Peter Christopher talking about Australian Shipwrecks
Where: The Box Factory Community Centre, Adelaide, on Friday 19th November from 6.30 pm.
SUHR’s AGM and Christmas Party (and a sad farewell to Sam Bell and Matt Hanks!)
Where: The Box Factory community Centre on Monday 6th December from 6 pm.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the lecture and AGM!
Drinks and light refreshment will be provided.
For more information contact
Snap … Snap … Snap
Wow – All you guys sure have been busy!
A great range of archaeological shots were emailed into our Departmental Photographic Scale Competition and wow – we were very impressed!
It’s great to see that our international field schools excite you all and that your photos show this!
So, it makes sense that most of the photos sent in came from recent Flinders Archaeology field schools and field work – like; ARCH8516 Advanced Field School to Chile, the ARCH3306/ARCH8306 Burra Field School and the ARCH8109B Advanced Maritime Practicum in Saipan.
Great to also see that some shots came in from a few consulting archaeologists.
But with every competition, there always has to be a winner. So … congratulations go to Elizabeth Hartnell.
Her winning shot was taken whilst in the field at Plumbago Station, northern South Australia.
Just remember, when taking an archaeological photo you should:
- Keep the feature in focus.
- Keep the scale in focus when taking close ups.
- When using a photographic scale, ensure that the whole scale is within the frame.
- Keep the horizon level.
- Use a clean and tidy photographic scale.
- Preserve the site … don’t stick or poke your scale and/or camera just anywhere!
Keep snapping away and if you have any questions about artefact and site photography, come in and see the Archaeology Technical Officers (SSS143).
|John Hayward: the crowning moment.
On Monday 25th October, Heidi Pitman and John Hayward had the usual run of printing problems, lack of sleep and stress to get their honours theses to the department on time. John’s thesis was an analysis of the concept of the “toolkit” in Australian lithics, using collections in the South Australian Museum, while Heidi investigated the use of spinifex resin through ethnography and museum collections. Congratulations to both of them! Expect to see their abstracts in Australian Archaeology soon, and when examination is complete, the theses will be available on the Flinders University Department of Archaeology website.
Thank you to all of my intrepid students who finish up their ARCH8307 “Introductory Archaeological Geophysics” topic this afternoon by presenting the data they have collected from the historic Meadows Wesleyan cemetery in the Adelaide Hills. The students, split in two groups entitled “The A Team” and “The Sextons”, collected, processed and interpreted ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction and magnetometer data to try to locate the foundations of the former church and some of the more than 50 unmarked burials know the exist within this cemetery. Students also were fortunate to be able to assist Flinders PhD candidate Martin Wimmer by searching for an air raid shelter in Souter Park, Goodwood. The investigations are still a bit inconclusive, but our preliminary interpretation is that a feature did exist on this site however any material used for it’s construction has now been removed.
|Dr Keryn Walshe explains a tool to Jon, Veronica, Matthew and Adi
On August 24th, the ARCH8517 class visited the South Australian Museum’s storage facility in Hindmarsh. We looked at Gallus’ lithic collections from Koonalda Cave; and a box of material shipped by Norman Tindale from the US when he returned. Dr Keryn Walshe explained different aspects of the collections, and showed the class a range of classic tool types. Then, working in pairs, students looked at small collections donated to the museum by various people known and unknown. Using both geological and typological reference collections, and the sparse and sometimes curious information that accompanied the artefacts, they had to identify the raw materials, technology and typology.