Past Seminars

An Introduction to Archaeological Predictive Modeling

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An Introduction to Archaeological Predictive Modeling

When: March 19, 2020 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


Thomas G. Whitley received his BA from the University of Washington in 1987. This was followed by an MA (1990) and PhD (2000) from the University of Pittsburgh. He created his first archaeological predictive model in 1988. Since that time, as part of a 30+ year career in CRM and Academia, Dr. Whitley has created more than 50 archaeological predictive models (within both CRM and research contexts). He has also authored or co-authored more than 15 journal articles and book chapters on aspects of predictive modeling and geospatial analysis in the last 20 years. He has presented numerous papers on the topic at professional conferences worldwide, and often peer review submitted journal manuscripts and agency reports on predictive modeling.
Predictive modeling has a long and controversial history in archaeology. Informal predictive models have been in use since archaeological fieldwork began, and formal models since at least the 1970s. In action, they are seen both as useful planning tools and as environmentally deterministic confirmation bias, depending on your perspective. There are many different methods of predictive modeling, and just as many potential pitfalls. In this seminar, the instructor will introduce the theoretical structure of predictive modeling and the many approaches to it. The seminar will also cover the CRM and research purposes for which predictive modeling may, or may not, be appropriate. The types of predictive models, their construction, application, testing, and recent developments will also be addressed. This seminar will give a firm foundation for understanding archaeological predictive modeling, and lay the groundwork for developing your own predictive models.
  1. Learn about the theoretical and methodological approaches to predictive modeling; their advantages and problem areas.
  2. Learn about the purposes and objectives of predictive modeling; for both planning and research purposes.
  3. Learn how to structure your own approach to predictive modeling; avoiding pitfalls and developing successful strategies.
  4. Learn how to evaluate the applicability and success of any published archaeological predictive model.

Recommendations for Developing Harassment and Assault Free Archaeological Field Schools

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Recommendations for Developing Harassment and Assault Free Archaeological Field Schools

When: March 03, 2020 3:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

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

Group Registration: 


Dr. Carol Colaninno, RPA is a professional archaeologist and STEM education researcher. She serves as a research assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach. For several years, she has researched the kindergarten to career pathways that people take into and out of the sciences. Much of this research involves understanding why women leave the sciences, which often includes women citing a perception of unwelcoming and unsafe working environments. Much of this research has implications for people pursuing careers and working in archaeology.

Shawn Lambert is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University and a research fellow at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology, a research unit at Mississippi State University. Prior to his appointment at Mississippi State, Lambert served as Utah’s state public archaeologist. His responsibilities included public outreach, education, curriculum development, and public excavations. Lambert also served as the tribal liaison for Utah’s eight sovereign Native American nations. He currently serves as the LGBTQ representative to the SEAC Sexual Harassment and Assault Task Force.

Due to the nature and structure of field schools, enrolled students are particularly susceptible to harassment and assault. In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released recommendations to help prevent sexual harassment and assault of women in academia. Though these recommendations are specific to higher education and exclusive to women, some can be modified and applied to the context of archaeological field schools. We review the NASEM’s recommendations with particular attention to those applicable to the field school setting and provide suggestions for making field schools safer and more inclusive learning environments for all students.

Field directors will:
  1. learn the factors that lead to environments wherein sexual harassment thrives;
  2. learn recommendations for building a learning environment that discourages sexual harassment and assault;
  3. learn ways to implement these recommendation at their field school.

Principles of Conservation in Archaeology

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Principles of Conservation in Archaeology

When: February 27, 2020 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


Suzanne Stone is a professional archaeologist with experience in a variety of site and material types across the US. She has also worked in Egypt and Pompeii. She has worked with numerous artifacts in all states of preservation (or lack thereof), including artifacts/sites recovered from primary deposition to artifacts/sites affected by major natural and man-made disasters (e.g. Hurricane Katrina, BP Oil Spill). She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, has taught college/university courses for 13+ years, and has supervised and trained colleagues and clients in essential artifact conservation practices. She authored or contributed to numerous professional reports and presented at numerous conferences on the topic.

This seminar will introduce the basics of conservation in archaeology. We’ll briefly look at what it is, what it isn’t, safety considerations, factors that affect artifacts and sites, and we’ll look at some of the more common material types and situations that archaeologists are likely to encounter in the field or in the lab. These include metals, glass, ceramics, organics, and others. Participants will come away with a better understanding of archaeological conservation and some practical considerations prior to and during fieldwork. Participants will also be provided with information about where they can find more resource materials.

  1. Explain what archaeological conservation is;
  2. Describe factors that affect how artifacts and sites deteriorate; and
  3. Describe best practices for preservation of archaeological resources in the field and in the lab.

Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act

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Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act

When: February 11, 2020 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


Jennifer E. Payne is the Acting Division Leader for the Environmental Protection and Compliance Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Division’s portfolio includes cultural and biological resources, pollution prevention, waste management and project planning, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, air and water quality, the Environmental Management System, environmental health physics, and Integrated Project Review, and many other diverse programs. Dr. Payne received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in southwestern archaeology, an MA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She has almost 20 years of experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory, beginning as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2000. Throughout her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she has focused on environmental compliance. For the past 14 years, her primary focus has been on implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) are both process-based requirements. This means that they can be open to interpretation and must follow a process to show that programs and projects have done their due diligence to consider potential impacts to the environment and the public. Archaeologists and cultural resource managers who work to support government agencies often prepare NEPA documents, cultural resources reports, development of mitigation actions, and implementation of mitigations. This seminar will provide an overview of NEPA, its requirements, and the intersection between it and the NHPA.

  1. Develop a more robust understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act;
  2. Develop an understanding of the relationship between the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act; and
  3. Identify potential impacts from a proposed project.

Conference 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Participating in the SAA Annual Meeting

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Conference 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Participating in the SAA Annual Meeting

When: January 22, 2020 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: None


Pricing

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

Group Registration: 


April Kamp-Whittaker is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and co-host of the Archaeology Show on the Archaeology Podcast Network. She has been a member of SAA for 10 years and served on both the SAA Student Affairs Committee and the Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation. April has held a range of positions in museums, academia, and CRM. Her work in museums and academia has focused on ways to make archaeology accessible and relevant to a broad audience.

Attending conferences can be intimidating and confusing. How do you find a session? Register? Organize your own session? And what do you wear? This seminar will try to answer common questions about participating in the SAA Annual Meeting and give you tools for leaving the conference feeling like you had the most productive experience possible. If you have never been before or feel like you are not maximizing your conference experience, then this seminar should help. The instructor will cover the basics from deciding if you should present for the first time all the way to organizing your own session. She will also discuss other ways to participate in the conference and the SAA. At the end of the seminar, you should feel confident in your ability to have a fun and successful conference!

  1. Acquire strategies for being a confident conference attendee.
  2. Understand different ways to be involved in the SAA Annual Meeting and how to make use of conference resources.
  3. Organize your time at the SAA Annual Meeting by knowing the structure of the meetings and how to prioritize events.