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Below is a list of all CPE Programs that are certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), including program descriptions and links to the programs' pages, where applicable.

 


 

Advocacy 101 for Archaeologists: Developing Your Toolkit During the Crisis and the Calm 

 

Archaeology and Social Media: A Primer for Those Who Aren't Sure They Need It or Want It.   

 

Funding Opportunities from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

 

The National Science Foundation Archaeology Program: Insight into the Grant Application and Award Process  

 

Fundamentals of Budgeting for Archaeology Projects 

 

Introduction to Digital Repositories for Archaeological Materials: tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record)  

 

Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management   

 

Introduction to Teaching Forensic Archaeology

 


Desert Geomorphology for Archaeologists

 

This course, spanning five (5) days and 40 hours, will teach the basic techniques of desert geomorphology for archaeologists. It will be held at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV, and at the nearby Corn Creek Desert Wildlife Range.

 

Click here to learn more.

 


Advocacy 101 for Archaeologists: Developing Your Toolkit During the Crisis and the Calm  

 

The Florida Public Archaeology Network's (FPAN) one-hour online seminar will provide resources and support for those wanting to advocate for archaeological resources; deliberate over crafting ethical, legal, and personal reasons for preserving sites; and identify proactive and reactive ways of responding to archaeological issues.
 
Educational Focus
  • To provide resources and support for those wanting to advocate for archaeological resources.
  • To deliberate over crafting ethical, legal, and personal reasons for preserving sites.
  • To identify proactive and reactive ways of responding to archaeological issues.
 
Objectives for the course are to enable participants to:
  • Identify federal, state, and local laws that protect archaeological sites;
  • Craft personal statements for the benefits of historical resources;
  • Explain ethical conflicts that arise between archaeologists and those digging artifacts for personal gain;
  • Discuss affordances and constraints of partnering with collectors, and
  • Locate resources that highlight the economic and civic benefits of archaeology.
 
After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Write a letter to the editor in support of cultural resources.
  • Speak at a public meeting and/or to local officials about cultural resources.
  • Form an advocacy plan for current to potential crisis.
 
Course Outline
Welcome and Introduction (15 Minutes)
  • Why do advocacy? Legal, Ethical, Emotional Reasons
  • Forms of Advocacy
Case Studies (20 Minutes)
  • Reactive measures
  • St. Augustine metal detecting
  • San Sebastian Cemetery
Public hearings
  • Proactive measures
  • Introductions to commissions and participating in local government
  • Social media and building an audience
 
Developing relationships with the media Developing an archaeology advocacy plan based on case studies and audience (15 Minutes)
 
Questions, or, if time allows, more case studies (10 Minutes)
 
Expert Instructors
Sarah E. Miller is the director of the Northeast and East Central regions for the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She is responsible for establishing a base of those interested in protecting archaeological resources, in fostering their interest, and in engaging them in activities that help preserve the archaeological record. As an effective advocate for site preservation, she developed the workshop Archaeology Advocacy: Beyond Indiana Jones for public audiences that have included city and county preservation staff, academic professors, avocational archaeologists, law enforcement, museums, and other professional societies. In her advocacy work, Miller regularly assists local governments by speaking at public hearings, attending regional Commission meetings and contributing letters for print. In addition to her work at FPAN, Miller is the current chair of the Society for Historical Archaeology Public Education and Interpretation Committee—a role in which she has offered multiple pre-conference workshops over the past eight years. She is a contributor to the recent volume Archaeologists as Activists (Left Coast Press, 2012).  
 
Lack of Commercialism: The course will use only instructional materials developed specifically for this program by the instructor.   Non Discrimination: There are no prerequisites. The course is open to all RPAs who are able to participate.   Evaluation: The SAA will send the RPA the names of those who completed the online seminar in addition to the course evaluation data.

 


 

Archaeology and Social Media: A Primer for Those Who Aren't Sure They Need It or Want It.  

 

This one-hour online seminar—Archaeology and Social Media: A Primer for Those Who Aren’t Sure They Need It or Want It—will provide archaeologists with a basic understanding of different forms of social media, how they work, the potential and limitations of each, and how they can be used to professionally benefit an individual or a program.
 
Educational Focus This one-hour online seminar—Archaeology and Social Media: A Primer for Those Who Aren’t Sure They Need It or Want It—will provide archaeologists with a basic understanding of different forms of social media, how they work, the potential and limitations of each, and how they can be used to professionally benefit an individual or a program.
 
