|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.
All archaeologists need a basic understanding of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the federal legislation that was passed in 1990. This two-hour online seminar will provide participants with a brief overview of the legislative history of NAGPRA and its historical context; a comprehensive guide to who must comply with the law, who has standing, and what items are covered; and an overview of the compliance processes.
January 25, 2017 2:00-4:00pm ET
Orphaned collections affect every sector of archaeology. This seminar will provide guidance for working through the process of remedying orphaned collections by offering a framework by which to understand what they are and how they became orphaned, so as to prevent similar circumstances in the future. A resource guide is offered to participants, outlining specific criteria and procedures for determining appropriate methods to resolve issues associated with orphaned collections. This seminar will be beneficial for students nearing graduation, CRM employees, academics, and government personnel.
February 2, 2017 2:00-4:00pm ET
This seminar is intended for faculty who would like to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to utilize existing collections for research; students and researchers who are interested in learning more about how to find existing collections and incorporate them into their work; and personnel who work in museums, university repositories, and other curatorial facilities where the mission is focused on research, outreach, and exhibition. The three main goals of the seminar are to:
February 15, 2017, 3pm-4pm ET
Free to individual SAA members - Registration will open approximately two weeks prior.
This 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:
The seminar will conclude with a brief discussion of the legal standards for expert witness testimony and the importance of qualifications necessary to meet these standards.
April 18, 2017, 2pm-4pm ET
Addressing Orphaned Collections: A Practical Approach
This two-hour online seminar is intended for students who are nearing graduation, entering the
Working With Metal Detectorists: Citizen Science at historic Montpelier and Engaging a New Constituency
The goals of this one hour, online seminar are to discuss the practical and conceptual benefits of working with the metal detecting community. The practical include the use of metal detectorists in efficiently locating sites, obtaining site information from folks that have metal detected in areas, and using the local metal detecting community to spread the word about site protection of a particular area or set of sites. The conceptual include engaging a constituency that is an easy and useful target for understanding the benefits of site preservation. After taking the online seminar, participants will: 1) Understand the benefits of metal detector survey using experienced detectorists; 2) know how to practically engage with metal detectorists; and 3) will know the pros and cons of such interactions.
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Using R Statistical Computing Language for Archaeological Analysis
The goal of this 2- hour online seminar is to introduce archaeologists to the benefits of using the statistical coding language R in various levels of field work and analysis. R is a very powerful free, open-source, and extensible coding language that has gained tremendous popularity in many scientific and humanities fields. This seminar will focus on introducing the capabilities of R, a brief run through the language syntax and conventions, provide an over view of the available packages, and review a number of real world applications. This seminar is intended for at least three different audiences: 1) students looking to get some insight into new techniques to help their research; 2) professionals who are new to coding, but want to see what it has to offer their work; and 3) those with some coding experience who want to see the benefits of a new language or new examples in a language in which they are familiar.
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Yes you CAN do that! Creative Mitigation and Section 106 Undertakings.
Tired of doing the same old "dig, document, destroy" and sending the artifacts from an archaeological data recovery to a curatorial prison where they will never to see the light of day again? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that doing yet another expensive HABS/HAER recording of yet another bridge or other historic structure might not be the best use of the public's money? Want to do more to showcase the importance and value of our nation's cultural resources? Want to ensure that the public who pays for federally-funded and mandated cultural resource work actually benefits from these investigations? Then, this on-line seminar is for you! The instructors will examine how the Section 106 process allows for great flexibility in designing measures to resolve adverse effects on significant archaeological and other historic properties. They will also provide examples of "creative mitigation" that result in a better historic preservation pay-off for our nation's heritage and the American public.
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This course is designed for current and potential future cultural resource managers, private sector cultural resource firms, and agency personnel.
Geophysical Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Overview and Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users, Teachers, and Consumers
This two-hour, online seminar will provide a basic understanding of how to (1) collect, (2)process, and (3) interpret geophysical data from the three main instruments used by archaeologists: magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar, and electrical resistance meters. An emphasis will be placed on doing this with an archaeologist’s eye to understanding the archaeological record.
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Advanced Archaeological Digital Data Management
This two-hour SAA online seminar will explore the practical aspects of good data management: how to organize materials during the life of a project, tools and methods that they can integrate into their existing projects and workflows to ensure data is prepared preservation and accessibility once a project is complete. The course can be taken as a follow up from the Introduction to Archaeological Digital Data Management or can be taken as a standalone course. The intended seminar audience includes archaeological project managers, PIs, curators and researchers. Archaeologists working in CRM, government agency, and academic portions of the profession will find the information provided relevant and of use in their day-to-day and longer-term professional activities. Any archaeologist or related professional who works with digital archaeological information will benefit from the course.
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Archaeological Applications of Airborne Laser Scanning
Airborne Laser scanning (ALS, also known as lidar or LiDAR) is an active remote sensing technology used to create detailed and accurate 3D models of the earth’s surface and objects on it over extensive areas. This two-hour SAA online seminar aims to promote the use of ALS within archaeology by providing an overview of the technology, its potential applications in research and management, and examples of successful projects.
Forensic Archaeology to Maximize Evidence Recovery
This two-day class (14 credit hours) by The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education will introduce attendees to the array of techniques that archaeology has to offer to homicide investigation. Participants will take part in a field exercise that will simulate the recovery of human remains using archaeological techniques that will maximize evidence recovery at outdoor crime scenes. Click here to learn more.
Underwater Cultural Heritage Awareness Workshop
This series of interactive lectures, developed by the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), is designed to introduce non-specialists to issues specific to underwater archaeology.
This workshop is offered annually as a full-day training event at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology. The workshop consists of a series of interactive lectures provided by the members of the ACUA Board of Directors. All participants receive an informational CD with presentation notes, supporting legislation and contacts, and referrals related to the workshop lectures.
Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA)
Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA) will present its fifth class offering, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 24-26, 2015. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be our 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.
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.
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.
SRI Foundation Offers Two RPA-Certified Programs
The SRI Foundation is proud to offer two recurring courses, both of which have been certified by the RPA: