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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 .

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 Publishing in Advances in Archaeological Practice

Date/Time

January 19, 2017 3:00-4:00pm ET

Description

In this hour long seminar, participants will be introduced to SAA’s newest journal, Advances in Archaeological Practice by one of its editors, Sarah Herr. After participants are familiarized with the journal, Herr will dive into how to publish an article in the journal by discussing article preparation and the mechanics of submitting an article. The seminar will also address legal and ethical publishing and what makes publishing in a digital journal different from publishing in traditional SAA publications. This seminar will be beneficial to individuals new to publishing or new to publishing in Advances.

Objectives

The goal of the seminar is to educate participants about the SAA journals, identify the expectations of authors and editors, with the intent of helping them succeed in their publishing goals. After taking the online seminar, participants will be able to:

a.    Identify whether Advances in Archaeological Practice is the journal that best fits their publishing needs,

b.     Prepare and upload a manuscript to the journal software, and

c.    Advance their knowledge of modern publishing ethics.

Instructor Sarah Herr, Ph.D, RPA, together with Christina Rieth, Sjoerd van der Linde and Sara Perry, comprise the new editorial team for the journal, Advances in Archaeological Practice.  Since Herr was appointed by SAA in May 2015, she has been working with the other editors to develop and implement their vision for the journal.
Pricing

Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

Native American Graves and Repatriation Act: NAGPRA Fundamentals

Date/Time

January 25, 2017 2:00-4:00pm ET  Register NOW!

Description

All archaeologists need a basic understanding of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the federal legislation that was passed in 1990. This two-hour online seminar will provide participants with a brief overview of the legislative history of NAGPRA and its historical context; a comprehensive guide to who must comply with the law, who has standing, and what items are covered; and an overview of the compliance processes.

Objectives

The objectives of this seminar are for participants to:

a. understand that NAGPRA did not create new rights, but instead codified for Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and lineal descendants the same rights everyone else in the US was already afforded;


b. comfortably refer to the law and regulations whenever questions arise; and

c. have a basic understanding of who must comply, what is covered, and what “standing” means and who has it.

Instructor

Jan Bernstein, M.S., is the Managing Director of Bernstein & Associates, LLC, which she founded in 2003. Since the passage of NAGPRA, Jan has worked together with Indian tribes throughout the lower 48, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, museums, and federal agencies on all aspects of NAGPRA implementation.

Pricing

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

Addressing Orphaned Collections: A Practical Approach

Date/Time

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

Description

Orphaned collections affect every sector of archaeology. This seminar will provide guidance for working through the process of remedying orphaned collections by offering a framework by which to understand what they are and how they became orphaned, so as to prevent similar circumstances in the future. A resource guide is offered to participants, outlining specific criteria and procedures for determining appropriate methods to resolve issues associated with orphaned collections. This seminar will be beneficial for students nearing graduation, CRM employees, academics, and government personnel.

Objectives

The three main goals of the seminar are to:

a. Provide attendees with a framework by which to understand, discuss, and remedy problems associated with orphaned archaeological collections.

b. Teach participants about their roles, responsibilities, and rights as they relate to orphaned collections.

c. Offer solutions and resources to those who would like to resolve issues and concerns associated with orphaned collections.
Instructor

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.

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

What's the Use? Using Archaeological Collections for Research, Outreach, and Exhibition

Date/Time

February 15, 2017 3:00-4:00pm  ET

Description

This seminar is intended for faculty who would like to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to utilize existing collections for research; students and researchers who are interested in learning more about how to find existing collections and incorporate them into their work; and personnel who work in museums, university repositories, and other curatorial facilities where the mission is focused on research, outreach, and exhibition. The three main goals of the seminar are to:

a. Promote the value of and offer strategies for utilizing existing archaeological collections for a variety of purposes (e.g., research, outreach, and exhibition).

b. Teach participants how to incorporate the use of existing collections into their research projects and outreach activities.

c. Offer strategies for finding existing collections within repositories, and provide exemplary case studies that highlight the ways in which institutions and individuals are successfully utilizing collections.

Objectives

After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Have a strong understanding of the value of using existing collections for a variety of activities.

b. Apply strategies for utilizing existing collections in their workplace.

c. Utilize the resources and case studies to develop their own methods of incorporating existing collections into research, outreach, and/or exhibition activities.

Instructors

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.

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

Introduction to Archaeological Damage Assessment

Date/Time

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

Description

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;

c.
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.

Objectives

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.  

Instructors

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.

Pricing

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

Date/Time

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

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Instructors

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.

Pricing

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

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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