Participants will come away with an understanding of:
 
  1. The range of social media available, what they do, and how to use them
  2. How social media can be used to promote both archaeology programs and archaeologists, including development of a social media strategy and social media policy and
  3. The constraints and limitations that social media have for archaeology, including copyright and ownership issues, site protection issues, and different kinds of audiences
 
The online seminar will benefit archaeologists who are less familiar with social media, those who want a better understanding of how to best use social media, and those who have only used it personally but would like to try and use social media professionally.
 
Course Outline
  • [10 minutes] Introduction to social media and what that means
  • [30 minutes] Different forms of social media Specifically discussed are Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube, and any future forms of social media Discussion & demonstration will include how to use, what you can expect, how to make it not take over your life, how to evaluate for your purposes Archaeological case study review
  • [20 minutes] How to develop a social media strategy, what should a social media policy include, how to measure impact, and how to maintain your social media presence
 
Expert Instructors
 
Lynne Goldstein is Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University, where she has been since 1996. She previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the majority of her research has focused on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.
 
Goldstein is currently Publications Director for the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association; her term ends in 2016. In 2000, Goldstein completed a four-year term as Editor of American Antiquity, the quarterly journal published by the Society for American Archaeology. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Beloit College in 1971, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1976. Goldstein has authored numerous publications on archaeological topics, and has served and continues to serve on various national advisory committees on behalf of archaeology.
 
Goldstein’s research is especially focused on the late prehistoric period in U.S. Great Lakes archaeology, on historic period cemeteries, and on the analysis of mortuary practices. In addition to research on the Wisconsin and Illinois, she has worked in California and Arizona on historic period cemeteries. She has worked at the Mississippian site of Aztalan, in southeastern Wisconsin for many years. In 2013, Goldstein returned to the Aztalan site with two colleagues where they collected data from two sets of excavations in order to allow better interpretation of the site structure.
 
Recently Goldstein has learned the positive benefits of using various forms of social media in archaeology. Beginning in 2007, she created the Campus Archaeology Program – a research outreach and training program that focuses on the archaeology of MSU. The program is funded by the university and allows both graduate and undergraduate students to get real world experience in doing archaeology and interacting with various offices and people on and off campus. The program staff includes Goldstein and a number of graduate and undergraduate students. From the program's beginning, a major project problem has been how to have the maximum impact with the fewest resources and no full-time employees. This situation required use of various social media strategies, and the program staff learned the benefits and limitations of these approaches. Since that time, the Campus Archaeology Program has maintained and expanded a strong social media presence, learning an additional number of lessons in effectiveness and sustainability. Activity in social media has also benefitted Goldstein's research in other areas of archaeology, and has allowed the program (and individuals) to interact with colleagues and interested parties around the world. Archaeologists who do not use social media, or do not do so often, worry about the amount of time it will take. It has been Goldstein’s experience that effective social media use can save time, increase visibility, and yield positive results. In 2012, Goldstein, with Terry Brock, received an AT&T Instructional Technology Award for use and integration of social media into teaching an on-campus field school.
 
Evaluation
 
The SAA will send the RPA the names of those who completed the online seminar and the course evaluation data. Click here to visit the Workshops and Events Page on the SAA website

 


 

Funding Opportunities from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

 

This one-hour online seminar will benefit archaeological doctoral students seeking funding for their dissertation research as well as senior archaeologists looking for relatively small amounts of funding.
 
Educational Focus
This one-hour online seminar--Funding Opportunities from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research—will benefit archaeological doctoral students seeking funding for their dissertation research as well as senior archaeologists looking for relatively small amounts of funding ($20,000). The course will provide an introduction to the Wenner-Gren Foundation, its unique history and its role in funding international anthropology, including archaeology. The goals of the seminar are to 1) to share the unique history of the Wenner-Gren Foundation and its role in the development of international anthropology; 2) to introduce doctoral students and senior scholars to the variety of funding opportunities available through the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and 3) to explain how archaeologists can prepare a competitive grant application for the most popular Wenner –Gren research grant programs (the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and the Post-Ph.D. Research Grant). Participants will come away with an understanding of the funding opportunities available from Wenner-Gren Foundation, and how to write a successful Wenner-Gren grant application (particularly important in view of the fact that the Foundation’s success rate is only 15%). Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the Wenner-Gren Foundation and all aspects of the application, review and award process.
 
