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RPA-Certified CPE Courses

 

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

For a complete listing of RPA-Certified CPE Programs, please visit the Certified CPE Programs Archive.

 


 

Newer Developments in Technologies for the Measurement of Form and Space in Archaeology: Part I

 

September 27, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT

 

More than 60 years ago, Gordon Willey famously stated that the objectives of archaeology are “approached by the study and manipulation of three basic factors: form, space and time.” Since then, we have seen the huge impact that improved technologies for the measurement of time have had on the field. We are currently in the midst of a similar revolution in the methods for the measurement of space and form. This lecture updates one first offered by SAA in 2014 and is designed as a state-of-the-art introduction to these developments, specifically for archaeology students. 

 

As a two-part series, Part I of this course provides an accessible review of such methods as high-resolution GNSS, “laser scanning,” close range photogrammetry, and related methods for the measurement of space and form of landscapes, sites, structures, and objects.

 

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Photogrammetry for Archaeology

 

October 10, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm EDT

 

Photogrammetry is a powerful tool for quickly recording large and complex archaeological features as well as artifacts with a very high degree of accuracy. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the use of structure-from-motion technology in archaeology including software, equipment, and overall workflow for creating and sharing 3D models. The class will discuss the importance of following best practices for data capture and processing, as well as for creating metadata and archiving associated project materials.  Participants will also learn about available resources for finding equipment, software, training, and trouble shooting.

 

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Experimental Archaeology: Context, Design, and Impact

 

November 15, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm EST

 

This seminar will focus on designing experimental research to test hypotheses by replicating cultural or past processes. It will highlight the importance of being informed of past experimental research and other archaeological research, the importance of developing experiments in a suitable manner, and making data available and usable to colleagues in order to increase the impact of experimental research. It will also cover experimental archaeology’s historical context, key concepts, and its relationship to experiential research and to interpretation.

The seminar is suitable for researchers, students, and museum professionals who are new to experimental archaeology, or who have not received formal training, and who are interested in including this method in their work. People familiar with experimental archaeology who want to increase the impact of their work by learning about new ways to make data more widely available and who want to learn more about work being conducted by EXARC and its members will also benefit from the seminar.

 

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Integrating Drones into Archaeological Fieldwork

 

November 28, 2018 from 12:00 - 2:00pm EST

 

This course is designed to provide basic information on the use of drones in archaeological mapping and other field contexts. Instructors will explore some of the variables that have to be considered in the planning, pre-flight, flight, and post-processing stages involved in the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems. This course will also provide important information regarding the legal use of drones in accordance with associated federal regulations.

 

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Newer Developments in Technologies for the Measurement of Form and Space in Archaeology: Part II

 

December 6, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00pm EST


More than 60 years ago, Gordon Willey famously stated that the objectives of archaeology are “approached by the study and manipulation of three basic factors: form, space and time.” Since then, we have seen the huge impact that improved technologies for the measurement of time have had on the field. We are currently in the midst of a similar revolution in the methods for the measurement of space and form. This lecture updates one first offered by SAA in 2014 and is designed as a state-of-the-art introduction to these developments, specifically for archaeology students.

 

 As a two-part series, Part II of this course examines analysis, display, and dissemination of High-Density Survey and Measurement (HDSM) data. Building on Part I, this lecture also provides further considerations and strategies for choosing the “best” approach in using these technologies.

 

Completing Part I of this course is not a requirement, but it is encouraged. It will be available to members in the SAA Online Seminar Series archive after September 27.

 

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Forensic Archaeology: Theory and Practice


December 11, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00pm EST

 

This two-hour seminar will introduce participants to the intersection of archaeological and forensic methods and techniques.  Through this course, participants will learn the ways that archaeology can provide standards of best practice for crime scene investigation. Participants will become familiar with both the theory behind forensic archaeology as well as the methods that distinguish it from other forms of archaeology.  Finally, the seminar will discuss the forensic recovery of human remains using archaeological techniques in order to maximize evidence recovery at outdoor crime scenes.

 

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