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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

Fundamentals of Budgeting for Archaeological Projects

Date/Time

May 24, 2016   2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT Click Here to register!

Description

This course will focus on the fundamentals of budgeting for an archaeology project. 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 President Elect.

Pricing

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

Using R Statistical Computing Language for Archaeological Analysis

Date/Time

September 27, 2016   2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT Click Here to register!

Description

The goal of this 2- hour online seminar is to introduce archaeologists to the benefits of using the statistical coding language R in various levels of field work and analysis.  R is a very powerful free, open-source, and extensible coding language that has gained tremendous popularity in many scientific and humanities fields.  This seminar will focus on introducing the capabilities of R, a brief run through the language syntax and conventions, provide an over view of the available packages, and review a number of real world applications.  This seminar is intended for at least three different audiences:  1) students looking to get some insight into new techniques to help their research; 2) professionals who are new to coding, but want to see what it has to offer their work; and 3) those with some coding experience who want to see the benefits of a new language or new examples in a language in which they are familiar.

Objectives

 Participants will learn about 1) the benefits of using computer code to achieve more efficient, repeatable, and open archaeological analysis; 2) the very basics of how to install R and get working on their own data; and 3) the great depth of analysis they can pursue as demonstrated through real world examples.

Instructor

Matthew Harris M.A., RPA is a Sr. Archaeologist and Manager of GIS and Digital Media in the Cultural Resources Department at AECOM, Burlington, New Jersey.  He has 16 years of experience applying technological solutions for cultural resources problems of all scales and complexity.  Work experience in the Pennsylvania SHPO, private sector cultural resource management firms, and academia has led to Mr. Harris developing a multi-perspective approach to implementing technology where one size does not fit all. He specializes in data management work flows for large projects, spatial analysis, and statistical modeling.

Pricing

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

Interacting with the Media: Strategies for Pitching and Interviewing

Date/Time

September 22, 2016  3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Description

The overall goal of this one-hour online seminar is to increase participant’s confidence in and understanding of, interactions with the media. It will be relevant and helpful to archaeologists working in a variety of settings.

Objectives

 Objectives for the course are to enable participants to:

a. Identify and craft a strong, newsworthy story for the media—the key elements of a good story and what the media is looking for.

b. Participate in a media interview confidently-understanding how to stay in control of the interview, get your key message across and know what to do and what not to do in various types of media interviews.

c. Understand how the media can be used for archaeological advocacy

Instructor

Amanda Karfakis is president/CEO of Vitamin, the Cure of the Common Brand, the first boutique agency in the mid-Atlantic to integrate print, web-design and public relations under one roof. With more than 15 years of experience in strategic marketing-communications, Amanda is responsible for steering Vitamin’s strategic direction, as well as managing the firm’s PR department. A Towson University graduate, she is an active supporter of the marketing industry and the Baltimore community. She currently serves on SMPS’s national   technology committee and holds a board seat with the American Diabetes Association's Maryland chapter. Follow Amanda on Twitter @Amanda_Karfakis.

Pricing

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

Tribal Consultation Basics

Date/Time

October 26, 2016   2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT Click Here to register!

Description

The goal of this two-hour online seminar is to offer participants insights into the processes of tribal consultation, as well as a broader picture of the ways that culture influences interactions between individuals engaged in those consultations.

Objectives

 After completing the course, participants will be able to define “consultation’; will understand both the role and the legal basis for consultation within the federal Historic Preservation and NEPA processes; will understand both the role and responsibilities of the parties involved in the consultation; and will be able to define the types, styles and characteristics of communication and how these impact and influence the consultation process.

Instructor

Joe Watkins has been involved in archaeology for more than 45 years, and has seen it grow from one of more scientific imperialism to one that is more engaged with concerns of descendant communities worldwide. He has taught workshops on tribal consultation at the national, regional, and local levels, with emphasis on both the federal side and the tribal side depending on the audience. As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Watkins also brings a cultural perspective to the topic that few others can bring. He has published widely on the topic of consultation in the broader sense.

Pricing

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

Working With Metal Detectorists:  Citizen Science at historic Montpelier and Engaging a New Constituency

Date/Time

November 10, 2016   3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Description

Historical Archaeologists have a long and tumultuous history with metal detectorists (aka relic hunters, looters, etc).  This seminar will discuss how to practically engage with this group through hands-on surveys and the benefits to bringing this group to our way of seeing sites.  Using public programs run at James Madison’s Montpelier as an example, the methods of incorporating metal detectorists into surveys will be presented.  Key to these programs is using and presenting metal detectors as a remote sensing device—a concept with not only practical benefits for finding sites, but is an extremely powerful tool to present the value of site preservation to a group that traditionally views sites solely from an artifact-centered approach.

This course will be of interest to archaeologists who run field programs and have a need to find and define historic sites (phase I and II surveys).  This includes contract firms, university researchers, historic property managers, cultural resource managers for large land holdings (state and federal).

Objectives

The goals of this one hour, online seminar are to discuss the practical and conceptual benefits of working with the metal detecting community.  The practical include the use of metal detectorists in efficiently locating sites, obtaining site information from folks that have metal detected in areas, and using the local metal detecting community to spread the word about site protection of a particular area or set of sites.  The conceptual include engaging a constituency that is an easy and useful target for understanding the benefits of site preservation.

After taking the online seminar, participants will: 1) Understand the benefits of metal detector survey using experienced detectorists; 2) know how to practically engage with metal detectorists; and 3) will know the pros and cons of such interactions.

Instructor

 Dr. Matthew Reeves has been the Director of Archaeology at James Madison’s Montpelier since 2000. The projects he had developed at Montpelier include the archaeological research and restoration of the mansion grounds, most especially the homes of the enslaved community at Montpelier.  He is responsible for ensuring that the well-preserved archaeological complex at Montpelier not only is tapped for an accurate restoration of the Madison-era landscape, but also that is it preserved for future generations.Matt has a deep interest in community-based archaeology--and this ranges from working with descendant communities, metal detectorists, and the public in general.  The week-long experiential programs he has established at Montpelier are a prime example of public engagement and how archaeology can be a transformative study of the past.  

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members/Not available to individual 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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