Course Outline
1.Introduction to the Wenner-Gren Foundation, including its origins in the early 1940s, its endowment, and its 75 year history of support for archaeology.
2.The mission of the Foundation and the necessity that applications to the Foundation are consistent with this mission.
3.Introduction to the available funding opportunities for archaeologists.
4.How to prepare a successful grant application, including:
  • General characteristics of successful and unsuccessful archaeological applications,
  • Detailed pointers on answering each of our five project description questions
  • Advice on preparing the budget
  • What to do if your application is rejected? — Answer: resubmit
5.Application and award logistics including details about the Wenner-Gren review process
6.Question and answer interaction
 
Expert Instructors Leslie Aiello is the President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the largest private foundation devoted to the support of international anthropological research. She has been in this position since 2005, during which time the Foundation has received over 13,000 applications and made 2126 awards. She is personally involved in the decision for each application as well as in all aspects of program design and implementation.
 
Her academic interests focus on the evolution of human adaptation as well as on the broader issues of evolutionary theory, life history and the evolution of the brain and cognition. She received her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of California (Los Angeles) and her PhD in human evolution and anatomy from the University of London. She spent the majority of her 30-year academic career at University College London where she was Professor of Biological Anthropology, Head of the UCL Anthropology Department (1996-2002), and Head of the UCL Graduate School (2002 to 2005). She also served as the co-managing editor of the Journal of Human Evolution (1993-1999), has published books and a number of articles in academic journals and has been active with the media in the public dissemination of science and particularly human evolution. Her better known published works include Human Evolutionary Anatomy (with MC Dean, Academic Press, 1991); "The Expensive Tissue Hypothesis: the brain and the digestive system in human evolution” (with P. Wheeler, Current Anthropology 36:199-221) as well as a series of more recent papers on the evolution of language, cooperation, energetics and climate adaptation.
 
Among her honours are the 2006 Huxley Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute, fellowships from University College London (2007), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002) and the German Academy of Science Leopoldina (2012), and elected membership in the American Philosophical Society (2014). She is Professor Emerita at University College London.
 
Lack of Commercialism
There are no outside instructional materials for this course. All necessary information is available on the Wenner-Gren Foundation website.
 
CPE Credit One hour of CPE is given for each hour of the program.
 
This one-hour program will grant one CPE credit. Evaluation
 
The SAA will send the RPA the names of those who completed the online seminar as well as the course evaluation data.    
 

The National Science Foundation Archaeology Program: Insight into the Grant Application and Award Process  

 

This one-hour online seminar is designed for graduate students as well as more senior researchers -both archaeologists and individuals in related disciplines - who might consider submitting proposals to the NSF Archaeology Program or other relevant NSF competitions. The central goal of the seminar is to explain to potential applicants how the Archaeology Program at NSF is organized and functions. The grant application process will be explained and the characteristics of successful proposals described. Advice will be provided and specific questions answered through question and answer interaction.
 
Participants in the online seminar will:
  1. Gain sufficient knowledge regarding the Archaeology Program's goals, individual competitions, potential and limitations to determine whether it would make sense to consider an application submission
  2. Receive advice on proposal writing and insight into how proposals are evaluated will provide useful information for crafting a successful application
  3. Have the opportunity to ask, and receive answers to specific questions they may have. These likely will be of broader general interest
 
Contact Information: Dr. John Yellen Phone: (703) 292-8759 Email: jyellen@nsf.gov

 


Fundamentals of Budgeting for Archaeology Projects   

 

This 2-hour online seminar will benefit recent college graduates, graduate students, and junior-level archaeological staff members. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles underlying budgeting for an archaeology project. Although presented from a CRM perspective, the concepts introduced are also applicable to budgeting for grants.
 
This course will focus on the fundamentals of budgeting for an archaeology project, drawing on the instructor’s 30+ years of experience in creating budgets for cultural resource management projects. It will examine how budgets are developed for different kinds of contracts and for various types of archaeology projects. Practical examples will be given to highlight the concepts taught, and common budgeting pitfalls will be identified.
 
After completing the online seminar participants will be able to:
  1. Calculate overhead/indirect project costs;
  2. Estimate labor costs; and
  3. Estimate direct project costs.
 
For more information about the program host, click here.  

