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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 2020.

Upcoming Public Events

    • 4 Mar 2021
    • (UTC-05:00)
    • 6 Mar 2021
    • (UTC-05:00)
    • Online

    The SCA Annual Meetings provide a platform for the sharing of data from active research in California and the regions that pertain to it, as well as the opportunity to discuss challenges to the practice of the discipline.

    The SCA is the largest state archaeology society in the USA, with a membership hovering around 1100 individuals, and annual meetings that regularly attract upwards of 800. Membership is diverse and includes students, Native American tribal members, and professional archaeologists working in CRM, academia, agencies, Tribal offices, and Museums. The sharing of data allows attendees to gain a view of the status of archaeology throughout the region. Workshops and forums focus on timely issues and provide practical as well as research-oriented skills training. SCA meetings are both intellectually stimulating and fun, and they offer ample opportunities for professional networking and socializing with a community of individuals who are interested in and have dedicated their careers to historic preservation and California archaeology.

    The 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology will be held Thursday, March 4, through Saturday, March 6, 2021. This will be a virtual event. Of course, the digital format means that we will not see each other in person, but we hope that you will participate as presenters and viewers of this meeting. Some of our usual events will be challenging in a virtual format, particularly the Silent Auction. Our valiant Local Arrangements Chair, John Holson, is thinking hard, so though you won’t see an option here to register for everyone’s favorite event, don’t rule it out completely. We may have updates for you later.

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    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM (UTC-00:00)
    • Online

    Comments on social media, such as during the Heritage Chat on Twitter, have highlighted how much people are missing the everyday networking opportunities which have been halted due to lockdown procedures. We know nothing can really beat the cross-organisational networking that happens in the break room, but we are trying to fill that gap.

    Join us for Morning tea chat, a digital break, from 10:30 until 11:15. Expand your social network from the comfort of your own home or wherever you are currently located, and perhaps chat with some people on Zoom other than your daily contacts! We will set up a series of break-out rooms for people to join and go from there.

    CIfA staff will also be joining in on the conversations, so feel free to say hi! Please bear in mind: this is something new we are trying out. If you can think of ways to improve the process, let us know and we will see what we can do! This will be completely free with up to 100 spaces available.

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    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Online

    Nothing quite went as planned in 2020, including conferences and other in-person networking events that make up so much of how we interact with each other professionally. Networking is still a vital way to meet new people and discover new opportunities, so how do we do it? This seminar will explore ways that you can do this by taking advantage of your existing network, connecting widely (virtually), staying current on research and publications, attending conferences and other remote events, and by looking for other new ways to get involved.

    Registration Opens Soon!

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (UTC-04:00)
    • 17 Apr 2021
    • (UTC-04:00)
    • Online

    SAA's Annual Meeting brings together the archaeological community to share ideas, best practices, and state of the art knowledge; meet and network in interest groups, panels, symposia, and committees; and to celebrate their field. 

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    • 21 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 23 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    CIfA is delighted to announce that our annual conference will be hosted exclusively online from Wednesday, 21 April - Friday, 23 April 2021

    CIfA2021 will incorporate keynote addresses, wide-ranging sessions and training workshops in a virtual forum and will discuss current professional issues, showcase new developments, and present research in archaeology and the wider heritage sector. Our conference is the premier professional archaeological conference in the UK, and attracts hundreds of participants over three days.

    In moving to an online format for the CIfA 2021 conference, our hope is that our digital programme will improve the accessibility of the conference for all, whilst shielding participants; particularly those who may be at risk or vulnerable, from COVID-19.

    At CIfA2021 we will be looking to the future and asking what more can we do to promote the profession and our professionalism. Over the last decade we have defined new entry routes into archaeology and set out the career structures and competence requirements for professional archaeologists, but how can we maximise these to attract new, and diverse, talent and promote the value and quality of the work we do? Where can we further develop and reinforce the standards and good practice championed by the Institute to ensure we consistently understand and meet our professional obligation to deliver public benefit? And how, as a profession, can we better equip ourselves with the ethical and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours required in a changing, and challenging, environment? None of these are new concepts, but ones that we must all engage with.

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    • 26 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM (ADT)

    2020 Register for Professional Archaeologist  

    Continuing Professional Education Course

    Digital Data Preservation, Access, and Reuse: Using tDAR for CRM and Research

    Rachel Fernandez

    Christopher Nicholson

    Educational Focus

    In the past 20 years, archaeology fieldwork, lab processing, and analysis has changed dramatically, driven primarily by developments in technology, computing and the internet. The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is one of the tools that can help you archive, integrate, and successfully analyze your data in this changing environment. We view the files archived in tDAR as DATA – and our aim is to encourage the use of these digital collections (data sets, reports, GIS data, images, etc.) to further your research. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview, as well as, specific examples of the ways you can use tDAR to enhance your research.

    Expert Instructors

    Rachel Fernandez is the Senior Digital Curator at the Center for Digital Antiquity in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Rachel has a Master of Art’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Colorado.

    Christopher Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Antiquity in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  Christopher has PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming.

    Lack of Commercialism

    Instructional materials consist documentation and use of the tDAR website (www.tdar.org). The website is used as the interface for the digital repository, which is comprised of archaeological information and data.  The website, along with modules prepared by the instructors, are uniquely qualified to facilitate the programs learning objectives.


    There are no course prerequisites and we certify that the program is open to all eligible RPAs.  Participants must bring a laptop and an archaeological data set or document file (such as a report, dissertation, dataset, etc.) to upload to tDAR as part of the workshop. Participants will receive a voucher for 5 free file uploads (a $50.00 value).

    CPE Credit

    The program consists of one, 2-hour course. The course is designed for 25 attendees (maximum).


    Digital Antiquity staff will send to the RPA business office the names of RPAs that successfully completed the program, along with copies of original attendance logs and detailed participant evaluations.

    For more information, contact: Christopher.M.Nicholson@asu.edu
    • 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 

    • 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. 

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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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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.

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*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

Email: info@rpanet.org

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