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The Register of Professional Archaeologists is a community of professional archaeologists. Our mission is to establish and adhere to standards and ethics that represent and adapt to the dynamic field of archaeology and to provide a resource for entities who rely on professional archaeology services.

Important Announcements

The Register values on-going professional development, however, the proposal to require continuing education credits has been tabled by the Board of Directors due to the COVID-19 crisis.

We will revisit this issue in the fall or whenever it seems appropriate to do so. No continuing education credits will be required for at least the rest of 2021.

Upcoming Public Events

    • 25 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)

    LiDAR Recordation Techniques for Cultural Resources: Selecting an Application for Your Project

    When: May 25, 2021 2:00-4:00 PM

    Duration: 2 hours

    Certification: RPA-certified

    This presentation reviews and illustrates the wide application spectrum of LiDAR technologies for use in cultural resources projects. Depending on the feature or object to be scanned in the field, aerial, terrestrial and drone data each deliver different final products. The instructors will discuss methods for selecting a project-specific approach, the setup of the recordation event, and how to achieve the visualization outcome desired for the project. The lecture will include case studies from cultural resource projects. The instructors will discuss the steps to consider, including how to “look” at the object to be recorded in three dimensions and estimate how to perform the scan to achieve and produce the final 3D object. They will review the use of engineering-grade LiDAR, iPhone LiDAR, and photogrammetry-based LiDAR, as well as some common mistakes to avoid in collecting and processing 3D data.

    Register Now!

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • (UTC-04:00)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (UTC-04:00)
    • Valley Forge, Pennslyvania


    Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will present its 15th class offering in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on June 25-27, 2021. The Valley Forge National Historical Park (National Park Service) will be the local partner for this class.

    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 as 24-credits. There are 8 hours of classroom work and the field portion is 16 hours.

    Fees will be $375.00 for 24 credits. At this class, both the classroom instruction and the fieldwork will be at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

    The field sessions will contribute to ongoing research for the National Park Service. Valley Forge is beginning a three-stage project at the purported (map projected) location of the winter quarters of the artillery under General Knox. These winter quarters were cabins like the other winter camps at Valley Forge. The project area will cover 12-16 acres of meadow.

    PLEASE NOTE: The class dates are subject to change dependent on Covid-19 issues. AMDA will structure the class to limit the classroom and follow NPS and our internally developed Covid-19 policies.

    All participants will adhere to class Covid-19 guidelines.

    Class size is limited to 30.

    Registration closes 25 May 2021.

    Training location: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

    For more information visit the AMDA website at: http://amda.modernheritage.net/ 

    Joe Balicki at josephbalicki1@gmail.com

    or Joel Bohy at jrb712@comcast.net 


    • 5 Oct 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 7 Dec 2021
    • (PST)

    Historic Preservation. Archaeological Consulting. Cultural Resource Management. Museums. Heritage Tourism.

    Take your heritage-related education and work experience a step further into business management. Learn how to achieve more successful heritage outcomes while being financially sustainable. Understand the basics of business management and how they apply to the heritage industry in for- and non-profit businesses, organizations, and cultural institutions. Heritage professionals with business skills are in demand. Whether an employee or an entrepreneur, establish yourself as a business-savvy professional that can simultaneously achieve better outcomes for both heritage resources and heritage organizations.

    • 6 Nov 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Online

    77th Annual Meeting in Durham, NC (2021)

    Update as of 10/20/2020


    You are invited to the 2020 Business Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference on Friday, November 6, 2020, 3 p.m. eastern time. The meeting will be held via Zoom with space for 300 attendees provided courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania.

    The goal is for the meeting to be no more than 75 minutes, so it will be shorter than usual. The focus will be on awards and resolutions, and brief reports from the officers. Full reports, full award citations and memorial and ceremonial resolutions, and reports from committees/task forces/networks are available here.

    Because of the complexities of managing a large Zoom meeting, the hosts will be controlling the microphones of attendees. Our main goals are to provide information to SEAC members and to honor our award recipients. Please log in a few minutes early so we can start on time. We look forward, with hope, to seeing everyone in real life in Durham in 2021.

    • 17 Nov 2021
    • (UTC-05:00)
    • 21 Nov 2021
    • (UTC-05:00)
    • Baltimore, MD

    The 120th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, is currently scheduled for November 17-21, 2021. In response to the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA is reviewing the Call for Papers process. The Call for Papers is currently planned to launch by mid-March. Stay tuned for updates here on this webpage and via email!

    The 2020 theme planned for St. Louis, MO, “Truth and Responsibility,” will be carried over to 2021 in Baltimore. 

    Find Out More


10 January 2021 

By joining the Register of Professional Archaeologists, an archaeologist recognizes their  personal responsibility to colleagues, clients, and the public and agrees to be held accountable  for their professional behavior. The Register takes complaints against Register-certified  archaeologists very seriously. When a grievance is filed, the Grievance Coordinator opens an  investigation and convenes the Grievance Committee to determine appropriate action. The  Register's grievance procedures are designed to provide for a fair, thorough, and expeditious  process. If the committee determines further action is appropriate, the committee could issue  an official admonishment, public censure, suspension, termination of the accused's RPA  affiliation or a finding that no breach of the Code of Conduct occurred. More details on the  Grievance process, the Code of Conduct, and Standards of Research Performance can be found  on the Register's website: https://rpanet.org/about-grievance/.  

The Register has received three complaints that a Registered Professional Archaeologist  harassed a colleague during a plenary session at the Society for Historical Archaeology  conference on January 6, 2021. Harassment is a violation of the Register Code of Conduct and is  grounds for disciplinary action. The Grievance Coordinator has opened an investigation.  Additional statements may be made on this matter if appropriate.  

Linda Stine

Trish Fernandez


Deborah L Rotman

Executive Director

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Join nearly 4,000 leading archaeologists in 16 countries who are making a commitment to disciplinary advancement through professionalism and accountability!



The organization commits to maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and encourage registrants to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.


The Archaeological Ethics Database is an ongoing project by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).  


GRIEVANCE HOTLINE:  1-410-246-2150

One of the major goals of the Register of Professional Archaeologists is to provide and enforce the organization’s Code of Conduct (Code) and the Standards of Research Performance (Standards). The grievance hotline connects you directly to the Grievance Coordinator, avoiding office staff and intermediaries, for confidential consultation and information.

Find out more

*For non-Grievance queries, please call 1-317-352-2262.

Register of Professional Archaeologists
411 East Northfield Drive, Box 9
Brownsburg, IN  46112

Phone: (317) 352-2262

Grievance Hotline: (410) 246-2150 

You do not have to be an RPA/RA to file a Grievance

Email: info@rpanet.org

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