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Announcements by the Department of Archaeology

The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts – knapping session

In the opening class of ARCH8517 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts, we were fortunate enough to have Eirik Thorsgaard, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon, and a PhD student at Flinders, demonstrate the principles of knapping.  Everyone stood around (in goggles of course!), spellbound as Eirik reduced cores into bifaces and other retouched artefact types.

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Archaeology of Australian Stone Tools – end of year test

On Monday 26th August, students in ARCH8517 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Tools completed their practical test.  The test involved identifying specific features on flaked stone tools, as well as recording 17 different attributes on a number of artefacts.  After everyone had finished, we celebrated the end of semester with drinks and snacks.  Above:  Vicky Baylem and Rani Attwood concentrate on their artefacts, not at all put off by Dr Alice Gorman hovering around them with a camera.

“And the backed blade was THIS big!”.  Rita Kucera demonstrates to students (from left to right) Anastasia Tsimourtos, Karen Alexander, Robin Coles and Marie Butler.  Emma Young and Autumn Wright are in the background.

Nuptials in the archaeology world

The recent wedding of our beloved maritime archaeology lecturer, Ms Jennifer McKinnon, to the elegant Jason Raupp in Louisiana.  Congratulations, Jen and Jason!

Innovative teaching in Island Archaeology Master Class

Duncan Wright presented a Master Class on island archaeology in Australia and the Pacific on Friday 28th August. Students had to create an island society as the class progressed, using playdough, and this was the result!

In the picture, from left to right, are Karen Alexander, Megan Berry, Amirul Affifudin, Matthew Harder and Karolyn Gauvin.

Dr Lynley Wallis honoured with prestigious teaching award

Our very own Lynley Wallis received an award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council on Monday 3rd August, for “leadership and innovation in developing an outstanding graduate training programme in archaeology and cultural heritage management to produce industry-ready graduates.

Since joining the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University in 2005, Dr Wallis has been a dedicated teacher who captures the interest and imagination of students through her enthusiasm and passion for her discipline. She has been instrumental in creating a unique training program that has proven conclusively to be the leading provider of graduate education in these fields nationally, effecting a paradigm shift in the ways archaeology is taught in Australia”.

Congratulations, Lynley!

(Quote taken from Lynley’s citation).