Resource Training

STC Training programs

STC offers Heritage Resource Training, Archaeological and Paleontological Specimen Identification, Field Methods Training, and Native American Monitor Training modules and seminars.

STC training staff has prepared a full range of training modules suitable for a variety of audiences.We will meet with you to identify appropriate and meaningful training modules and materials tailored to your office or program needs. Based on these discussions, we will supply originals of proposed training materials for your review and approval. Based on your instructions we will send you binder modules and training  materials in electronic form for your distribution or if needed we will bring full training materials including binders, packets, modules, a projector and screen, laptop and multi-media presentations tailored to your educational needs.

STC training staff has taught in university settings and acquired extensive experience developing and presenting training programs to a variety of audiences including Native American, private, federal, state, and local planning and construction staff. STC training staff attends regular in-service training seminars in order to track changes in federal and state law, regulation, policy, and common practice likely to impact your personnel and compliance efforts.

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Typical Training Modules

Survey and Excavation Field Skills Module. Basic field skills for archaeological survey and excavation will be described, demonstrated, and practiced using hands‐on examples, including compass, map reading, GPS data logging, records and record‐keeping. Typical excavation and screening methods. Artifact identification and flint-knapping demonstration.

Regional Archaeology Module. The state of knowledge and limitations of the discipline’s understanding of the ancient plants, animals, and prehistory in your region. Typical projects.

Native American Monitor/Participants Roles and Responsibilities Module. Typical job descriptions (survey, construction monitoring, excavation monitoring). Skills and training opportunities. Communication protocols, authorities and responsibilities. Places in the process where monitors can be most effective tracking progress and providing quality control feedback. Recommended field equipment. Suggestions for daily note keeping. Typical pay and per diem.

Law, Regulation, Policy, and Common Practice Module (Federal and State). Compliance process as it occurs in typical undertakings. Inventory and types of resource. Treatment of known and unanticipated resources. Legal and respectful treatment of sites, artifacts, and samples in keeping with provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, Archaeological Resource Protection Act, and common ethical standards.

NAGPRA and CalNAGPRA Module. This module will cover NAGPRA versus CalNAGPRA regulations, Unanticipated Discovery Plans, and Pre‐field Agreements. Further clarification of common archaeological practice and Native American monitor/participant roles and responsibilities.