Online Seminars

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.

One-hour seminars are free to SAA members. Knowledge Series seminars, also free to members, are unique opportunities within the Online Seminar Series to hear from some of the most prominent archaeologists in our field. Two-hour seminars are available to SAA members and non-members for a fee. All lectures are delivered remotely through Zoom.

Please be aware when registering, all times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

For any questions related to the Online Seminar Series, please contact

Registration Information

When Registration Opens and Closes

Registration for free online seminars opens approximately two weeks prior to the course date. Registration for fee-based online seminars opens as soon as the course description is posted. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will remain open until "seats" are filled or until one week before the seminar.

How to Register

For all seminars, register by clicking the button next to the seminar description. Be sure that you have completed your checkout and submitted your order. Even for free seminars, you will need to click "Proceed to Checkout" before your registration is complete. For screenshots and step-by-step instructions, review how to register for an online seminar [PDF 1.4 MB].

Primary registrants will receive a confirmation email immediately after registration and an invitation email to the online seminar about a week before the course date. If you do not receive these, please contact right away.

Group Registrations

Two or more individuals sharing a single computer connection or "seat" qualify for the group rate. Only the primary registrant is required to be an SAA member to receive the SAA group-member pricing.

When registering groups, the primary registrant should submit the names and email addresses of each group participant in a spreadsheet before the course date to This is to ensure that all participants receive a certificate of completion and RPA credit (if applicable). We regret that we cannot add group participants after the seminar. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations and refunds for fee-based online seminars are allowed prior to one week before the course date. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.

If you find you are unable to attend a free online seminar after registering, please let us know at

Using Zoom

The SAA Online Seminar Series uses the videoconferencing app Zoom. You will not need a Zoom account in order to join the seminar, and instructions for logging in on the day of the lecture will be emailed to each primary registrant. To ensure that you have everything you need for the seminar, you can try a Zoom test meeting.

Participants must have an Internet connection and speakers (either computer or phone) in order to view the lecture. Participants can ask questions of the instructor using a chat text box.

Online Seminar Recordings

All online seminars are recorded. Fee-based online seminar recordings are made available to those who registered (including everyone in a group) for two months after. Knowledge Series seminars and other free seminars are available in the Member Center's Online Seminar Archive. The Archive is available only to SAA members.