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

An Outline for Teaching Curation in the Classroom and in the Field

Registration Closed!

An Outline for Teaching Curation in the Classroom and in the Field

When: December 01, 2021 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. Tamira Brennan, RPA, has been practicing archaeology for over 20 years in the Midwestern US, primarily in a research-based CRM setting. The first 17 years of her career included time as the Coordinator of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey’s American Bottom field station and as an instructor on many archaeological field schools in Illinois and Missouri. More recently, she has served as a curator, first at the Center for Archaeological Investigations at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and presently at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, where she strives to work out creative solutions to address collections needs in a field that routinely underfunds curation. She has taught collections management to undergrads/graduate students in several formats, including traditional classroom, lab, internships, and most recently as a 4-week field school through the Institute for Field Research.

This seminar provides a framework for teaching curation/collections management in archaeology in two formats: as a matter of course within a general archaeology curriculum, and as a specialized class with a focus on experiential learning, either in a traditional classroom/laboratory setting or as an intensive field school. Individuals with no prior experience in curation and those with a strong curation background will benefit alike, as participants will walk away with the tools to improve unfunded archaeological collections in a novel way and understand how to better teach and uphold the SAA Principles of Archaeological Ethics and RPA Standards of Research Performance in relation to what is left once an excavation has occurred: its collections.

  1. To help professional archaeologists avoid unknowingly contributing to the curation crisis by discussing the genesis of it, as well as common missteps made by practitioners in our field today
  2. To provide a starting point/framework for general archaeologists (non-curators) to incorporate curation into undergrad/grad curricula either as a stand-alone class, or as a unit within a general archaeology class as a matter of course
  3. To frame curation as salvage archaeology and promote the potential of collections work as “field work”
  4. To lay out a framework for successfully teaching curation as field work

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