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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


3D Morphometrics for Archaeologists


March 26, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET SOLD OUT


Morphology is the comparative study of form and it is fundamental to archaeological inquiry. Increasingly accessible 3D-scanning technology has allowed digital models of artifacts to have a prominent role in archaeological analyses. Modern landmark-based geometric morphometrics (GM) has become a staple analytical toolbox to evaluate archaeological hypotheses of artifact form across space and time. This seminar provides participants with examples of innovative 3D geometric morphometric analysis in the R programming environment. Instructors will work through archaeological examples to import, digitize, manipulate, analyze, and display 3D data using “GUImorph”, a user-friendly Graphical User Interface to R. No coding experience is necessary.


The objective of this course is to help users understand and conduct 3D GM analyses to answer archaeological questions, allowing them to:

  • Collect 3D morphometric data
  • Conduct a limited range of analyses
  • Visualize morphometric patterns


Dr. Erik Otárola-Castillo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He specializes in Computational Anthropology/Archaeology. He has been a developer of geometric morphometric methods (GM) since 2008. At Purdue University, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on statistical and computational methods. He is a founding co-developer of “geomorph,” a popular GM software in the R programming environment. He is the main developer of “GUImorph” a GM software that allows users to conduct GM analyses in R through an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Melissa G. Torquato is a graduate student in Anthropology at Purdue University, specializing in data management and modeling and geometric morphometrics. Since 2014, she has used computational methods to answer questions related to behavioral and morphological variation in humans.


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


Archaeologies of Landscape


May 2, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!


In recent decades, landscape research in archaeology has progressed considerably beyond the study of settlement patterns, natural resources, and land use.  Landscape has become a unifying concept for the study of meaningful places and sensory dimensions of human experience.  Archaeologists working on monumental landscapes think about ancient ideologies, cosmologies, performances, and Foucaultian surveillance.  Archaeologists working with Indigenous peoples on cultural landscapes are weaving together oral histories, migrations and traditional land use.  The goals of this seminar are: (1) to provide participants with a clear understanding of the historical development of diverse approaches to landscape; (2) to provide participants with a strong foundation in current theoretical and interpretive approaches to archaeological landscapes; and (3) and to provide participants with tools in the form of case studies and examples that may assist them in landscape research and management.  The seminar will cover a range of topics intersecting with landscape, including social order, cosmography, political landscapes, ideologies, natural places, memory and the body.


The objectives for this course are to provide participants with:

a. A clear understanding of the historical development of diverse approaches to landscape;

b. A Strong foundation in current theoretical and interpretive approaches to archaeological landscapes; and

c. Tools in the form of case studies and examples that may assist them in landscape research and management.


A professional archaeologist with 30 years’ experience, Ruth Van Dyke is a Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, where she regularly teaches a graduate seminar entitled, “Archaeologies of Landscape.” Her research is focused on the greater Chaco landscape, which encompasses not only monumental and domestic structures, roads and agricultural fields, but also viewsheds, soundscapes, and mountain peaks. Her landscape research has employed methods ranging from ArcGIS viewshed analysis to phenomenological investigation. She is the author of numerous publications on the Chaco landscape, including The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place (SAR Press, 2007). Together with colleagues, she is currently working with the National Park Service to help develop long-term goals and strategies for managing and preserving the greater Chaco landscape.


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


Oportunidades Internacionales para Estudiantes de Arqueología de América Latina


May 15, 2018 12:00-1:00pm  ET


This seminar will be presented entirely in Spanish.
From strict academic and institutional discourse to a personal approach, this seminar will introduce students from Latin America to the opportunities for personal and scientific enrichment through international experience. This international experience will broaden an individual’s perspective and future possibilities. Based on the instructor’s experience as an archaeologist from Mexico studying in Spain, he will share his experience and lessons learned with participants. Students from developing countries often encounter challenges while trying to travel abroad and this seminar will discuss funding options and ways to overcome these challenges. International institutions, forums, conferences, and universities where Latin American students can engage in fieldwork will also be highlighted.