 

 


 

 Introduction to Digital Repositories for Archaeological Materials: tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record)  

 

This seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and options for accessing and archiving archaeological materials.
 
The seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and options for accessing and archiving archaeological materials. The seminar will also outline what archaeologists should look for when choosing a digital repository for their own materials. Using tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) as a case study, participants will also learn about online digital archiving strategies. tDAR is one such digital repository that allows users to discover and access information specifically about archaeological resources and topics, upload their data to the repository to ensure that it is preserved, and search for and analyze data as part of their research projects.
 
This seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and where they can browse, access and download archaeological documents, data sets, images and other kinds of archaeological information. Archaeologists, whether they work in CRM, for government agencies, or in academic positions, can use digital repositories to store, organize and promote their archaeological work. Using tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) as a case study, participants will learn how to access and use resources in the repository and curate and manage CRM reports, data sets, photographs, GIS files and other archaeologically relevant digital resources.

 


 

Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management  

 
This seminar will introduce participants to the background of data management and examine the various ways to ensure good management of digital data. .    
 
Archaeology today relies heavily on digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. This is in addition to an existing, underutilized backlog of archaeological information. Without a well thought-out approach to data management, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is forgotten, misplaced or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data storage, aspects of archiving data, how data are to be preserved, and the curation of data so that is discoverable, accessible and usable. This online seminar will introduce participants to the background of data management, how good data management is organized, and tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing project and research workflows to ensure good management of digital data. Click here for more information on the Center for Digital Antiquity.  
 

 Introduction to Teaching Forensic Archaeology  

 
This course will introduce participants to the special problems encountered in the application of forensic archaeological techniques. .    
 
The primary goal of this course is to introduce participants to the special problems encountered in the application of archaeological techniques to crime, accident or disaster scene investigations. After this seminar, participants will be able to:
 
  1. Begin work on the design of a course in forensic archaeology.
  2. Identify the intellectual skills and practical tools students will need to have in order to participate in forensic archaeology
  3. Inventory specific archaeological field skills to include in a course on forensic archaeology
This two-hour seminar is divided into twelve ten-minute segments. Each topic will be explored for the purpose of classifying the differences between traditional field archaeology and the special requirements of forensic archaeology. Please click here for more information.

 

 

The National Science Foundation Archaeology Program:
Insight into the Grant Application and Award Process

 

This one-hour online seminar is designed for graduate students as well as more senior researchers -both archaeologists and individuals in related disciplines - who might consider submitting proposals to the NSF Archaeology Program or other relevant NSF competitions.

The central goal of the seminar is to explain to potential applicants how the Archaeology Program at NSF is organized and functions. The grant application process will be explained and the characteristics of successful proposals described. Advice will be provided and specific questions answered through question and answer interaction.

Participants in the online seminar will:

  1. Gain sufficient knowledge regarding the Archaeology Program's goals, individual competitions, potential and limitations to determine whether it would make sense to consider an application submission

  2. Receive advice on proposal writing and insight into how proposals are evaluated will provide useful information for crafting a successful application

  3. Have the opportunity to ask, and receive answers to specific questions they may have. These likely will be of broader general interest.

Contact Information:

Little Rock and Scott, Arkansas | October 3-5, 2014

 

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will present its fourth class offering, in Scott, Arkansas on October 3-5, 2014. AMDA is certified under the Register of Professional Archaeologists’ continuing professional education program. The goal of the class is to provide professional archaeologists with an understanding of current best practices in metal detecting, and to provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of devices from a variety of manufacturers.
 

The course is offered with 16-credit and 24-credit options. Under the former, there are 8 hours of classroom work and 8 hours of field instruction/experience. Under the latter, the field portion is expanded to 16 hours and the classroom remains 8 hours. Fees will be $275 for 16 credits and $350 for 24 credits. 
 

For more information please contact Chris Espenshade at cespenshade@ccrginc.com or Patrick Severts at (770) 594-4734 or Pseverts@newsouthassoc.com
 

For an application forms, please see http://www.newsouthassoc.com/amda/index.html.

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist is pleased to announce that Minelab will be providing up to five tuition scholarships for their next class. Please click here for more information.

 


 

The seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and options for accessing and archiving archaeological materials. The seminar will also outline what archaeologists should look for when choosing a digital repository for their own materials. Using tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) as a case study, participants will also learn about online digital archiving strategies. tDAR is one such digital repository that allows users to discover and access information specifically about archaeological resources and topics, upload their data to the repository to ensure that it is preserved, and search for and analyze data as part of their research projects.

