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SAA’s Online Seminar Series

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.

Why take an online seminar from SAA?

  • Keep up to date on developments in the field with the help of a leading  expert.
  • Enhance your skill set and knowledge base quickly and easily in just an hour or two.
  • Advance in your job or career: Most SAA Online Seminars are RPA Certified and RPAs can receive Continuing Education Credit on the certified seminars.
  • Receive a certificate of completion from SAA .

Additional Information and Requirements  

General Information

  • Cancellations are allowed up to 14 days before the online seminar. All cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Each member-only SAA online seminar will accommodate 75 computer connections or "seats." All fee-based seminars will accommodate 40 "seats".

  • Registration for individual seminars closes one week prior to the start time or when the limit of  "seats" is filled.

  • Participants must have an internet connection and a computer with speakers to participate.

  • All one-hour, member-only online seminars will be recorded and available in our archive for SAA members. Two-hour seminars will not be recorded.
  • All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Group Registration

  • Two or more individuals sharing a single computer connection or "seat" may qualify for the group rate. Only the primary registrant is required to be an SAA member to receive SAA group-member pricing.
  • When registering groups, the primary registrant must submit the name and email address of each group participant in an Excel file seven days before the course date to elizabeth_pruitt@saa.org. We regret that we cannot add group participant names after that time. Only registered participants will receive certificates of completion once their participation had been verified by the primary registrant.

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Upcoming Courses

Registration for fee-based online seminars opens when the course description is posted. Registration for free online seminars opens approximately 12 days prior to the course date.

Check back often. Our list of online seminars will be growing soon.        

Recent Seminars

Geophysical Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Overview and Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users, Teachers, and Consumers


January 22, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET Sold Out


Geophysics is finally starting to take hold in American archaeology, but there are very few opportunities for good training on how to operate the instruments, process the data, and interpret the results. The primary goal of this seminar is to provide a basic introduction to the fundamental principles of making geophysics work for archaeologists. We will focus on several basic components of good practice, including choosing an instrument, setting up a survey, collecting good data, basic data processing, and most important of all—data interpretation. A wide variety of examples and case studies will be used from all across the US, with an emphasis on the three instrument types commonly used in American archaeology: magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistance meters. Doing good geophysics in archaeology is not about how many different instruments you can throw at a site, it’s about objectives and what you hope to achieve. So, it’s time to dust off that magnetometer that’s been sitting in the closet, charge up your geology colleague’s radar, and get yourself out in the field to collect some data!


After completing this course, participants will have a basic understanding of how to (1) collect, (2) process, and (3) interpret geophysical data from the three main instruments used by archaeologists: magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistance meters. An emphasis will be placed on doing this with an archaeologist’s eye to understanding the archaeological record.


Jarrod Burks, Ph.D. is the Director of Archaeological Geophysics at Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. He has been conducting geophysical surveys on archaeology sites since 1998 in a wide variety of survey settings, both in terms of geology/soils and archaeological targets. He has published his research in national and international journals including American Antiquity, Archaeological Prospection, and the Journal of Archaeological Science. For the past two decades he has been an instructor at the National Park Service’s geophysics workshop for archaeology, hosted annually by the Midwest Archeological Center at a range of venues around the country.


Individual Registrations: $99 for SAA members and $139 for SAA nonmembers
Group Registrations: $139 for SAA members and $179 for SAA nonmembers


Employing Innovative Approaches to Curation and Collections Management:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Archaeological Curation Program


February 23, 2018 3:00-4:00pm  ET 


The recognition that the field of archaeology is based on scientifically-curated national collections is emerging as a core value of the archaeological community. The preservation and digitization of collections is now seen as key to the long term survival of the data that comprises the science of archaeology. While most archaeologists recognize curation and collections management are an integral component to the field, resource allocation for these collections has never adequately addressed the national need. This one-hour online seminar will address the function of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections (MCX-CMAC), the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), and the approach of data preservation and curation of public archaeological collections in the U.S. and how USACE has developed and implemented a national approach to managing these important cultural resources.


