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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

Check back often. Our list of online seminars will be growing soon.

Recent Seminars

 

Archaeo-politics-making archaeology matter to policymakers

Date/Time
Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Time: 1:00 PM–2:00 PM EST. Sold Out

Description

Creating and maintaining good relationships with legislative and regulatory offices is critical to communicating the importance of the archaeological record to our stakeholders. This online webinar will provide background knowledge and strategies necessary to accomplish this.

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will understand: 1) The scope of government involvement in archaeology; 2) Why policymakers need to be kept actively apprised of developments in the science and of issues affecting the discipline; and 3)  how to talk to Members of Congress and agency personnel, in order to get your message across.

Instructor

David Lindsay has served for twelve years as the SAA’s Manager of Government Affairs. His previous work experience included lobbying for an agriculture trade association and six years serving as a staff person on Capitol Hill for three Members of Congress.

Pricing

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

 

Introduction to Archaeological Damage Assessment

Date/Time
Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Time: 3:00 PM–5:00 PM EST. Sold Out!

Description

This seminar will provide participants with an introduction to the processes, procedures, and legal requirements for archaeological damage assessment.

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will understand what archaeological damage assessment is and the legal basis for it, they will understand the procedures involved in archaeological damage assessment, and they will understand the professional qualifications necessary to conduct archaeological damage assessments and the legal standards for providing expert witness testimony.

Instructor

Martin E. McAllister, RPA, formed the company now known as Archaeological Damage Assessment & Investigation that specializes in consulting and training on archaeological damage assessment and the investigation and prosecution of archaeological violations. He is the author of National Park Service Technical Brief 20 entitled Archeological Resource Damage Assessment: Legal Basis and Methods.

Pricing

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

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

 

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

Date/Time
Thursday, March 13, 2014. Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM EST. Sold Out

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

 

Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management

Date/Time
Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM EST. Sold Out!

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, February 21, 2014. Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM EST, Sold Out! 

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

 

An Introduction to the Section 106 Process

Date/Time
January 28, 2014. Time: 12:00 noon-2:00 PM EST, Sold Out!

Description

The two-hour online seminar is intended for archaeologists who want an initial understanding of the Section 106 process.

Objectives

Participants will be able to outline the basic Section 106 process, identify the participants involved in the process, and summarize its procedures following 36CFR800. In addition, the student will know the basic provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Instructor

Thomas Green, RPA, is an independent teacher, scholar, and consultant regarding cultural resource management and former director of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.

Pricing

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

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

 

New Developments in Technologies for the Measurement of Form and Space in Archaeology: An Introduction for Students

Date/Time
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Time: 11:00 AM– 12:00 noon EST, Sold Out!

Description

Participants (particularly students) will learn the characteristics and archaeological and heritage management uses of new technologies and methods in high precision survey methods (typically sub-millimeter to centimeter) using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and “laser scanning” (and other related technologies such as close range photogrammetry and structure light measurement systems) for landscapes, sites, structures and objects..

Objectives

Participants will be able to assess the capabilities of different strategies, assess the costs and benefits of the various technologies, and assess whether they may be of value to their projects. They will be able to characterize the basic differences in the technologies and how they may be applied in archaeological and heritage contexts.

Instructor

Fred Limp has been involved in the application of geomatics methods to archaeology for more than three decades. He was the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies for 18 years. He has served as PI or Co-PI on four major NSF projects applying geomatics to archaeology and heritage management and in 2013 he was appointed by Interior Secretary Salazar to the Board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate and short courses on the topic.

Pricing

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

 

Public Archaeology is a Moving Target

Date/Time
November 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT-5:00 PM, Sold Out!

Description

This seminar is designed to give an overview of public archaeology as it is practiced in the United States today.

Objectives

Attendees will come away with an understanding of three main categories of public archaeology: (1) cultural resource management (CRM) or cultural heritage management (CHM) under public law; (2) outreach and education with the intention to prevent looting and vandalism of archaeological places and to combat the illicit international trade in antiquities; and (3) archaeology that aims to help communities or individuals in some way or to solve societal problems.

Instructor

Dr. Barbara J. Little, RPA, works on public archaeology issues of public outreach and involvement, evaluation and official designations of archaeological places, and on the public relevance of archaeology and cultural heritage. She is the Program Manager for the Cultural Resources Office of Outreach for the U.S. National Park Service in Washington, DC and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Pricing

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

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

 

Archaeological Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning

Date/Time

September 17, 2013, 11:00AM EDT-1:00PM, Sold Out!

Description

Airborne Laser scanning (ALS, also known as lidar or LiDAR) is an active remote sensing technology used to create detailed and accurate 3D models of the earth’s surface and objects on it over extensive areas.  This two-hour online seminar aims to promote the use of ALS within archaeology by providing an overview of the technology, its potential applications in research and management, and examples of successful projects.

Objectives

1. Assess the quality of raw ALS data and its appropriateness for their project.

2. Visually interpret ALS based terrain models and point clouds.

3. Critique or develop a proposal that includes ALS as part of a broader research or heritage management project.

Instructor

Dr. Rachel Optiz, RPA, received her PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her doctoral project was one of the first to use airborne laser scanning to study archaeological landscapes.  She is currently chief topographer for the Gabii Project (Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan) and is using photogrammetry to document the excavations, making detailed 3D models of the site as it is being uncovered in order to help excavators understand the complex stratigraphy and inter-relating structures.

Pricing

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

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

 

Get Hired!

Date/Time

October 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT-3:00 PM, Sold Out!

Description

This one-hour online seminar will help both graduate and undergraduate archaeology students and recent graduates in their transition from student to a career.

Objectives

After participating in this online seminar, students will be able to: 1) Identify potential employers. 2) More accurately read and respond to job announcements. 3) Link their current knowledge, skills, and abilities gained in school and in prior jobs to those being sought after by employers.

Instructor

Ms. Carol J. Ellick, RPA, Director of Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants, holds a B.A. in anthropology from The Evergreen State College (1981) and a M.A. in education, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, from Chapman University (1992). Ms. Ellick is considered one of the leading experts in archaeological education and the development of public programs in the United States. 

Pricing

FREE to individual SAA members/Not available to individual 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 SAA online seminar will accommodate 25 computer connections or "seats."

  • Registration for individual seminars closes 24 hours prior to the start time or when the limit of 25 "seats" is filled.

  • Participants must have an internet connection and a computer with speakers to participate.

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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