 

This seminar will introduce participants to the types of digital repositories that are available and where they can browse, access and download archaeological documents, data sets, images and other kinds of archaeological information. Archaeologists, whether they work in CRM, for government agencies, or in academic positions, can use digital repositories to store, organize and promote their archaeological work.  Using tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) as a case study, participants will learn how to access and use resources in the repository and curate and manage CRM reports, data sets, photographs, GIS files and other archaeologically relevant digital resources.

 

Archaeology today relies heavily on digital data: photographs taken in the field, GIS information, analytical and descriptive data sets, project reports, etc. This is in addition to an existing, underutilized backlog of archaeological information. Without a well thought-out approach to data management, important information will be overlooked or lost because it is forgotten, misplaced or damaged. Good digital data management requires attention to the means of data storage, aspects of archiving data, how data are to be preserved, and the curation of data so that is discoverable, accessible and usable. This online seminar will introduce participants to the background of data management, how good data management is organized, and tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing project and research workflows to ensure good management of digital data. Click here for more information on the Center for Digital Antiquity.

Registration is now open for this course, which will take place on February 18, 2014 fgrom 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Please click here for more information about the course and registration.

 


 

Introduction to Teaching Forensic Archaeology

 

The primary goal of this course is to introduce participants to the special problems encountered in the application of archaeological techniques to crime, accident or disaster scene investigations. After this seminar, participants will be able to: Begin work on the design of a course in forensic archaeology Identify the intellectual skills and practical tools students will need to have in order to participate in forensic archaeology Inventory specific archaeological field skills to include in a course on forensic archaeology This two-hour seminar is divided into twelve ten-minute segments. Each topic will be explored for the purpose of classifying the differences between traditional field archaeology and the special requirements of forensic archaeology. Please click here for more information.
 


 

Introduction to Flaked Stone Tool Technologies

 

Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc.'s (AINW) five-day program emphasizes hands-on production and analysis of flaked stone tools and debitage. Participants become familiar with several tool technologies (including core, biface, bipolar, and blade technologies), and learn to recognize and identify the distinctive manufacturing products and by-products of each. The program promotes the RPA goals of professional development through enhancing interpretive capabilities in recognizing behaviors associated with ancient technologies. These lithic technology analysis methods are commonly needed in archaeology due to the abundance of flaked stone lithic materials at prehistoric archaeological sites.

This one-week (five consecutive eight-hour days) program provides an intensive immersion in learning the mechanics of producing stone tools and learning to identify technologically diagnostic attributes based on comparing archaeological and experimental materials.

 

Click here for the course's full description, dates, and registration information.

 


 

Underwater Cultural Heritage Awareness Workshop

 

This workshop, offered annual by the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), is a full-day training event at the Society for Historical Archaeology's (SHA) Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology on January 8, 2014.

Cultural resource managers, land managers, and archaeologists are often tasked with managing, interpreting, and reviewing archaeological assessments for submerged cultural resources. This workshop is designed to introduce non-specialists to issues specific to underwater archaeology. Participants will learn about different types of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) sites, and the techniques used in Phase I and II equivalent surveys. This workshop is not intended to teach participants how to do underwater archaeology, but will introduce different investigative techniques, international Best Practices, and existing legislation. The purpose of this workshop is to assist non-specialists in recognizing the potential for UCH resources in their areas of impact, budgeting for UCH resource investigations, reviewing UCH resource assessments, developing interpretive strategies, and providing sufficient background information to assist in making informed decisions regarding UCH resources.

There are no prerequisites for this workshop, and it is open to all eligible RPAs.

 


 

SAA's Introduction to Archaeological Damage Assessment

 

The goals of this online seminar are to provide an introduction to archaeological damage assessment and to show participants what roles they are qualified to perform in the archaeological damage assessment process.

