Past Seminars

Climate Change and Cultural Resources

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Climate Change and Cultural Resources

When: March 21, 2019 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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Anne Jensen is Senior Scientist of the Barrow, Alaska Native village corporation's subsidiary, UIC Science, LLC. She has appointments as Affiliate Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and as Research Affiliate at the Museum of the North, both at University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. She currently serves as Chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Response (CCSAR). She has spent 35 years doing archaeological and ethnographic research at sites throughout Alaska. This includes serving as Principal Investigator for projects at Pingusugruk, Ukkuqsi, Ipiutaq, Nuvuk and Walakpa, all of which are significant eroding coastal sites on the North Slope.

Dr. Jensen has published on various aspects of coastal North Alaska archaeology as well as Cultural Resource Management in Bush Alaska, the material correlates of indigenous and western science traditions, resource use, evidence for climate change in North Alaska, and zooarchaeology. She is currently the PI on the Walakpa Archaeological Salvage Project, which is carrying out excavation of a rapidly eroding major Birnirk/Thule habitation site at Walakpa, Alaska, salvaging important ecological and cultural information, and documenting oral history of the site’s more recent use.

The course will provide an introduction to the effects climate change is having on various site types around the world, their implications for the future of archaeology and the archaeological resource, and ways to respond. Sea level rise, coastal erosion, droughts, floods, hydrological changes leading to drying of soils, increased frequency and intensity of forest fires, changes in vegetation, and permafrost thawing are among the climate-driven forces affecting archaeological sites. In most cases, the effects are negative. Whether you currently work where these effects are already occurring or not, a basic understanding of climate change issues as they pertain to archaeological resources is important. Equally important is to consider what archaeological research might contribute to increasing resilience and adaptation through lessons learned from the past.

  1. Develop an awareness of the types of impacts climate change is having on archaeological sites today and will have in the future;
  2. Recognize implications of these impacts for specific resources and for archaeological practice in general;
  3. Learn about existing initiatives to address these impacts at various levels; 
  4. Consider of what archaeological research can contribute to adaptation and resiliency on local and societal scales.

Grant and Research Proposal Writing for Archaeologists

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Grant and Research Proposal Writing for Archaeologists

When: March 05, 2019 2:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

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

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


As a professor at Boston University, John M. Marston has designed and taught a formal course for advanced doctoral students titled “Proposal Writing for Social Science Research,” in which students write from scratch actual research proposals for their doctoral research (e.g., NSF Dissertation Improvement Grants). Dr. Marston has taught a number of workshops on grant writing at Boston University and UCLA, and at UCLA served as a graduate writing consultant for the Graduate Writing Center, at which he designed and taught several workshops on writing graduate fellowship proposals. He has been the sole author or co-author of grants funded by a number of leading granting agencies and organizations, including the NSF, SSHRC, National Geographic, American Philosophical Society, and others.

This two-hour online seminar will provide archaeologists with basic advice on how to craft successful grant proposals to funding agencies (e.g., NSF) and organizations (e.g., National Geographic). The intended audience is those who are applying to such organizations for the first time or who are attempting to improve their success at attracting public funding for their research. The seminar will highlight a number of strategies for reading and responding to proposal calls, to structuring effective project narratives of varying lengths, to strengthening a proposal with supplementary information, and to revising a proposal based on reviewer feedback. It will provide examples of application strategies appropriate to funding opportunities available at multiple career stages, from those open to doctoral students to those intended for senior scholars.

  1. Be able to read a call for proposals to understand what is required for a given funding opportunity;
  2. Be familiar with what is expected for typical components of grant applications;
  3. Be able to apply a tailored strategy to craft a strong project narrative for a variety of funding opportunities;
  4. Gain strategies for successful revision and reuse of proposals, following review.

Addressing Orphaned Collections: A Practical Approach

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Addressing Orphaned Collections: A Practical Approach

When: February 26, 2019 2:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

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

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


Danielle Benden is owner of Driftless Pathways, LLC, a small museum consulting company near Madison, Wisconsin.  She provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects including the design/redesign of curation facilities, develops interpretive exhibits, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies. From 2007-2016, she served as the Curator of Anthropology at UW-Madison, where she taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses and managed the departmental collections. Ms. Benden has nearly 20 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, and currently serves as co-director of the Trempealeau Archaeology Project.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Science in Museum and Field Studies with an archaeology emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Ms. Benden is the current Chair of SAA’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation and serves on the Archaeological Collections Consortium. This work puts her at the forefront of the most current issues surrounding archaeological curation.

