Thanks to all who arrived with enthusiasm at the Graduate Programs in Archaeology and CHM presentation night on Friday. With plenty of food and drink, the night went off without any problems and knowledge was to be gained by all. The presentations were all different in topics which made the night more interesting. The questions were not as scary as they could have been and some intriguing concepts were presented. The idea of weight balanced spear throwers is something I had not considered, and as suggested, some places have harsher environments that require specific use of the spear thrower. I felt form was a good way of comparing the adult ones to the toys as I previously had no knowledge of spear throwers and thought there may have been differences. There is not. In fact, the whole process was rewarding as I had no knowledge of Indigenous children and play, nor on spear throwers. Thanks to my fellow directed study peers, Alice Gorman and Dr Keryn Walshe.
Digitization Options for Flinders Field Schools
A Seminar Series Presentation by Amer Khan
Yesterday I attended the second presentation in the Archaeology Seminar Series. It was a presentation by Amer Khan of Flinders University discussing a digitization project he has been working on over the past couple of months with Flinders students James Sprott, Steven Lake, Massi Secci and Jacky Chen. Together they are working toward the creation of a web accessible digital database of information collected during maritime archaeological field schools. Though the project is still new, it is easy to envision it in full swing and imagine the possibilities that lie in the future.
Essentially the project will digitize data collected during field schools (at this point maritime archaeological field schools – though it has the potential to be applied to terrestrial archaeological field schools many others) such as site maps, site descriptions, reports etc. This will leave the data together in an easily accessible place, saving time for those who need to access it for future research and providing a place for the public and see what we are doing at Flinders field schools. As Amer mentioned, it will also likely be of interest to potential Flinders students who would like see the type of field opportunities available at the university. I found Amer’s presentation to be very interesting and look forward to seeing the outcome of the project when it is fully up and running.
Who: A mish-mash of archaeology students and supervisors, both home-grown and interstate recruits
What: 10 windblown days of surveying, excavating, sieving, sorting, analysing, recording, examining, interpreting
Where: Tirringie, about 45 km from Meningie in the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray River region of South Australia
When: 15-25 February 2009
In mid-February 09, a group of intrepid archaeologists (and archaeologists-in-training) braved the harsh and often-gruelling conditions (aka home-made cookies, spa baths and trashy tv shows) to spend 2 weeks at the Coorong working with Ngarrindjeri community members to survey, record, excavation, investigate and rehabilitate a culturally important Old People’s burial site. Continue reading
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
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.