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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.

Online Seminar Series FAQ

Have questions? Check out our Online Seminar Series FAQ page!

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


The National Science Foundation Archaeology Program: Insight into the Grant Application and Award Process


October 15, 2015, 3:00-4:00 EDT. Sold Out!


 This one-hour online seminar is designed for graduate students as well as more senior researchers--both archaeologists and individuals in related disciplines--who might consider submitting proposals to the NSF Archaeology Program or other relevant NSF competitions. The central goal of the seminar is to explain to potential applicants how the Archaeology Program at NSF is organized and functions. The grant application process will be explained and the characteristics of successful proposals described. Advice will be provided and specific questions answered through question and answer interaction.


Participants in the online seminar will: 1) Gain sufficient knowledge regarding the Archaeology Program’s goals, individual competitions, potential and limitations to determine whether it would make sense to consider an application submission: 2) Receive advice on proposal writing and insight into how proposals are evaluated, and receive useful information for crafting a successful application: and 3) Have the opportunity to ask, and receive answers to specific questions they may have. These likely will be of broader general interest.


John Yellen directs the Archaeology Program at NSF and thus has unique insight into how it functions. As an employee of NSF for many years he also has knowledge of other archaeologically-relevant competitions.


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

Archaeological Curation for the 21st Century


November 17, 2015, 2:00-4:00 EDT. Click Here to register!


This online webinar will:   (a) Provide a historical perspective on the curation crisis in Archaeology:  (b) Provide participants with a strong understanding of the entire process of archaeology, from pre-‐field planning through curation and: (c) Offer solutions and resources that can be used in daily tasks associated with development and maintenance of sound archaeological collections stewardship.


After participating in the online seminar, attendees will: (1) Develop a strong understanding of the curation crisis in American archaeology, from both historical and current perspectives and use this information to inform their future decision-making processes. (2) Understand the responsibilities that archaeologists have to the collections they generate, be conversant in the guidelines and procedures outlined in the Federal Curation Regulations, 36 CFR 79, and utilize this information when making choices about curation. (3) Apply the concepts to address issues of curation in their work places.


Danielle Benden is the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin--‐Madison. In addition to managing and providing access to the anthropological collections, she teaches Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses to undergraduates, and conducts her own archaeological research currently in southwestern Wisconsin. 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. 


$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member.
$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

Geophysical Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Overview and Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users, Teachers, and Consumers


December 3, 2015, 2:00-4:00 EST.  Click Here to register!


 Geophysics is finally starting to take hold in American archaeology, but there are very few opportunities for good training on how to operate the instruments, process the data, and interpret the results. The primary goal of this seminar is to provide a basic introduction to the fundamental principles of making geophysics work for archaeologists.  We will focus on several basic components of good practice, including choosing an instrument, setting up a survey, collecting good data, basic data processing, and most important of all—data interpretation. A wide variety of examples and case studies will be used from all across the US, with an emphasis on the three instrument types commonly used in American archaeology: magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistance meters. Doing good geophysics in archaeology is not about how many different instruments you can throw at a site, it’s about objectives and what you hope to achieve. So, it’s time to dust off that magnetometer that’s been sitting in the closet, charge up your geology colleague’s radar, and get yourself out in the field to collect some data!


After completing this course participants will have a basic understanding of how to (1) collect, (2) process, and (3) interpret geophysical data from the three main instruments used by archaeologists: magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistance meters. An emphasis will be placed on doing this with an archaeologist’s eye to understanding the archaeological record.


Jarrod Burks, Ph.D.is the Director of Archaeological Geophysics at Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. He has been conducting geophysical surveys on archaeology sites since 1998 in a wide variety of survey settings in terms of geology/soils and archaeological targets.  He has published his research national and international journals including American Antiquity, Archaeological Prospection, and the Journal of Archaeological Science.  For the past two decades he has been an  instructor at the National Park Service’s geophysics workshop for archaeology, hosted annually by the Midwest Archeological Center at a wide range of venues around the country.


$99 individual SAA member/ $129 individual non-SAA member.$129 group rate, SAA members/$149 group rate, non-SAA members.

Archaeological Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning


March 2, 2016, 2:00-4:00 EST. Click Here to register!


 Airborne Laser scanning (ALS, also known as lidar or LiDAR) is an active remote sensing technology used to create detailed and accurate 3D models of the earth’s surface and objects on it over extensive areas.  This two-hour online seminar aims to promote the use of ALS within archaeology by providing an overview of the technology, its potential applications in research and management, and examples of successful projects.


1. Assess the quality of raw ALS data and its appropriateness for their project.

2. Visually interpret ALS based terrain models and point clouds.

3. Critique or develop a proposal that includes ALS as part of a broader research or heritage management project.


Dr. Rachel Optiz, RPA, received her PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her doctoral project was one of the first to use airborne laser scanning to study archaeological landscapes.  She is currently chief topographer for the Gabii Project (Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan) and is using photogrammetry to document the excavations, making detailed 3D models of the site as it is being uncovered in order to help excavators understand the complex stratigraphy and inter-relating structures.


 $99 individual SAA member/ $139 individual non-SAA member, $139 group rate, SAA members/$159 group rate, non-SAA members.

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-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, the primary registrant must submit the name and email address of each group participant in an Excel file 7 days before the course date. We regret that we cannot add group participant names after the course had concluded. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion once their participation had been verified by the primary registrant.

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