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 Scholars 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

Geoarchaeology: Foundations, Research, and Practical Applications for Heritage Management

Registration Closed!

Geoarchaeology: Foundations, Research, and Practical Applications for Heritage Management

When: May 30, 2019 2:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Individual Registration: $99 for SAA members; $149 for non-members

Group Registration: $139 for SAA members; $189 for non-members

Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein is the President of Geoarcheology Research Associates (GRA).  He founded the firm in 1989 and its mission has been to apply Geoarchaeology in both compliance (CRM and Heritage Management) and research venues. He has been a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Human Origins at New York University since 1996. Dr. Schuldenrein is a former Fulbright Fellow in Geology and Archaeology (Hebrew University, Israel) and Fellow of the Field Museum of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in environmental archeology at the University of Chicago in 1983. His professional experience includes work across the North American continent. Internationally he has consulted on projects in Central Europe and the Mediterranean, the entire Middle East, India, Pakistan, and eastern and southern Africa. He is involved in research on Human Origins, Early Civilizations (South Asia) and site formation process. GRA’s projects have included forensic excavations for the Saddam Hussein trials (2005-2008) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and design of a baseline Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the site of Mes Aynak (Afghanistan; 2011). Dr. Schuldenrein is currently focused on developing protocols for Urban Geoarchaeology, based on extensive excavations in his base of operations in New York City.

Geoarchaeology examines the relationships between changing landscapes and the archaeological sites associated with them. This sub-discipline has grown exponentially in the past two decades because of its utility in explaining patterned site preservation and its use in heritage management. Cultural resource potential is at the core of preservation planning. Development interests and regulators look to geoarchaeology to help in modeling archaeological sensitivity. This introductory course examines the science behind ancient soils and landforms, human activity, settlement geography, and site preservation. Participants will learn about geoarchaeological principles and the latest methodological advances in the digital age. Participants will learn to develop project strategies that are both efficient and cost-effective.
  1. Describe the basic principles of the earth sciences: soils, geomorphology, systematics of human interaction with the environment, and how those data are preserved archaeologically
  2. Understand the systematics of surface and sub-surface preservation across time and space, for different types of archaeological sites
  3. Learn about the possibilities of collaborative and inter-disciplinary approaches to address particular project objectives
  4. Develop approaches to archaeology that resonate with planners, architects, and agency personnel that are grounded in hard sciences and tangible objectives

Registration FAQ

There are many benefits to registering for an SAA online seminar:
  • Keep up to date on developments in the field and emerging topics with the help of a leading expert.
  • Advance in your job or career. Most SAA online seminars are RPA-certified. Registered Professional Archaeologists (RPA) or Registered Archaeologists (RA) can receive Continuing Professional Education credit on the certified seminars. One-hour seminars equate to one credit, and two-hour seminars equate to two credits.
  • Receive a certificate of completion from SAA.
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 the day before the seminar.

Even though the "room" is virtual, there are still limits to the number of connections we can support for an event. This is both because of our licensing with Zoom and SAA staff capacity. We want to ensure that we have the staff time to individually address questions, concerns, and technical problems for everyone registered.

One-hour seminars are currently limited to 100 registrations and two-hour seminars are limited to 50 registrations. We're experimenting with increasing these maximums as we're able without sacrificing quality.

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, an invitation email to the online seminar about a week before the course date, and a reminder email the day before. (If you register within a week of the seminar, you should expect to receive the immediate confirmation and the reminder email the day before.) 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 should not 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 Learning Archive.

Cancellations and refunds for fee-based online seminars are allowed prior to one week before the course date. If you paid a registration fee, your cancellation is subject to a $25 processing fee.

If you find you are unable to attend an online seminar after registering, even for a free seminar, please let us know at If the seminar is full, this will open a spot for someone on the waiting list.

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.
Yes. 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. Some of these recordings are also available for purchase later as a Seminar On-Demand.

One-hour online seminars are available for at least two years in the SAA Member Center's Online Learning Archive. This archive of over 20 free one-hour lectures and other professional development opportunities is available only to SAA members.
When you pay a registration fee for an SAA online seminar, you receive a virtual one or two-hour lecture from an expert in the field to guide you in professional development and new skills. You also receive a certificate of completion from SAA and Continuing Professional Education credits from the Register of Professional Archaeologists (if applicable). In addition, those funds are put to use to maintain and improve the program by:
  • Paying for the annual license for the online videoconferencing platform to hold the seminars
  • Compensating every online seminar instructor with an honorarium for their time and expertise
  • Keeping half of the online seminars free for SAA members
  • Maintaining an archive of past online seminar recordings, which SAA members can view in the Online Learning Archive
  • Supporting a full-time SAA Education and Outreach staff position to run the Online Seminar Series program