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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

 

AMS Radiocarbon Dating: Expectations & Essentials for Sample Selection and Calibration

Date/Time

May 5, 2015, 2:00-4:00 EDT. Click Here to register!

Description

 The objective of AMS radiocarbon dating varies by project. At its most basic, AMS radiocarbon dating provides reference points to understand the chronology of past occupations or events. It may also be used to identify separate occupations, refine chronologies, and identify when individuals (humans or animals) lived. Understanding what constitutes an ideal sample and what can be dated is critical for archaeologists, particularly when it relates to life span of the material being dated. Life span of trees may exceed centuries, introducing another element of uncertainty to the date calibration.

Objectives

Participants will complete the online seminar with an understanding of what to select for dating, field methods, and AMS calibration. In addition they will be able to select something appropriate to date with confidence and prepare an appropriate sampling kit for the field.

Instructor

Linda Scott-Cummings started PaleoResearch institute 42 years ago to provide comprehensive archaeobotany studies. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a specialty is archaeobotany, she has been doing lab processing and interpreting the result of AMS radiocarbon dates for more than a decade.

Pricing

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

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

Advocacy 101 for Archaeologists: developing your toolkit during the crisis and the calm

Date/Time

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 EDT, 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Description

This one-hour online seminar offers resources and support for archaeologists who want to advocate for archaeological resources. After participating in the course, participants will be able to develop an advocacy plan to address a current or potential crisis.

Objectives

Objectives for the course are to enable participants to: Identify federal, state, and local laws that protect archaeological sites; craft personal statements for the benefit  of historical resources; address ethical conflicts that arise between archaeologists and those digging artifacts for personal gain; discuss affordances and constraints of partnering with collectors; and locate resources that highlight the economic and civic benefits of archaeology

Instructor

Sarah E. Miller MA, RPA is the director of the Northeast and east Central regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She is responsible for establishing a base of those interested in protecting archaeological resources, in fostering their interest, and in engaging them in activities that help preserve the archaeological record. An effective advocate for site preservation, Miller developed the workshop Archaeology Advocacy; Beyond Indiana Jones  for public audiences that have included city and county preservation staff, academics, avocational archaeologists, law enforcement, museums and other professional societies. She is the current chair of the Society for Historical Archaeology Public Education and Interpretation Committee, and a contributor to the recent volume Archaeologists as Activists.

Pricing

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

Introduction to Digital Repositories for Archaeological Materials: tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record)

Date/Time

September  28, 2015, 2:00-3:00 EDT

Description

This seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and where they can browse, access and download archaeological documents, data sets, images and other kinds of archaeological information. Archaeologists, whether they work in CRM, for government agencies, or in academic positions, can use digital repositories to store, organize and promote their archaeological work. Using tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) as a case study, participants will learn how to access and use resources in the repository and curate and manage CRM reports, data sets, photographs, GIS files and other archaeologically relevant digital resources.

Objectives

Participants will learn about several of the different digital repositories that are available, how to enhance their research by searching for archaeological “grey literature” online, including documents, data sets, images, and other supplementary information that supports published reports and manuscripts. They will also learn how to use the tDAR digital repository to store, edit, manage and preserve their digital archaeological files and projects. This will include how to use the different features and tools in tDAR to actively curate their data, for example, by controlling access permissions to confidential archaeological information.

Instructors

Dr. Jodi Reeves Flores, RPA and Leigh Anne Ellison, RPA, Center for Digital Antiquity.

Pricing

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

Archaeological Curation for the 21st Century

Date/Time

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

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Instructors

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. 

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 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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