The objectives for this course are to:

a. Provide an introduction to archaeology and curation at the USACE, St. Louis District, MCX-CMAC.

b. Discuss the curation efforts of the Veterans Curation Program (VCP).

c. Advise participants of the considerations that must be given to
    1. The preparation of artifacts and archives
    2. Selection of curation facilities
    3. Accessibility of archaeological collections
    4. Use of technology for the purposes of education and outreach


Dr. Michael “Sonny” Trimble received his Ph.D. in anthropology, with a specialization in archaeology, from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1985. After completing a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Dr. Trimble accepted a position with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St Louis District in 1987. Dr. Trimble is the Chief of the Curation and Archives Analysis Branch within the Engineering Division of the USACE, St. Louis District, and the National Director of the Corps of Engineers’ Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections (MCX-CMAC) in St. Louis, MO.

Ms. Catherine “Kate” Leese received her M.A. in archaeology from the University of Leicester. She has previously served as a laboratory manager for the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), as well as the Project Manager of the VCP for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ms. Leese currently serves as an Archaeologist and Contracting Officer’s Representative for the Corps of Engineers’ Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections (MCX-CMAC) in St. Louis, MO.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

Outreach, Engagement, and Advocacy: The Importance of Reaching the Public through Media


March 7, 2018 3:00-4:00pm  ET 


This seminar will focus on both why archaeologists should engage, advocate, and reach out to others about their field and ways that those goals can be accomplished through interaction with the media. Participants will learn about the expectations of journalists, how news pieces and press releases are written, and how to deal with potentially negative outcomes such as misquoting and trolling.


The objectives for this course are to have the participants:

a. Feel more comfortable with speaking to the media.

b. Approach media interactions in a way that benefits both the journalist and the archaeologist.

c. Engage in more effective science communication.


Kristina Killgrove, PhD, has been writing online for 15 years. In that time, she has contributed to more than a dozen different blogs and has started at least as many websites. Her current outlets are her personal/professional blog Powered by Osteons and her columns at Forbes and Mental Floss. In 2016, she was awarded the New Directions award for her online outreach by the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association, and in 2017, she was awarded the Excellence in Public Education award by the Society for American Archaeology. She serves as the current chair of the SAA Media Relations Committee as well. Dr. Killgrove’s research lies at the boundary between classics and anthropology with a focus on the bioarchaeology of the ancient Roman world.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers


Archaeologies of Landscape


May 2, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!


In recent decades, landscape research in archaeology has progressed considerably beyond the study of settlement patterns, natural resources, and land use.  Landscape has become a unifying concept for the study of meaningful places and sensory dimensions of human experience.  Archaeologists working on monumental landscapes think about ancient ideologies, cosmologies, performances, and Foucaultian surveillance.  Archaeologists working with Indigenous peoples on cultural landscapes are weaving together oral histories, migrations and traditional land use.  The goals of this seminar are: (1) to provide participants with a clear understanding of the historical development of diverse approaches to landscape; (2) to provide participants with a strong foundation in current theoretical and interpretive approaches to archaeological landscapes; and (3) and to provide participants with tools in the form of case studies and examples that may assist them in landscape research and management.  The seminar will cover a range of topics intersecting with landscape, including social order, cosmography, political landscapes, ideologies, natural places, memory and the body.


The objectives for this course are to provide participants with:

a. A clear understanding of the historical development of diverse approaches to landscape;

b. A Strong foundation in current theoretical and interpretive approaches to archaeological landscapes; and

c. Tools in the form of case studies and examples that may assist them in landscape research and management.


A professional archaeologist with 30 years’ experience, Ruth Van Dyke is a Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, where she regularly teaches a graduate seminar entitled, “Archaeologies of Landscape.” Her research is focused on the greater Chaco landscape, which encompasses not only monumental and domestic structures, roads and agricultural fields, but also viewsheds, soundscapes, and mountain peaks. Her landscape research has employed methods ranging from ArcGIS viewshed analysis to phenomenological investigation. She is the author of numerous publications on the Chaco landscape, including The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place (SAR Press, 2007). Together with colleagues, she is currently working with the National Park Service to help develop long-term goals and strategies for managing and preserving the greater Chaco landscape.


