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 and available to non-members for a fee. Knowledge Series and Rising Scholar seminars, free and exclusive to members, are unique opportunities within the Online Seminar Series to hear from prominent and upcoming 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 FAQ

Registration for one-hour online seminars opens approximately two weeks prior to the course date. Registration for two-hour 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.

Due to our license with Zoom, we are limited in the number of connections that we can have for an event. We also want to make sure that we have the staff time to address questions, concerns, and technical problems for everyone registered.

One-hour seminars are limited to 95 registrations and two-hour seminars are limited to 50 registrations.

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 successful 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.

Two or more individuals sharing a single computer connection in the same physical location qualify for the group rate. There is no maximum limit to how many people can be in a group. 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 group registration form by close of business the day of the lecture. We regret that we cannot add group participants after the day of the seminar.

The primary registrant will receive the log in information to join the seminar. This cannot be shared with the group participants to log in separately. Everyone registered in the group will receive course materials and a certificate of completion. RPAs and RAs will receive RPA credit.

Due to COVID-19, we recognize that gathering in groups to watch the seminar in the same physical location is not possible or advisable. Unfortunately, if your group is unable to watch the seminar together, only the primary registrant will be able to view the lecture live. However, for two-hour seminars, everyone in the group will have access to the lecture recording for two months. As always, they will still receive all of the course materials and certificates of completion. RPAs and RAs will still receive RPA credit. For one-hour seminars, the recording will be available only to SAA members in the Online Seminar Archive.

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 an online seminar after registering, please let us know at

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. Please log into the seminar 5-10 minutes before the start time in case you have technical problems.
All online seminars are recorded. Two-hour online seminar recordings are made available to those who registered (including everyone in a group) for two months after. One-hour online seminars are available in the Member Center's Online Seminar Archive. This archive of over 20 free one-hour lectures is available only to SAA members.