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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

Archaeology & Social Media: A Primer for Those Who Aren't Sure They Want It or Need It

Date/Time

December 10, 2014 , 2:00-3:00PM 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

This one-hour online seminar will provide archaeologists with  a basic undersanding of different forms of social media, and how they can be used to professionally benefit an individual or program. It will also address the ethical issues of social media regarding site protection and preservation. 

Objectives

Participants will come away with an understanding of: 1) The range of social media available, what they do, and how to use them; 2) How to develop a social media strategy and social media policy and 3) The constraints and limitations that social media have for archaeology, including copyright and ownership issues, site protection issues, and different audiences. 

Instructor

Lynne Goldstein has been a Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University since 1996. She learned the benefits and limitations of using social media in archaeology when she launched the Campus Archaeology Program at MSU. Her experiences taught her that effective social media can save time, increase visibility and yield other positive results, in addition to maximizing limited program resources. In 2012 Goldstein received an AT&T Instructional Technology Award for use and integration of social media into teaching an on-campus field school. 

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members/Not available to individual 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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