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 the WebEx videoconferencing application.

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 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 a 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 up to 14 days 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 WebEx

You will need to install and test WebEx before the seminar. WebEx instructions for online seminar participants [PDF 352 KB] provides a guide for system requirements and using the application for the seminar.

Participants must have an Internet connection and speakers (either computer or phone) in order to participate.

Online Seminar Archive

All online seminars are recorded. Fee-based online seminar recordings are made available to those who registered for up to one week after. Knowledge Series seminars will be available in the Member Center's Online Seminar Archive indefinitely. Other free online seminars will be available to watch in the Archive for two years. The Archive is available only to SAA members.