Individual Registrations: $99 for SAA members and $139 for SAA nonmembers
Group Registrations: $139 for SAA members and $179 for SAA nonmembers


Oportunidades Internacionales para Estudiantes de Arqueología de América Latina


May 15, 2018 12:00-1:00pm  ET


This seminar will be presented entirely in Spanish.
From strict academic and institutional discourse to a personal approach, this seminar will introduce students from Latin America to the opportunities for personal and scientific enrichment through international experience. This international experience will broaden an individual’s perspective and future possibilities. Based on the instructor’s experience as an archaeologist from Mexico studying in Spain, he will share his experience and lessons learned with participants. Students from developing countries often encounter challenges while trying to travel abroad and this seminar will discuss funding options and ways to overcome these challenges. International institutions, forums, conferences, and universities where Latin American students can engage in fieldwork will also be highlighted.

Este seminario será presentado únicamente en español.
Desde el discurso académico e institucional hasta una aproximación personal, este seminario introduce a los estudiantes de América Latina en las oportunidades de enriquecimiento personal y científico a través de la experiencia internacional. Esta experiencia internacional ampliará una perspectiva personal y futuras posibilidades. Basado en la experiencia del instructor como arqueólogo originario de México estudiando en España, compartirá con los asistentes su experiencia y lecciones aprendidas. Los estudiantes de países en desarrollo habitualmente enfrentan retos cuando tratan de viajar al extranjero y este seminario presentará las opciones de financiamiento y los medios para sobrepasar estos retos. En el seminario se resaltarán las instituciones internacionales, foros, conferencias y universidades donde los estudiantes de América Latina pueden implicarse en el campo de trabajo.


The goals of this one-hour course are to:

a. Raise the awareness of the importance of international experiences in the field of archaeology among students and professionals in Latin American countries;

b. Present examples of international institutions for archaeological practice, research, and fieldwork as well as funding opportunities; and

c. Offer participants a professional strategy model for international experience success.

Las metas de este curso de una hora son:

a. Incrementar la concienciación de la importancia de las experiencias internacionales en el campo de la arqueología entre los estudiantes y profesionistas en países de América Latina;

b. Presentar ejemplos de instituciones internacionales para la práctica arqueológica, investigación y campo de trabajo, así como oportunidades de financiación; y

c. Ofrecer a los participantes un modelo estratégico profesional para tener éxito en experiencias internacionales.


Amilcar Vargas is a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona with a research focus on social participation in archaeological World Heritage Sites in Mexico. He completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology (2015) and an MA in Management of Cultural Institutions and Businesses (2013), both at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has a BA in Archaeology at the University of Veracruz, Mexico (2007).

His experiences abroad include an internship at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, research stays in Canada and Germany, participation in conferences and courses in Japan, Qatar, Poland, the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Romania, France, Germany, and Canada. To fund his international experiences, he has been awarded scholarships from DAAD (Germany), European Commission (Europe), CONACYT and FONCA (Mexico), and Fundació Montcelimar (Spain). In addition, his work as a consultant for World Heritage Sites in Spain has helped him to keep in contact with cultural heritage managers and academic and non-academic professionals.

Amilcar Vargas es candidato a doctor por la Universidad de Barcelona con una investigación enfocada en la participación social en sitios arqueológicos Patrimonio Mundial en México. Estudió una Maestría en Gestión del Patrimonio Cultural y Museología (2015) y una Maestría en gestión de Instituciones y Empresas Culturales (2013), ambas en la Universidad de Barcelona, España. Estudió la licenciatura en arqueología en la Universidad Veracruzana, México (2007).

Sus experiencias en el extranjero incluyen una estancia en la sede de la UNESCO en París, estancias de investigación en Canadá y Alemania, participación en conferencias y cursos en Japón, Qatar, Polonia, Holanda, Reino Unido, Italia, Rumania, Francia, Alemania y Canadá. Para financiar sus experiencias internacionales, ha ganado becas de la DAAD (Agencia Alemana de Intercambio Académico, Alemania), la Comisión Europea (Europa), el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT, México), el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA, México) y la Fundación Montcelimar (España). Además, su trabajo como consultor para sitios Patrimonio Mundial en España le ha ayudado para mantenerse en contacto con gestores del patrimonio cultural y profesionales del ámbito académico y no académico.


*This seminar is not RPA Certified and no credit will be given for taking this course.*
Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

*Este seminario no está certificado de acuerdo al Registro de Arqueólogos Profesionales (RPA) y no se otorgarán créditos por tomar este seminario.*
Gratuito para miembros individuales de la SAA.
No disponible para no miembros individuales de la SAA.