 

After taking the seminar, participants will:

  • understand what archaeological damage assessment is and the legal basis for it
  • understand the procedures involved in archaeological damage assessment
  • understand the professional qualifications necessary to conduct each of the components of archaeological damage assessment and the legal standards for expert witness testimony

This two-hour, online seminar is intended for professional archaeologists employed by government agencies or archaeological contracting firms. It will provide participants with an introduction to archaeological damage assessment. It will begin with a discussion of what archaeological damage assessment is and the legal basis for it. Next, the seminar will identify the components of archaeological damage assessment and the roles, responsibilities and timeframes involved. This will be followed by an overview of the procedures involved in:

  • field damage assessment
  • determination of values and costs as measures of harm for archaeological damage
  • damage assessment report preparation

Finally, there will be a brief discussion of the legal standards for expert witness testimony and the importance of qualifications necessary to meet these standards. At the conclusion of the seminar, the participants should understand the process of archaeological damage assessment and what their roles should be in an archaeological damage assessment for an actual archaeological violation case.

 

Click here to view the webpage for this online seminar.

 


 

SAA's Introduction to the Section 106 Process

 

This two-hour online seminar is intended for archaeologists who want an initial understanding of the Section 106 process. At the conclusion of the online seminar, the students will be able to outline the basic Section 106 process, identify the participants involved in the process, and summarize its procedures following 36CFR800. In addition, the student will know the basic provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The seminar is limited to two hours, thus there will not be time to discuss the Section 106 process in depth. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) provides 3-day training sessions in Section 106 compliance. ACHP also offers more advanced classes in agreement writing and other practices. Students with a familiarity of the Section 106 process should take the ACHP class or the RPA class offered SRI, Inc.

Click here to visit SAA's webpage for this seminar, including a more detailed session description.

 


 

SAA, New Measurement Technologies Used by Archaeologists with Fred Limp

 

The goals of this one-hour, online seminar are to introduce participants (particularly students) to the characteristics and archaeological and heritage management uses of new technologies and methods in high-precision survey methods (typically sub-millimeter to centimeter) using (a) the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and (b) "laser scanning" (and other related technologies such as close range photogrammetry and structure light measurement systems) for landscapes, sites, structures and objects.

After taking this online seminar, the participants will be able to (a) assess the capabilities of different strategies (b) the costs and benefits of the various technologies and (c) assess whether they may be of value to their projects. They will be able to characterize the basic differences in the technologies and how they may be applied in the archaeological and heritage contexts.

Click here to visit SAA's webpage for this seminar, including a more detailed session description.

 


 

SAA's Primer on the Process of Preparing and Submitting a Manuscript to American Antiquity, with Ken Sassaman, the current editor of American Antiquity!

 

This one-hour online seminar is designed to provide a primer on the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript to American Antiquity. After completing the online seminar, participants will be able to determine if their work is suited for publication in American Antiquity; understand the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript; and take away tips for effective manuscript revision. The intended audience is first-time contributors to American Antiquity, including graduate students.

Click here to visit SAA's webpage for this seminar, including a more detailed session description.

 


 

SAA, "Public Archaeology is a Moving Target" with Barbara Little

 

This seminar is designed to give an overview of public archaeology as it is practiced in the United States today.

Attendees will come away with an understanding of three main categories of public archaeology: (1) cultural resource management (CRM) or cultural heritage management (CHM) under public law; (2) outreach and education with the intention to prevent looting and vandalism of archaeological places and to combat the illicit international trade in antiquities; and (3) archaeology that aims to help communities or individuals in some way or to solve societal problems.

 

Click here for a description of this event on SAA's Online Seminars website.

 


 

SAA, "Get Hired!" with Carol Ellick

 

This one-hour online seminar will help both graduate and undergraduate archaeology students and recent graduates in their transition from student to a career.

After participating in this online seminar, students will be able to:

  1. Identify potential employers
  2. More accurately read and respond to job announcements
  3. Link their current knowledge, skills, and abilities gained in school and in prior jobs to those being sought after by employers.

Click here for more information about this seminar.

 


 

SRI Foundation Offers Two RPA-Certified Programs

 

The Continuing Education Program of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and the SRI Foundation are proud to announce that there are two courses, Section 106: Principles and Practice and Completing Section 106: Resolving Adverse Effects and Writing Agreement Documents that have been certified.

The training workshops are scheduled to meet the client’s needs so the dates vary, but please contact SRI Foundation to make any inquiries and for registration information.

Section 106: Principles and Practice

The instructors for this workshop are Dr. Lynne Sebastian, Mr. Terry Klein, and Mr. Dave Cushman. All instructors are RPA registered professionnals and all subject matter experts in historic preservation and Section 106 compliance.