Este seminario será presentado únicamente en español.
Desde el discurso académico e institucional hasta una aproximación personal, este seminario introduce a los estudiantes de América Latina en las oportunidades de enriquecimiento personal y científico a través de la experiencia internacional. Esta experiencia internacional ampliará una perspectiva personal y futuras posibilidades. Basado en la experiencia del instructor como arqueólogo originario de México estudiando en España, compartirá con los asistentes su experiencia y lecciones aprendidas. Los estudiantes de países en desarrollo habitualmente enfrentan retos cuando tratan de viajar al extranjero y este seminario presentará las opciones de financiamiento y los medios para sobrepasar estos retos. En el seminario se resaltarán las instituciones internacionales, foros, conferencias y universidades donde los estudiantes de América Latina pueden implicarse en el campo de trabajo.


The goals of this one-hour course are to:

a. Raise the awareness of the importance of international experiences in the field of archaeology among students and professionals in Latin American countries;

b. Present examples of international institutions for archaeological practice, research, and fieldwork as well as funding opportunities; and

c. Offer participants a professional strategy model for international experience success.

Las metas de este curso de una hora son:

a. Incrementar la concienciación de la importancia de las experiencias internacionales en el campo de la arqueología entre los estudiantes y profesionistas en países de América Latina;

b. Presentar ejemplos de instituciones internacionales para la práctica arqueológica, investigación y campo de trabajo, así como oportunidades de financiación; y

c. Ofrecer a los participantes un modelo estratégico profesional para tener éxito en experiencias internacionales.


Amilcar Vargas is a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona with a research focus on social participation in archaeological World Heritage Sites in Mexico. He completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology (2015) and an MA in Management of Cultural Institutions and Businesses (2013), both at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has a BA in Archaeology at the University of Veracruz, Mexico (2007).

His experiences abroad include an internship at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, research stays in Canada and Germany, participation in conferences and courses in Japan, Qatar, Poland, the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Romania, France, Germany, and Canada. To fund his international experiences, he has been awarded scholarships from DAAD (Germany), European Commission (Europe), CONACYT and FONCA (Mexico), and Fundació Montcelimar (Spain). In addition, his work as a consultant for World Heritage Sites in Spain has helped him to keep in contact with cultural heritage managers and academic and non-academic professionals.

Amilcar Vargas es candidato a doctor por la Universidad de Barcelona con una investigación enfocada en la participación social en sitios arqueológicos Patrimonio Mundial en México. Estudió una Maestría en Gestión del Patrimonio Cultural y Museología (2015) y una Maestría en gestión de Instituciones y Empresas Culturales (2013), ambas en la Universidad de Barcelona, España. Estudió la licenciatura en arqueología en la Universidad Veracruzana, México (2007).

Sus experiencias en el extranjero incluyen una estancia en la sede de la UNESCO en París, estancias de investigación en Canadá y Alemania, participación en conferencias y cursos en Japón, Qatar, Polonia, Holanda, Reino Unido, Italia, Rumania, Francia, Alemania y Canadá. Para financiar sus experiencias internacionales, ha ganado becas de la DAAD (Agencia Alemana de Intercambio Académico, Alemania), la Comisión Europea (Europa), el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT, México), el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA, México) y la Fundación Montcelimar (España). Además, su trabajo como consultor para sitios Patrimonio Mundial en España le ha ayudado para mantenerse en contacto con gestores del patrimonio cultural y profesionales del ámbito académico y no académico.


*This seminar is not RPA Certified and no credit will be given for taking this course.*
Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

*Este seminario no está certificado de acuerdo al Registro de Arqueólogos Profesionales (RPA) y no se otorgarán créditos por tomar este seminario.*
Gratuito para miembros individuales de la SAA.
No disponible para no miembros individuales de la SAA.