional Information and Requirements  

General Information

  • Cancellations are allowed up to 14 days before the online seminar. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Each member-only SAA online seminar will accommodate 75 computer connections or "seats." All fee-based seminars will accommodate 40 "seats".

  • Registration for individual seminars closes one 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.

  • All one-hour, member-only online seminars will be recorded and available in our archive for SAA members. Two-hour seminars will not be recorded.
  • All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Group Registration

  • Two or more individuals sharing a single computer connection or "seat" may qualify for the group rate. Only the primary registrant is required to be an SAA member to receive SAA group-member pricing.
  • When registering groups, the primary registrant must submit the name and email address of each group participant in an Excel file seven days before the course date to elizabeth_pruitt@saa.org. We regret that we cannot add group participant names after that time. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion once their participation had been verified by the primary registrant.

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Upcoming Courses

Registration for fee-based online seminars opens when the course description is posted. Registration for free online seminars opens approximately 12 days prior to the course date.

Check back often. Our list of online seminars will be growing soon.        

Recent Seminars


Archaeological Application of Terrestrial Laser Scanning


October 26, 2017 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!


Terrestrial laser scanning is becoming cheaper, smaller, faster, and more common. Is it the right technology for your project? Terrestrial laser scanning has become reasonably commonplace in archaeology, yet many potential users (and even current users) are not comfortable in determining the best applications and most efficient workflows for this technology. This two-hour seminar will provide enough background information and practical tips to enable participants to better evaluate and apply laser scanning to their work. The seminar will provide a starting point for beginners and help experienced users feel more confident in their decisions.


The goals of this seminar are to help participants:

a. Better assess terrestrial laser scanning’s  applicability to their needs.

b. Become familiar with the current state-of-the-art technologies.

c. Compare terrestrial laser scanning to alternative/complementary technologies.

d. Learn efficient workflows and practices.


Malcolm Williamson is a Research Associate with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST). He has been using mid- to long-range terrestrial laser scanners for heritage, architectural, and geological applications for over a dozen years. Williamson has worked on five continents at major sites such as Machu Picchu, Amarna, and Petra. In addition, he has project and teaching experience in airborne LiDAR and photogrammetry and has contributed to the development of laser scanning metadata “best practices”. As CAST’s projects have a broad variety of objectives and range from simple visualization to temporal documentation, to object extraction and classification, Williamson is well positioned to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of laser scanning compared to alternative approaches for a wide range of applications.


Individual Registrations: $99 for SAA members and $139 for SAA nonmembers
Group Registrations: $139 for SAA members and $179 for SAA nonmembers

Teaching Curation: A Guide to Developing a New, Stand-Alone Course or Integrating Curation into an Existing One


November 2, 2017 2:00-3:00pm  ET 


This one-hour online seminar is intended for faculty who are interested in (1) developing a new, stand-alone archaeological curation and/or collections management course or (2) integrating topics of curation into existing curriculum.


The three main goals of the seminar are to:

a. Provide faculty with a guide for creating a new, stand-alone course focused on archaeological curation or integrating curation into existing curriculum.

b. Offer participants pathways for developing the course description, content, objectives, and reading list.

c. Recommend strategies for determining which option is best (new course vs. integrating into existing curriculum).


In 2017, Danielle Benden launched Driftless Pathways, LLC, a museum consulting business. As owner of Driftless Pathways, she develops collections assessments, provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies. She has taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses at the university level for over ten years. In addition, Ms. Benden has instructed a variety of professional development trainings including SAA online seminars for archaeologists, and tailored curatorial programs for small museum staff. She has more than 15 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, ten of which have been directing field projects. She received a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Science in Museum and Field Studies with an archaeology emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She served as the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2016.

She is the current Chair of SAA’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation and serves on the Archaeological Collections Consortium. This work puts her at the forefront of the most current issues involving archaeological curation.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

The 3D Printed Past


November 15, 2017 2:00-3:00pm  ET 


Three-dimensional (3D) printing is increasingly infiltrating all aspects of society, from manufacturing and medicine to STEM education on K-12 levels. This seminar will explore the basics of 3D printing and how archaeologists can integrate 3D models and printed materials into the different facets of their discipline, from the field to the laboratory, and into the classroom and the museum. Particular attention will be paid to the following areas:

•    How digital 3D models enhance identification of artifacts and ecofacts in the field and laboratory over 2D drawings or photographs.

•    How 3D printed replicas expand opportunities for teaching and research at all levels of education, but especially for undergraduate teaching.

•    How 3D printed replicas can be incorporated into public outreach programs, maximizing access to the past, while minimizing risks to fragile heritage.

•    How 3D printed replicas can be integrated into museum exhibits to create a more interactive and tactile element.

The 3D printed past is not something from the far-off archaeology future, but should be seen as very much a part of the archaeological present.


The overarching goal of this one-hour seminar is to show how 3D printing can expand archaeology pedagogy (including teaching in under-resourced schools), research, and particularly engagement with the public.


Dr. Bernard K. Means founded the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in August 2011 with a Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management funded-project to explore the applications of three-dimensional (3D) scanning technology to archaeology. A selection of the 3D models created over the past 6 years can be found at: http://Sketchfab.com/virtualcurationlab. He and his team of undergraduate VCU students soon began to dedicate their efforts to applications of 3D printing to archaeology, including in the realms of research, teaching, and especially public archaeology.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers