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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

Advanced Archaeological Digital Data Management


February 25, 2016, 2:00-4:00 EST Sold Out!


 Archaeology relies heavily on digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. Without a well thought-out approach to data management, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is forgotten, misplaced or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data storage, aspects of archiving data, how data are to be preserved, and the curation of data so that is discoverable, accessible and usable. This two-hour online seminar will explore the practical aspects of good data management: how to organize materials during the life of a project, tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing projects and workflows to ensure data is prepared preservation and accessibility once a project is complete. The course can be taken as a follow up from the Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management or can be taken as a standalone course. The intended seminar audience includes archaeological project managers, PIs, curators and researchers.  Archaeologists working in CRM, government agency, and academic portions of the profession will find the information provided relevant and of use in their day-to-day and longer-term professional activities.  Any archaeologist or related professional who works with digital archaeological information will benefit from the course.


The objectives for the course are to enable participants 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) organize their digital materials during the life of a project and prepare them for curation and preservation; 3) produce a data management plan for a current or future projects.


Francis P. McManamon 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.


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


Archaeological Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning


March 2, 2016, 2:00-4:00 EST. Click Here to register!


 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.


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.


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.


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

Yes you CAN do that! Creative Mitigation and Section 106 Undertakings


March 30, 2016, 2:00-4:00  EST. Click Here to register!


This two-hour online seminar is designed for current and potential future cultural resource managers, private sector cultural resource firms, and agency personnel.  The goals of the online seminar are:

 a. To encourage current and potential future cultural resource managers, consultants, and regulators to think outside the “dig, document, and destroy” box that currently constitutes standard practice for mitigating adverse effects to historic properties as a result of development activities.

b. To explore good examples of more creative approaches to mitigation.

c. To provide guidance on what constitutes appropriate creative approaches.


Participants will learn:

a. That the Section 106 process, as defined in regulation, allows great flexibility in designing the measures to mitigate adverse effects on historic properties.

b. That the determining factors in designing good, creative mitigation are:  the needs of the affected resources, the needs of the undertaking, and the relative public benefits.

c. That creative mitigation need not be more costly, more time-consuming, or more complicated than “business as usual,” and indeed may be less costly, time-consuming, and/or complicated.


Lynne Sebastian Ph.D., RPA and Terry Klein M.A., RPA, have a combined total of nearly 70 years working in the field of cultural resource management. They have experience as CRM consultants, in a State Historic Preservation Office, in a federal agency, and since 2002 have been principals in a nonprofit foundation with a historic preservation mission.  They have developed and taught courses on Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.   They have taught these classes for State Departments of Transportation, various federal land-managing agencies, Indian tribes, private sector consulting firms, development industries, and the universities of New Mexico and Maryland.


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