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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 50 computer connections or "seats." All fee-based seminars will accomodate 35 "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.

  • Member-only online seminars will 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 seven days before the course date to webmaster@saa.org. We regret that we cannot add group participant names after the course has concluded. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion once their participation had been verified by the primary registrant.

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Online Seminar Series FAQ

Have questions? Visit our Online Seminar FAQ page!

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

Introduction to Archaeological Damage Assessment


April 18, 2017 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register NOW!


This online seminar is intended for professional archaeologists employed by government agencies or archaeological contracting firms. It will provide participants with an introduction to archaeological damage assessment. It will begin with a discussion of what archaeological damage assessment is and the legal basis for it.  Next, the seminar will identify the components of archaeological damage assessment and the roles, responsibilities and timeframes involved. This will be followed by an overview of the procedures involved in: 

a. field damage assessment

b. determination of values and costs as measures of harm for archaeological damage;

damage assessment report preparation.  

The seminar will conclude with a brief discussion of the legal standards for expert witness testimony and the importance of qualifications necessary to meet these standards.


The goals of this online seminar are to provide an introduction to archaeological damage assessment and to show participants what roles they are qualified to perform in the archaeological damage assessment process.
After taking the seminar participants will:

a. Understand what archaeological damage assessment is and the legal basis for it

b. Understand the procedures involved in archaeological damage assessment;

c. Understand the professional qualifications necessary to conduct each of the components of archaeological damage assessment and the legal standards for expert witness testimony.  


Forensic Archaeologist Martin McAllister, MA, RPA, has been involved in archaeological damage assessment since 1974, when he worked with the Forest Service. After leaving the Forest Service in 1985, McAllister formed the firm of Archaeological Damage Assessment & Investigation (ADIA) which specialized in consulting and training on archaeological damage assessment and the investigation and prosecution of archaeological violations. In 2015, ADIA became part of Northland Research, Inc., an archaeological contracting firm based in Arizona. McAllister has conducted or been directly involved in 36 archaeological damage assessment projects, including the archaeological damage assessment for the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill. He is also the author of National Park Service Technical Brief 20 entitled Archeological Resource Damage Assessment: Legal Basis and Methods.


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

 Archaeological Curation for the Twenty-First Century


May 4, 2017 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register NOW!


Archaeological collections stewardship begins before an archaeologist steps foot into the field, and continues well after the recovered collections reach the repository. This two-hour online seminar provides participants with an understanding of the curation crisis and the responsibilities that archaeologists have to the collections they generate. Participants will learn about preventive conservation and the real costs of long-term curation, and gain practical skills in project development, culling and sampling strategies, deaccessioning, and preparing collections for the repository to ensure their long term care, access, and use. This seminar is especially designed for those who work in the CRM industry.


After participating in the online seminar, attendees will:

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. Apply the concepts to address issues of curation in their work places.


Danielle Benden served as the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2016. In 2017, she launched Driftless Pathways, LLC, a museum consulting business.  As owner of Driftless Pathways, she develops collections assessments, provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies.  She has taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses at the university level for over ten years. In addition, Ms. Benden has instructed a variety of professional development trainings including SAA online seminars for archaeologists, and tailored curatorial programs for small museum staff. She has more than 15 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, ten of which have been directing field projects.  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.

She is the current Chair of SAA’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation and serves on the Archaeological Collections Consortium. This work puts her at the forefront of the most current issues involving archaeological curation.


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