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SAA’s Online Seminar Series

SAA’s Online Seminar Series is designed for students and archaeologists seeking professional development opportunities.

Why take an online seminar from SAA?

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

Upcoming Courses

Registration for free online seminars opens approximately 30 days prior to the course date.

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

Recent Seminars

New Developments in Technologies for the Measurement of Form and Space in Archaeology: An Introduction for Students

Date/Time
November 6, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM EST. Sold Out! Please send an email to waitlist@saa.org  with the name of the seminar you would like to register for in the Subject line. You will be  contacted if a seat becomes available.

Description

Exactly 60 years ago Gordon Willey famously stated that the objectives of archaeology are “approached by the study and manipulation of three basic factors: form, space and time.” Since then we have seen the huge impact that improved technologies for the measurement of time have had on the field. We are currently in the midst of a similar revolution in the methods for the measurement of space and form. The workshop is designed as an introduction to these developments - providing an accessible review of the characteristics and uses of such methods as high-resolution GNSS, “laser scanning,” close range photogrammetry and related methods for the measurement of space and form of landscapes, sites, structures and objects.

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to (a) assess the capabilities of different strategies, (b) the costs and benefits of the various technologies,  and (c) assess whether they may be of value to their projects.  They will be able to characterize the basic differences in the technologies and how they may be applied in archaeological and heritage contexts.

 

Instructors

Fred Limp has been involved in the application of geomatics methods to archaeology for more than three decades. He was the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies for 18 years. He has served as PI or Co-PI on four major NSF projects applying geomatics to archaeology and heritage management and in 2013 he was appointed by Interior Secretary Salazar to the Board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.  He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate and short courses on the topic. He is also a past president of the SAA.

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members/Not available to individual non-SAA members.

 

Proposal Writing in Cultural Resource Management

Date/Time

November 18, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 AM EST. Click Here to register!

Description

The seminar will provide an overview of the proposal-writing process in CRM.  The focus will be on competitive proposals for government clients, but many of the lessons will have cross-application to private-sector work.  The course will emphasize the importance of carefully evaluating each opportunity and developing an appropriate Go/No Go process.  This will include detailed advice on reading an RFP.  The course will stress that you have to have an angle, if you hope to have a winning proposal, and that your proposal must be properly designed to highlight your strengths.  The seminar will discuss in detail the difference between generic claims and actual proofs.  The course examples will be drawn from Espenshade’s experience, and will cover the Midwest, Northeast, MidAtlantic, Southeast, and Caribbean.   

Objectives

The goals of the seminar are: 1) to educate (or refresh) the students on the different factors that lead to a successful proposal; 2) to better organize or regiment the proposal-writing process; and 3) to provide the tools by which the participants can increase their return from their proposal efforts. 

Participants will come from this online seminar with an understanding that 1) not every firm should be chasing every opportunity.  Each firm should have a well-defined Go/NoGo process;  2) that the proposal-writer must know what gives their firm a good chance of winning the job before they begin writing a proposal; and 3) proposals should be focused on providing proofs. 

Instructor

Chris Espenshade is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with more than 28 years of supervisory experience in cultural resource management (CRM).  He holds an MA in anthropology from the University of Florida and a BA in anthropology from Wake Forest University.  Chris has worked for a number of major CRM and engineering firms, including: New South Associates; Skelly and Loy; Garrow & Associates/TRC Associates; and Brockington and Associates.  Chris currently serves as the Regional Director in CCRG’s Jackson, Michigan office.  He had proposal-writing duties at all of these firms, and wrote successful competitive proposals for a full range of federal, state, and private-sector clients. 

Pricing

$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member.

$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

An Introduction to the Section 106 Process

Date/Time

December 2, 2014 , 1:00-3:00PM EST. Click Here to register!

Description

This two-hour online seminar is intended for archaeologists who want an initial understanding of the Section 106 process

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to outline the basic Section 106 process, identify the participants involved in the process, and summarize its procedures following 36CFR800. In addition students will know the basic provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Instructor

Thomas Green is an independent teacher, scholar, and consultant regarding cultural resource management and former director of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.

Pricing

$99 individual SAA members/$129 individual non-SAA member.

$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

The Conservation and Management of Rock Art: An Integrated Approach

Date/Time

Thursday,  January 22, 2015,  2:00-4:00PM EST. Click Here to register!

Description

 Compared to the attention that archaeologists have given to conventional archaeological features and artifacts that are partly or fully buried within deposits , exposed rock art surfaces that contain petroglyphs and pictographs have paradoxically been overlooked and so many have accordingly suffered from neglect. This course shows that being fixed in place, rock art sites contain unique features that allow us to understand the past and the ongoing significance of these enduring places,  which along with indigenous significance and general public interest , are sufficient reason for their appropriate study, management,  and conservation.

