Past Seminars

Exploring Applications of 3-D Printing in Archaeology for Education, Public Outreach, and Museum Exhibits

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Exploring Applications of 3-D Printing in Archaeology for Education, Public Outreach, and Museum Exhibits

When: June 02, 2022 1:00-3:00 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


Bernard K. Means, PhD, RPA, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Means's scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. Dr. Means is also director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional (3-D) digital models of historical, archaeological and paleontological objects used for teaching, research, and public outreach from across the Americas as well as northern India. He has 3-D scanned Ice Age animal bones from across North America, including some that were collected by Thomas Jefferson and a mastodon tooth that belonged to Ben Franklin and found in Philadelphia. Dr. Means is the author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela tradition, New Deal archaeology, and applications of three dimensional (3-D) scanning and printing to archaeology, especially public outreach.

Three-dimensional (3-D) printing is increasingly infiltrating all aspects of society, from manufacturing and medicine to STEM education on K-12 levels. This seminar will explore the basics of 3-D printing and how archaeologists can integrate 3-D models and printed materials into all aspects of their discipline, from the field to the laboratory, and into the classroom and the museum. Particular attention will be paid to the following areas:

  • how digital 3-D models enhance identification of artifacts and ecofacts in the field and laboratory over 2-D drawings or photographs
  • how 3-D printed replicas expand opportunities for teaching and research at all levels of education, but especially for undergraduate teaching
  • how 3-D printed replicas can be incorporated into public outreach programs, maximizing access to the past, while minimizing risks to fragile heritage
  • how 3-D printed replicas can be integrated into museum exhibits to create a more interactive and tactile element

The 3-D printed past is not something from the far-off archaeology future, but should be seen as very much a part of the archaeological present.

1. Describe the basic types of 3-D printers and finding a cost-effective solution to 3-D printing needs
2. Explain where to find or how to create your own digital 3-D archaeological models for printing
3. Explore ways to integrate 3-D printed replicas into all aspects of archaeological pedagogy and outreach

An Introduction to Interpretive Archaeological Illustration

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An Introduction to Interpretive Archaeological Illustration

When: May 11, 2022 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; $69 for non-members

Group Registration: Free to SAA members; $89 for non-members


Mary Brown, MA, RPA, TRC and Office of Contract Archaeology

Mary Brown is an artist and archaeologist living in Placitas, New Mexico. She has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Her work hangs in public spaces and the homes of collectors and families across the United States. Mary believes in the power of art to inspire thoughtful curiosity and nurture mindfulness. Mary is also a Registered Professional Archaeologist with an M.A. in Anthropology, and combines her two passions, art and archaeology, to produce interpretive archaeological illustrations. Her illustrations transcend the gap between human and artifact by visually interpreting the context and data of archaeological discovery in a way that is meaningful and relatable. Mary believes pairing art and archaeology provides a powerful tool for public education. Visually representing past lives allows the viewer to understand artifacts and sites not just in terms of data, but also in terms of the human experience, which she believes collectively holds far more similarity than difference.
Illustration and archaeology share a long history. Illustrations often provided the only visual documentation of artifacts, landscapes, and sites. Though technological advances in photography have largely supplanted traditional illustration, the practice of visually interpreting data beyond statistical graphs is still critically important. This seminar introduces the art of interpretive archaeological illustration and discusses its value to archaeology, as well as information on processes, techniques, and getting started. Information included in the seminar is helpful for those with artistic interests who wish to incorporate them into their archaeology career, and anyone exploring new methods of public outreach.
1. Define interpretive archaeological illustration
2. Identify the benefits of visually interpreting data
3. Describe basic processes and techniques used to visually interpret data
4. Outline how to start incorporating interpretive archaeological illustration into the workplace and careers

How Much is it Worth?: Explaining Archaeological Value under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act

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How Much is it Worth?: Explaining Archaeological Value under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act

When: April 28, 2022 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


Christopher Dore, PhD, RPA, Heritage Business International

Dr. Dore has conducted archaeological expert witness work for over 20 years as a part of his work portfolio. He is a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant, a professional member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), and the vice-president of FEWA’s southwest region. Dr. Dore is a co-author of the SAA’s Professional Standards for the Determination of Archaeological Value and has published in legal journals. He has served as an expert witness on high-profile cases nationally that have included criminal looting and artifact trafficking, but also fraud, insurance claims, hazardous waste liability, professional qualifications and performance, and plagiarism.
Unfortunately, archaeological resources continue to be damaged and looted. Archaeologists are on the front line in documenting damage to sites and in calculating the value of this damage according to the methodology defined in the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Archaeologists may end up defending their damage assessments and valuations in the legal system as a fact or expert witness through reports, depositions, and testimony. This presentation will outline the law, regulations, standards, and steps required in valuing damage to archaeological sites and, most importantly, discuss how to avoid the common, critical mistakes that are made by archaeologists. These mistakes lead to stressful cross-examination of the archaeologist, acquittal of the accused, and reductions in sentences for those convicted of archaeological crimes.
1. Describe the process to calculate archaeological value under ARPA.
2. Prepare for the legal process following the submittal of an archaeological damage assessment and valuation.
3. Explain the basic qualifications and role of scientific expert witnesses in the U.S. legal system.
4. Review some of the problems commonly found in archaeological damage and valuation reports.

