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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

Publishing Your First Article in American Antiquity

Date/Time

Friday, March 13, 2015, 3:00-4:00 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.

Fundamentals of Budgeting for Archaeology Projects

Date/Time

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST. Sold Out!

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.

 

AMS Radiocarbon Dating: Expectations & Essentials for Sample Selection and Calibration

Date/Time

May 5, 2015, 2:00-4:00 EDT. Click Here to register!

Description

 The objective of AMS radiocarbon dating varies by project. At its most basic, AMS radiocarbon dating provides reference points to understand the chronology of past occupations or events. It may also be used to identify separate occupations, refine chronologies, and identify when individuals (humans or animals) lived. Understanding what constitutes an ideal sample and what can be dated is critical for archaeologists, particularly when it relates to life span of the material being dated. Life span of trees may exceed centuries, introducing another element of uncertainty to the date calibration.

Objectives

Participants will complete the online seminar with an understanding of what to select for dating, field methods, and AMS calibration. In addition they will be able to select something appropriate to date with confidence and prepare an appropriate sampling kit for the field.

Instructor

Linda Scott-Cummings started PaleoResearch institute 42 years ago to provide comprehensive archaeobotany studies. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a specialty is archaeobotany, she has been doing lab processing and interpreting the result of AMS radiocarbon dates for more than a decade.

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

September  28, 2015, 2:00-3:00 EDT

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

Archaeological Curation for the 21st Century

Date/Time

November 17, 2015, 2:00-4:00 EDT. Click Here to register!

Description

This online webinar will:   (a) Provide a historical perspective on the curation crisis in Archaeology:  (b) Provide participants with a strong understanding of the entire process of archaeology, from pre-‐field planning through curation and: (c) Offer solutions and resources that can be used in daily tasks associated with development and maintenance of sound archaeological collections stewardship.

Objectives

After participating in the online seminar, attendees will: (1) 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. (2) 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. (3) Apply the concepts to address issues of curation in their work places.

Instructors

Danielle Benden is the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin--‐Madison. In addition to managing and providing access to the anthropological collections, she teaches Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses to undergraduates, and conducts her own archaeological research currently in southwestern Wisconsin. 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. 

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 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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