Objectives

The online seminar will introduce archaeologists to basic principles and procedures regarding rock art conservation and management.  Participants will come away understanding:  1) Rock art conservation decisions are intricately tied to site variables,  various significance values, the input of stakeholders and how sites are represented to the public.  2) The unique ways in which location, history, significance values, condition, management context, stakeholders, and site preservation determine how a site is best managed and conserved.  3) Knowledge of the rock surface has shown that a number of pre-conceptions concerning rock weathering are flawed.

Instructor

Johannes Loubser is a Research Associate at the University of Witwatersrand’s Rock Art Research Institute and the Lamar Institute in Georgia. He has worked at rock art sites in various regions of the U.S. and Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Bolivia, and the Hawaiian archipelago. Loubser  has written book chapters and lectured extensively on rock art site management and conservation.

Pricing

$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member.

$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management

Date/Time

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST. Click Here to register!

Description

This online seminar will introduce participants to the background of archaeological data management, how good data management is organized, and tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing project and research workflows to ensure good management of digital data.

Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to: 1) identify good digital data management practice as it relates to the topics of data storage, data archiving, long-term preservation, and the access and reuse of digital data; 2) produce a data management plan for a current or future projects; and 3) be able to identify and use the many tools, applications, and websites available to help manage and curate digital archaeological data.

Instructors

Francis P. McManamon, RPA, is the Executive Director of Digital Antiquity. Issues and topics related to the management of archaeological data and information is one of his professional focuses. Digital Antiquity develops and maintains tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), an international repository for data and documents related to archaeology and archaeological investigations.

Jodi Reeves Flores is a Digital Curator and the CLIR/DLF Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences at Arizona State University Libraries and the Center for Digital Antiquity (Digital Antiquity).

Pricing

$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member

$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members

Publishing Your First Article in American Antiquity

Date/Time

Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:00-4:00 PM EST

Description

This one-hour seminar offers a concise primer on the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript to American Antiquity.

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to determine if their work is suited for publication in American Antiquity; they will understand the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript; and they will take away tips for effective manuscript revision. The intended audience is first-time contributors to American Antiquity, including graduate students.

Instructor

Dr. Kenneth Sassaman is the sitting Editor of American Antiquity, with 30+ years of experience in the profession, including abundant publishing experience.

Pricing

FREE to individual SAA members/Not available to individual non-SAA members.

Fundamentals of Budgeting for Archaeology Projects

Date/Time

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST. Click Here to register!

Description

 This course will focus on the fundamentals of budgeting for an archaeology project, drawing on the instructor’s 30+ years of experience in creating budgets for cultural resource management projects.  It will examine how budgets are developed for different kinds of contracts and for various types of archaeology projects.  Practical examples will be given to highlight the concepts taught, and common budgeting pitfalls will be identified. The course is appropriate for recent college graduates, graduate students, and junior-level archaeological staff members.

Objectives

The seminar will introduce participants to the basic principles underlying budgeting for an archaeology project.  Although presented from a CRM perspective, the concepts introduced are also applicable to budgeting for grants. After participating in the online seminar, attendees will be able to:  1) Calculate overhead/indirect project costs.  2) Estimate labor costs. And 3) Estimate direct project costs.

Instructor

Susan M. Chandler is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with 37 years of experience on prehistoric and historic investigations in the western United States.  Until her retirement in 2013, Ms Chandler was President of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., a CRM firm in Colorado that she founded in 1987. 

As President of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Ms. Chandler was in charge of overall company management. She monitored general operating costs, enforced company policies and procedures, and oversaw the planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of all projects.  She negotiated all contract budgets and tracked project hours and direct expenses to stay within established schedules and budgets. 

Ms. Chandler is Past-President of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists and the American Cultural Resources Association.  She served as Treasurer for the Society for American Archaeology and serves on the SAA Investment and Finance Committee.  She is the current SAA Liaison to the RPA.

Pricing

$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member.

$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

 

Additional Information and Requirements  

General Information

  • Cancellations are allowed up to 30 days before the online seminar. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Each member-ony SAA online seminar will accommodate 50 computer connections or "seats." All fee-based seminars will accomodate 35 "seats".

  • Registration for individual seminars closes 24 hours 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.

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, all participants must be registered at the same time by the primary registrant. No additions may be made after registration. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion once their participation had been verified by the primary registrant.

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