Preparing to Direct your First Field Project: Safety and Logistical Considerations

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Preparing to Direct your First Field Project: Safety and Logistical Considerations

When: March 03, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; $69 for non-members

Group Registration: Free to SAA members; $89 for non-members


Kaitlyn Davis, MA, RPA, University of Colorado, Boulder and US Forest Service

Kaitlyn Davis is an archaeologist with 10 years of experience including cultural resource management, community collaboration, public lands management, and academic research. She is interested in community-based archaeology, public archaeology, artifact sourcing, paleoethnobotany, geoarchaeology, and landscape archaeology. She especially values community-based collaborative archaeology, having worked in consultation with the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes, the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) Tribe, the Santa Fe South Cooperative Association, the Friends of Fort Owen, and collaborating for 6 years with the Pueblo of Pojoaque. She has done archaeological projects for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, New Mexico State Land Office, Archaeological Conservancy, and Montana State Parks, and is currently employed by the Forest Service. She has supervised the crews and planned the logistics for multiple projects. These crews have ranged from volunteers of all ages and experience levels to university and federal employees. She currently is finishing her PhD at the University of Colorado.

Pascale Meehan, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder

Pascale Meehan has over 16 years of archaeological experience in academic and cultural resource management settings. Her interests include ethnohistory and archaeology, community-based archaeology, and intercommunity and international archaeological engagement. She has worked on archaeological projects in coastal Peru, Mexico (the central Mexican highlands, the Yucatan peninsula, and coastal Oaxaca), and Canada (coastal British Columbia). This work has included projects based in dense urban environments as well as in rural and remote areas, each presenting unique safety concerns and considerations. She has planned and supervised projects under these different circumstances and has worked with crews of varying levels of age and experience. She currently works as an archaeologist with Sources Archaeological & Heritage Research Inc. based in Vancouver, BC.

Davis and Meehan coauthored a publication in Advances in Archaeological Practice’s special issue on Health and Wellness in Archaeology, specifically focusing on safety considerations for first time field directors (such as graduate students).

Graduate schools provide students opportunities for fieldwork and training in archaeological methods and theory, but they often overlook instruction in field safety and well-being. We suggest that more explicit guidance on how to conduct safe fieldwork will improve the overall success of student-led projects and prepare students to direct safe and successful fieldwork programs as professionals. In this seminar, we draw on the experiences of current and recent graduate students as well as professors who have overseen graduate fieldwork to outline key considerations in improving field safety and well-being and to offer recommendations for specific training and safety protocols. While discussing these considerations and recommendations, we will use both domestic and international field project examples, as well as those involving community collaboration. The resources and recommendations provided in this seminar will be especially useful for projects whose crews are comprised at least partially of students, interns, or volunteers.

  1. Protecting and registering your project (e.g. medical and liability insurance, legal considerations, etc.)
  2. Outlining information to share with your crew (e.g. acknowledgement of risk forms, code of conduct agreements, info packets)
  3. Introducing other considerations for structuring a safe project (e.g. equipment, scheduling, and communication)

Elemental Analysis with LA-ICP-MS for Archaeology

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Elemental Analysis with LA-ICP-MS for Archaeology

When: February 22, 2022 1:00-3:00 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


Laure Dussubieux, PhD, Field Museum

Laure Dussubieux is a chemist specialized in the determination of the compositions of ancient artifacts made from synthesized or natural glass, ceramic, stone or metal using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Orléans, France, in 2001. Her research directly informs hypotheses about ancient and modern trade and exchange, technology, and their relationship to the development of social complexity around the world. She is a Senior Research Scientist at the Field Museum where, since 2004, she has managed the Elemental Analysis Facility.
Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) has been used in the field of archaeology for close to three decades to measure the composition of ancient objects. It combines an analytical technique able to determine a wide range of elements with concentrations in the range of the ppm (parts-per-million) or lower with a quasi-nondestructive sampling approach. Indeed, one of the more interesting features of LA-ICP-MS is the use of laser ablation as a sample tool that leaves traces on the object that are invisible to the naked-eye. It is used for inorganic materials such as obsidian, synthetic glass, ceramic and metals. This analytical technique is used to understand ancient technology and determine the provenance of raw materials and the circulation of finished goods. After a description of the instrumentation and of the experimental conditions that are used, we will compare this technique with other well-established techniques such instrumental neutron activation analysis and x-ray fluorescence. We will discuss different case studies involving ancient glass, ceramic and metals to show how LA-ICP-MS can advance archaeological research.
  1. Describe the basic principles of LA-ICP-MS
  2. Compare LA-ICP-MS with other techniques used for elemental composition
  3. Explain the different ways it can be used (with advantages and limitations)
  4. Discuss the different questions that can be addressed with this analytical technique