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Announcements by the Department of Archaeology

Archaeology engaged: Claire Smith’s seminar on the Northern Territory Intervention

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the first seminar of the weekly Department seminar series. The seminar titled Archaeology engaged: the Northern Territory Emergency Response was delivered by Claire Smith and was in my opinion probably one of the most personal and in that sense powerful lectures I’ve ever attended. While the lecture briefly touched on archaeology it should be said that the lecture was based more on the impact the NT National Emergency had on the Barunga Wugullar community in the Northern Territory, just one of the communities which were affected by the intervention.

The seminar addressed the different perceptions and outcomes of the intervention often negative but sometimes positive and because of Claire’s ongoing work with the community, the seminar was able to provide a more personal view of the intervention which is often so rarely discussed anymore. This seminar also demonstrated how interpersonal relationships develop in archaeology and it is often impossible to separate yourself from what may be happening.

Graduate students at the awards ceremony, Friday 27th February


Amirul Affifudin, runner-up for the Australian Cultural Heritage Management Graduate Prize, receives his award from Dave Mott, Director of ACHM.


Michael Field looks slightly surprised as he receives the Excellence in Field Practice Prize from Dr Lynley Wallis.


Rui Laranjeira accepting the Graduate Program Staff Encouragement Prize from the winged Dr Alice Gorman


Kylie Lower, runner-up for the Graduate Student Archaeology Prize, beams as she shakes Dr Heather Burke’s hand.


But wait, there’s more! Clare von Maltzahn receives the Graduate Student Archaeology Prize from Dr Heather Burke.

And finally – Jenna Randell, the recipient of the ACHM Graduate Student Cultural Heritage Management Prize, makes Dave Mott blush with pride.

Photographs courtesy of Debra Robertson and James Bateman

Graduate students receive recognition for their outstanding work

On Friday the 27th of February, a number of Flinders University students in the Graduate Programmes in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management received awards for their achievements. The ceremony was attended by staff, students, family, friends, the Executive Dean of Education, Theology, Humanities and Law Professor Faith Trent AM, the Dean of the School of Humanities Professor Graham Tulloch, and a number of our Industry Partners (Collections Council of Australia, Comber Consultants, Australian Cultural Heritage Management, the Cultural Heritage Branch of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation). The Flinders University Archaeology Society put on an excellent BBQ, ably assisted by Academic Administrator Kitty Sutcliffe, and a good time was had by all!

Award winners were:
Kellie Clayton – The Ecophyte Technologies Archaeological Geophysics Prize
Amirul Affifudin – Runner up, Australian Cultural Heritage Management Graduate Prize
Emily Bower – Runner up, Australian Cultural Heritage Management Graduate Prize
Michael Field – Excellence in Field Practice Prize
Rui Laranjeira – Graduate Program Staff Encouragement Prize
Clare von Maltzahn – Graduate Student Archaeology Prize
Kylie Lower – Runner up, Graduate Student Archaeology Prize
Jenna Randell – The ACHM Graduate Student Cultural Heritage Management Prize

The Department would like thank Australian Cultural Heritage Management and Ecophyte Technologies for their generous sponsorship of graduate prizes.

Stay tuned for photographs of the event.