By Josh Jones, Maddy McAllister and Danielle Wilkinson (MMA Students)
Three Flinders Maritime Archaeology students volunteered for the Society of Underwater and Historical Research (SUHR) in a joint effort with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) to survey the historic shipwrecks around the Yorke Peninsula and the Investigator Strait. The SUHR team focused on the historic wrecks Ethel and Ferret, which are located on Ethel Beach in Innes National Park, while the DENR team performed dive oriented surveys and site assessments. The SUHR members that volunteered from Flinders included Joshua Jones, Maddy McAllister and Danielle Wilkinson, and the team was lead by Britt Burton. The DENR survey team included Shea Cameron, Amer Khan, Julie Mushynsky and Ross Cole. The survey was hampered by the ever-changing weather, which ranged from sun and clear skies to fifty-knot winds and horizontal rain. DENR conducted their surveys over a two-week period, which allowed sufficient time to perform their surveys during fair weather. SUHR on the other hand, only had one day to complete their survey, which happened to be on a day when the weather was tempestuous.
Anchor of Ethel. Courtesy of Joshua Jones, 2011. Continue reading
No, it wasn’t an exam, it was an in-class test …… but still, graduate students in ARCH8517 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts had to have their lithic thinking caps on, to identify and record the key features of a set of previously unseen artefacts last week for the final class in this topic. An unofficial part of the test was to compose a limerick on the subject of lithics (not marked of course). Here are some highlights.
|From left to right: Teagan Miller, Adi Saunders, Clare von Maltzahn and Claire Keating
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.
Our intrepid Technical Officer Louise Holt sends these pictures from the Chile Field School. She reports that the food is good, and the Chilean wine is great.
The final major individual project I undertook at the Mitcham Heritage Research Centre was to re-design and update the local history webpages. Maggy and I had been discussing the need for a website for the Centre ever since I began my placement, however it was the move from the old school house to the old police station that really promted the project. We agreed that with a bigger, better premesis the Centre now needed bigger, better promotion and exposure to the local community. Continue reading