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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.

  • Member-only online seminars will be recorded for future broadcast to SAA members.
  • 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 webmaster@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


Beyond Mapping Grade - Using High-Precision GNSS Tools for Archaeological Site and Project Mapping


September 19, 2017 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!


New developments in high precision GPS (also known as Global Navigation Satellite System or GNSS) systems now provide the capability to perform rapid (a few seconds per measurement) and precise (better than 5 cm) archeological mapping over large areas. Lower precision GNSS “mapping systems” have been long used to locate sites within a survey but these newer approaches can be used to provide detailed mapping of feature and architectural elements, individual artifacts, and other object locations. The new GNSS systems—often referred to as “real time kinematic” or RTK—can replace, or augment, traditional electronic distance measurement mapping tools and are especially valuable in sites that cover large areas. This online seminar will compare the traditional mapping grade systems with the new RTK based ones; review the strengths/weaknesses and cost/benefits of the systems; and provide specific high-precision workflows relevant to archaeologist. This course is designed for archaeologists with previous experience in mapping grade GNSS who are interested in improving the speed and precision of their mapping work.


The goals of this online course are to:

a. Compare the traditional mapping grade systems with the new RTK based ones,

b. Review the strengths/weaknesses and cost/benefits of the systems; and

c. Provide specific high-precision workflows relevant to archaeologists


Fred Limp has been involved in the applications of GPS (now GNSS) for more than two decades with experience in a wide range of navigation, mapping and survey GNSS hardware and software systems and with a special focus on archaeological and heritage applications. For 10 years he has taught advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in GNSS principles and applications at the university level. Recent applicable efforts involve detailed cost/performance comparisons of a range of systems and the development of workflows making GNSS, and especially high precision RTK solutions, more user friendly.


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


CRM in Latin America


September 28, 2017 12:00-1:00pm  ET


This course will be presented in Spanish.

Cultural resources management (CRM) around the world emerged within a context of economic growth. Infrastructure development, its main instrument, poses great risk to the preservation of heritage resources. CRM is a thriving industry contributing strongly to a country’s economy, while preserving heritage resources in the context of complex public and state negotiations. Latin America is a key market for world investment opportunities. With businesses being invited to Latin America to invest and exploit natural and cultural resources, archaeologists are facing many preservation challenges. Thus, there is a need to adapt to existing laws and definitions of cultural heritage. It is necessary to accept that insufficient training has been provided to heritage professionals and archaeologists to meet the regulations imposed by financial institutions—for example, in developing land-use plans or social and heritage impact assessments. Environmental companies are mostly doing this work now, as CRM companies are rare in Latin America. Building CRM capacity in Latin America requires new professional credentials, close collaborative efforts with experienced companies, and above all, new business heritage models and regulated standards that recognize the CRM industry as an effective heritage preservation industry in Latin America. In this one-hour, online presentation, the instructor explores these avenues to building a fair business market for heritage preservation in Latin America.


The goals of this one-hour course are:

a. Learn the standing of CRM or Cultural Heritage Management in Latin America,

b. Understand cultural heritage, economic growth and development, and the laws and ethics of doing CRM business in Latin America; and

c. Understand the value of CRM for Latin America.


Sandra L. López Varela received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of London in 1996. After her working experience in CRM in the United States, she has dedicated her efforts to implement new perspectives to balance heritage preservation with economic growth and development. She has measured the effects of economic and social development policies to combat poverty on Mexico’s heritage, a research project awarded with the Bessel-Forschungspreis excellence in science of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She held the Archaeology Seat at the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), served as Past President of the Society for Archeological Sciences, was elected recently as Treasurer of the Sociedad Mexicana de Antropología, and is a member of the Cultural Heritage Task Force of the AAA. She is general editor of the upcoming Wiley International Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences and has published articles in various journals, including Journal of Archaeological Science, American Anthropologist, and Advances in Archaeological Practice. She is a professor at Mexico’s National University (UNAM) where she teaches cultural heritage management and heritage business and marketing.


Free to individual SAA members
Not available to individual SAA nonmembers


Archaeological Curation and Collections Management: What You Need to Know but Never Learned in School


October 12, 2017 2:00-4:00pm  ET Register!


This two-hour online seminar is intended for students who have never taken a course in archaeological collections management. It will be specifically useful for those with no formal collections management training, who are nearing graduation and about to enter the professional world of archaeology; and students majoring in anthropology who are considering a career focused on managing and/or caring for archaeological collections.

The three main goals of the seminar are to:

a. Provide attendees with an overview of preventive conservation; collections management policies and procedures; and the tasks associated with managing archaeological collections.

b. Teach participants about their roles and responsibilities as they relate to archaeological collections, to ensure that curation is effectively considered at each stage of the archaeological process.

c. Offer solutions and resources that participants can refer to as they encounter different collections management scenarios.


After participating in the online seminar, participants will:

a. Gain a strong understanding of the principles of curation, the policies and procedures that make up an effective collections management program, and how they play an important part in the process of archaeology.

b. More fully understand their roles and responsibilities as they relate to the archaeological collections they generate and/or care for.

c. Be able to successfully apply the seminar concepts, solutions, and resources in their daily work routines, ensuring that collections are appropriately cared for and managed throughout the entire process of archaeology.


In 2017, Danielle Benden launched Driftless Pathways, LLC, a museum consulting business.  As owner of Driftless Pathways, she develops collections assessments, provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies.  She has taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses at the university level for over ten years. In addition, Ms. Benden has instructed a variety of professional development trainings including SAA online seminars for archaeologists, and tailored curatorial programs for small museum staff. She has more than 15 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, ten of which have been directing field projects.  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. She served as the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2016.

She 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 involving archaeological curation.


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