Orphaned collections are groups of objects and/or associated records with unclear ownership that have been abandoned.  Some may have been left with limited documentation upon retirement in academia; others were collected as part of a CRM project; yet others may result from a museum shutting its doors or an agency that does not know it is the rightful owner of a particular collection. Whatever the case, orphaned collections affect every sector of archaeology. This seminar will provide practical, step-by step guidance for reconciling orphaned collections and will focus on how we can prevent creating new ones. A resource guide that outlines specific criteria and procedures for determining ways to resolve orphaned collections is provided to participants.

This online seminar is intended for students who are nearing graduation, entering the professional world of archaeology, or considering a job managing archaeological collections; CRM firm employees including management who bid on, supervise, and provide oversight of archaeological projects as well as those who are specifically charged with managing collections after excavation; individuals who care for  collections in museums, universities, and other curatorial facilities; and government/agency personnel who are tasked with oversight of collections in Federal and non-Federal repositories.

  1. Provide attendees with a framework by which to understand, discuss, and remedy problems associated with orphaned archaeological collections.
  2. Teach participants about their roles, responsibilities, and rights as they relate to orphaned collections.
  3. Offer solutions and resources for resolving issues and concerns associated with orphaned collections.

How to Prepare for a Job in CRM

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How to Prepare for a Job in CRM

When: February 07, 2019 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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Both instructors are employed as full time permanent CRM archaeologists, with different backgrounds, years of experience, and regional specializations. Sarah Herr has 20+ years of CRM experience in the US Southwest and has a Ph.D. level education. LK Schnitzer has 5+ years of CRM experience in the US Southeast and an M.A. level education. Their different backgrounds will allow the instructors to cover topics from multiple perspectives for a well-rounded seminar.

This seminar provides a crash course in how to prepare for a job in CRM archaeology. It will begin by defining Cultural Resources Management, the laws that regulate it, and the types of archaeology jobs it necessitates. The seminar will then split into separate discussions about temporary vs. permanent jobs in CRM, with a focus on educational and professional prerequisites, technical skills, where to look for employment, how to attract an employer’s attention, and how CRM archaeology varies across the country and by phase.  The instructors will also provide resources on the importance of non-technical or “soft” skills and safe and respectful workplaces.

  1. Introduce anthropology/archaeology students to the field of CRM
  2. Help students decide if CRM is a career path they are interested in
  3. Provide information about education and skills necessary to attain a job in CRM

The Context and Consequence of Sexual Harassment in Archaeology

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The Context and Consequence of Sexual Harassment in Archaeology

When: January 29, 2019 3:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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Maureen Meyers is an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Prior to working in academia, she worked as a Principal Investigator for three different CRM firms for 7 years, and she has also worked at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, and the Savannah River Archaeological Research Plant as an archaeologist. In 2013, she initiated the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) Sexual Harassment Survey and formed a committee to assist in creating and implementing the survey and analyzing the data. The survey opened in 2014, and the results published in the SEAC Newsletter and most recently in Advances in Archaeological Practice. As a result of this work, Dr. Meyers has also served on the SAA Sexual Harassment Survey Committee and served as a Peer Reviewer for the National Park Service Sexual Harassment Survey and report on the survey results. She is also the President-Elect of SEAC. Her research focuses on chiefly frontiers, Mississippian societies, craft production, and settlement.

Although there is a long-standing history of harassment in archaeology, recent surveys have quantified the rate of harassment and assault and the effects on women’s careers for the first time. Based on these data, sexual harassment and assault appear to be one important reason women leave the field. Harassment and assault may also contribute to the recently documented decreased publication and grant submission rates by women. This course will provide an overview of the results of the 2014 Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) Sexual Harassment Survey. It discusses the consequences of harassment and assault on the field of archaeology in general. It concludes with a discussion of education programs and proposed grievance procedures to decrease and mitigate sexual harassment and assault within archaeology.

  1. Understand the need for sexual harassment and assault surveys in archaeology
  2. Learn about the rate of harassment and assault as quantified in the 2014 SEAC survey and understand the long-term effects of this on women’s careers and the discipline as a whole
  3. Learn possible procedures to mitigate and decrease the rates of harassment and assault in archaeology