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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

 

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

Date/Time

February 23, 2018 3:00-4:00pm  ET SOLD OUT

Description

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.

Objectives

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

Instructor

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.

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

 

Advanced Archaeological Digital Data Management

Date/Time

February 28, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET SOLD OUT

Description

Archaeological research and resource management use and rely heavily on digital data, including: photographs taken in the field; GIS data recording site location and intra-site proveniences; analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. Without a well thought-out approach for managing these digital data, important information will be lost because it is overlooked, misplaced, or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data version control, file format types, appropriate metadata, data backup and storage, and providing for long-term access to and preservation of data. In order for data to be used and re-used in the future, they need to be curated so that they are discoverable, accessible, and in file formats that remain usable over time. This online seminar describes the practical aspects of good data management: how to organize materials during the life of a project, tools and methods to adapt for research projects, and workflows to ensure that data are prepared for accessibility and preservation once a project is complete. Case studies and examples using archaeological projects and collections in tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) repository are used as illustrations.

Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

  • briefly discuss the importance of effective and efficient management for digital archaeological data;
  • outline good principles and practices of data management;
  • and explore these principles in depth by look at the interrelated aspects of data management: storage, archiving, preservation, and curation.

Instructor

Francis P. McManamon is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity at Arizona State University. Issues and topics related to the management of archaeological data and information are among his professional focuses. Digital Antiquity develops and maintains tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), an international repository for data and documents related to archaeology and other kinds of cultural heritage.

Leigh Anne Ellison is the Program Manager at Digital Antiquity, where she has carried out and overseen many digital curation projects. She also is an experienced advocate for the long-term preservation and access to archaeological data. She received her Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. She has conducted archaeological investigations in Mexico, Honduras, the Pacific, and the American Southwest.

Pricing

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

 

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

Date/Time

March 7, 2018 3:00-4:00pm  ET Register!

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Instructor

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.

Pricing

Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers

 

3D Morphometrics for Archaeologists

Date/Time

March 26, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!

Description

Morphology is the comparative study of form and it is fundamental to archaeological inquiry. Increasingly accessible 3D-scanning technology has allowed digital models of artifacts to have a prominent role in archaeological analyses. Modern landmark-based geometric morphometrics (GM) has become a staple analytical toolbox to evaluate archaeological hypotheses of artifact form across space and time. This seminar provides participants with examples of innovative 3D geometric morphometric analysis in the R programming environment. Instructors will work through archaeological examples to import, digitize, manipulate, analyze, and display 3D data using “GUImorph”, a user-friendly Graphical User Interface to R. No coding experience is necessary.

Objectives

The objective of this course is to help users understand and conduct 3D GM analyses to answer archaeological questions, allowing them to:

  • Collect 3D morphometric data
  • Conduct a limited range of analyses
  • Visualize morphometric patterns

Instructor

Dr. Erik Otárola-Castillo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He specializes in Computational Anthropology/Archaeology. He has been a developer of geometric morphometric methods (GM) since 2008. At Purdue University, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on statistical and computational methods. He is a founding co-developer of “geomorph,” a popular GM software in the R programming environment. He is the main developer of “GUImorph” a GM software that allows users to conduct GM analyses in R through an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Melissa G. Torquato is a graduate student in Anthropology at Purdue University, specializing in data management and modeling and geometric morphometrics. Since 2014, she has used computational methods to answer questions related to behavioral and morphological variation in humans.

Pricing

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

 

Archaeologies of Landscape

Date/Time

May 2, 2018 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Instructor

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.

Pricing

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

Date/Time

May 15, 2018 12:00-1:00pm  ET

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Instructor

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.

Pricing

*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.

 

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