The SRI Foundation does not have a prerequisite for this workshop. The workshop is open to all eligible RPA registrants.

This two-day introductory course on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act covers the following topics:

  • The history of historic preservation in the United States

  • The National Historic Preservation Act and other preservation laws

  • The National Register of Historic Places

  • Section 106: the process, the participants, and the potential pitfalls

  • 36 CFR Part 800, the Section 106 regulation

  • Flexibility and Section 106: The program alternatives

  • Resolving adverse effects

  • Working with consulting parties and the public

  • Standard treatments and creative mitigation measures

  • Developing and writing agreement documents

  • Coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 4(f)

Learning outcomes: at the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the standard Section 106 process and the roles of the participants in that process

  • Discuss the basic requirements for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places

  • Describe the process for resolving adverse effects on historic properties

  • Identify the two types of Section 106 agreement documents and discuss the differences between them.

Performance Measures: A test of the particpant's mastery of the stated objectives will administered at the end of the workshop.

Course delivery methods include lecture, class discussion, slide presentations, and small group exercises throughout both days designed to guide particpants in applying what they have learned about Section 106 compliance.

Click here to download and view the PDF flyer for Section 106: Principles and Practice.

 

Advanced Section 106 Course
Completing Section 106: Resolving Adverse Effects and Writing Agreement Documents


The instructors for this workshop are Dr. Lynne Sebastian, Mr. Terry Klein, and Mr. Dave Cushman. All instructors are RPA registered professionnals and all subject matter experts in historic preservation and Section 106 compliance.

SRI Foundation does not have a prerequisite for this workshop. The workshop is open to all eligible RPA registrants. The Foundation; however, encourages participants to have substantial experience with, or training in, the Section 106 consultation process.

This two-day advanced course on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act covers the following topics:

  • What is the purpose of the Section 106 process? What outcomes are we trying to achieve? How do we achieve an appropriate balance between the needs of transportation projects and historic preservation concerns?

  • What are the historic properties? How do we know what is important about them?

  • How are historic properties affected by transportation projects, and what can we do about those effects?

  • Consultation and consulting parties: how to work effectively with consulting parties and the public within the Section 106 process.

  • Resolving adverse effects: How to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse effects on historic properties

  • Negotiating Section 106 agreements and preparing the agreement document

Learning outcomes: at the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the legislative and regulatory purpose of the Section 106 process and the relationship to FHWA policy concerning context sensitive solutions (CSS).

  • Demonstrate the process for evaluating the eligibility of properties for listing on the national Register of Historic Places.

  • Identify the four possible findings of effect for Section 106 undertakings and define the differences among them.

  • Describe the steps in resolving adverse effects and bringing project complaince to closure

  • Define when to use a programmatic agreement or a memorandum of agreement to complete the section 106 process

  • Identify the parts of an agreement document and describe what information should be included in each part.

Performance Measures: A test of the participant's mastery of the stated objectives will administered at the end of the workshop.

Course delivery methods include lecture, class discussion, slide presentations, and small group exercises throughout both days designed to guide particpants in applying what they have learned about Section 106 compliance.

 


 

Advanced Metal Detecting Course is RPA-Certified

 

Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) is a course designed to teach best practices in applying metal detecting to professional research. Our instructors recognize that there is a need for this course, as metal detecting is rarely taught in university programs. As well, the technology of metal detecting is changing rapidly, and the professional archaeologist needs to keep abreast of the newest developments. The class is offered for 16 RPA credits (8 hours classroom, 8 hours field) or 24 RPA credits (8 hours classroom, 16 hours field).

The AMDA class recognizes that the three main factors affecting the efficacy of a metal detector investigation are: 1) competency of the operators; 2) appropriateness of the device to the task at hand; and 3) suitability of the research design. The classroom session stresses the application of metal detecting to various site types and levels of investigation. The class notebooks also include a case study CD with examples of successful research efforts.

We also recognize that professional archaeologists need an opportunity for instructor-monitored, hands-on, practical field experience with a variety of currently available devices. AMDA has created a partnership with several manufacturers and retailers who provide trial models at various price points. Our fieldwork sessions are designed to contribute to the research needs of our local hosts, and we work on real problems on real sites.

The AMDA web-site can be accessed athttp://www.newsouthassoc.com/amda/index.html. For questions on future classes, please contact Chris Espenshade at cespenshade@ccrginc.com.

 


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