Past Seminars

The 3D Printed Past

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The 3D Printed Past

When: November 15, 2017 3:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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Dr. Bernard K. Means founded the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in August 2011 with a Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management funded-project to explore the applications of three-dimensional (3D) scanning technology to archaeology. A selection of the 3D models created over the past 6 years can be found at: http://Sketchfab.com/virtualcurationlab. He and his team of undergraduate VCU students soon began to dedicate their efforts to applications of 3D printing to archaeology, including in the realms of research, teaching, and especially public archaeology.

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is increasingly infiltrating all aspects of society, from manufacturing and medicine to STEM education on K-12 levels. This seminar will explore the basics of 3D printing and how archaeologists can integrate 3D models and printed materials into the different facets of their discipline, from the field to the laboratory, and into the classroom and the museum. Particular attention will be paid to the following areas:

  • How digital 3D models enhance identification of artifacts and ecofacts in the field and laboratory over 2D drawings or photographs.
  • How 3D printed replicas expand opportunities for teaching and research at all levels of education, but especially for undergraduate teaching.
  • How 3D printed replicas can be incorporated into public outreach programs, maximizing access to the past, while minimizing risks to fragile heritage.
  • How 3D printed replicas can be integrated into museum exhibits to create a more interactive and tactile element.
The 3D printed past is not something from the far-off archaeology future, but should be seen as very much a part of the archaeological present.

 

The overarching goal of this one-hour seminar is to show how 3D printing can expand archaeology pedagogy (including teaching in under-resourced schools), research, and particularly engagement with the public.


Teaching Curation: A Guide to Developing a New, Stand-Alone Course or Integrating Curation into an Existing One

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Teaching Curation: A Guide to Developing a New, Stand-Alone Course or Integrating Curation into an Existing One

When: November 02, 2017 2:00-3:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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In 2017, Danielle Benden launched Driftless Pathways, LLC, a museum consulting business. As owner of Driftless Pathways, she develops collections assessments, provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies. She has taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses at the university level for over ten years. In addition, Ms. Benden has instructed a variety of professional development trainings including SAA online seminars for archaeologists, and tailored curatorial programs for small museum staff. She has more than 15 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, ten of which have been directing field projects. She received a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Science in Museum and Field Studies with an archaeology emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She served as the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2016.

She is the current Chair of SAA’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation and serves on the Archaeological Collections Consortium. This work puts her at the forefront of the most current issues involving archaeological curation.
This one-hour online seminar is intended for faculty who are interested in (1) developing a new, stand-alone archaeological curation and/or collections management course or (2) integrating topics of curation into existing curriculum.
  1. Provide faculty with a guide for creating a new, stand-alone course focused on archaeological curation or integrating curation into existing curriculum.
  2. Offer participants pathways for developing the course description, content, objectives, and reading list.
  3. Recommend strategies for determining which option is best (new course vs. integrating into existing curriculum).

Archaeological Application of Terrestrial Laser Scanning

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Archaeological Application of Terrestrial Laser Scanning

When: October 26, 2017 2:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

Individual Registration: $99 for SAA members; $139 for non-members

Group Registration: $139 for SAA members; $179 for non-members


Malcolm Williamson is a Research Associate with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST). He has been using mid- to long-range terrestrial laser scanners for heritage, architectural, and geological applications for over a dozen years. Williamson has worked on five continents at major sites such as Machu Picchu, Amarna, and Petra. In addition, he has project and teaching experience in airborne LiDAR and photogrammetry and has contributed to the development of laser scanning metadata “best practices”. As CAST’s projects have a broad variety of objectives and range from simple visualization to temporal documentation, to object extraction and classification, Williamson is well positioned to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of laser scanning compared to alternative approaches for a wide range of applications.
Terrestrial laser scanning is becoming cheaper, smaller, faster, and more common. Is it the right technology for your project? Terrestrial laser scanning has become reasonably commonplace in archaeology, yet many potential users (and even current users) are not comfortable in determining the best applications and most efficient workflows for this technology. This two-hour seminar will provide enough background information and practical tips to enable participants to better evaluate and apply laser scanning to their work. The seminar will provide a starting point for beginners and help experienced users feel more confident in their decisions.
  1. Better assess terrestrial laser scanning’s applicability to their needs;
  2. Become familiar with the current state-of-the-art technologies;
  3. Compare terrestrial laser scanning to alternative/complementary technologies; and
  4. Learn efficient workflows and practices.

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management: What You Need to Know but Never Learned in School

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Archaeological Curation and Collections Management: What You Need to Know but Never Learned in School

When: October 12, 2017 2:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Pricing

Individual Registration:  $99 for SAA members; $139 for non-members

Group Registration: $139 for SAA members; $179 for non-members


In 2017, Danielle Benden launched Driftless Pathways, LLC, a museum consulting business.  As owner of Driftless Pathways, she develops collections assessments, provides guidance on collections planning and rehabilitation projects, and offers professional development training for small museums and historical societies.  She has taught Archaeological Curation and Field Methods courses at the university level for over ten years. In addition, Ms. Benden has instructed a variety of professional development trainings including SAA online seminars for archaeologists, and tailored curatorial programs for small museum staff. She has more than 15 years of archaeological fieldwork experience, ten of which have been directing field projects.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Science in Museum and Field Studies with an archaeology emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She served as the Senior Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007-2016.

She is the current Chair of SAA’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation and serves on the Archaeological Collections Consortium. This work puts her at the forefront of the most current issues involving archaeological curation.
This two-hour online seminar is intended for students who have never taken a course in archaeological collections management. It will be specifically useful for those with no formal collections management training, who are nearing graduation and about to enter the professional world of archaeology; and students majoring in anthropology who are considering a career focused on managing and/or caring for archaeological collections.
  1. Provide attendees with an overview of preventive conservation; collections management policies and procedures; and the tasks associated with managing archaeological collections.
  2. Teach participants about their roles and responsibilities as they relate to archaeological collections, to ensure that curation is effectively considered at each stage of the archaeological process.
  3. Offer solutions and resources that participants can refer to as they encounter different collections management scenarios.

Charging the Hill: A Guide to Survival

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Charging the Hill: A Guide to Survival

When: October 04, 2017 3:00-4:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Certification: Not RPA-certified


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Individual Registration: Free to SAA members; not available to non-members

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John Brimsek is a volunteer with experience on and off Capitol Hill. He began his career working for a governor after college in 1972. He later worked in the US Senate and US House of Representatives. He has had a law/government relations practice in Washington, DC since 1989. For a total of 45 years of experience, Mr. Brimsek has been on both sides of the advocacy process.
American political parties have become more partisan lately. There are fewer and fewer moderates in Congress. However, agreement is possible and Senators and Representatives do listen to their constituents and national organizations. There are critical issues facing archaeology in the next few years. It is more important than ever for archaeologists to advocate now, during next year’s SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and thereafter. This seminar will include a brief review of American civics. It will describe steps that archaeologists can take to engage in the political process. SAA consists of highly experienced members who are passionate about the field and its importance to society. This course will help direct that passion into mobilized efforts to make a difference.
  1. Prepare participants to advocate on behalf of issues of concern to archaeologists to American Senators, Representatives, and regional or local Federal department and agency offices,
  2. Describe the systems and structure of Congressional offices; and
  3. Direct participants to the resources that SAA provides, such as talking-points and alerts about upcoming legislation.