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About Flinders Archaeological Society

As the archaeological society of Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, we aim to provide a variety of opportunities for students to help in their endeavours as future archaeologists.

Welcome to the 2014 Committee

The Executive and General Committees for 2014 are:

Executive Committee

President: Brad Guadagnin

Vice President: Dianne Riley

Secretary: Bradley Kerr

Treasurer: Amber Millikan

General Committee

Publications Editor: Jana Rogasch

Public Relations Officer: Adeena Fowke

Social Coordinator:  Kahlia Pearce

Membership Officer: Chelsea Wiseman

Risk Advisor: Drew Jackson

General Representative: Anthea Vella

General Representative: Rick Hunt

General Representative: Vanessa Sullivan

General Representative: Celeste Jordan

General Representative: Owen Hems

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Recipients of ArchSoc’s 2013 Awards

ArchSoc announced the recipients of the 2013 awards at the Department of Archaeology’s award ceremony earlier in the year. The recipients of the awards are as follows:

The ArchSoc Andrew Allen-Farr Award

The Andrew Allen-Farr Award is presented annually to the ArchSoc member who made the most outstanding contribution to ArchSoc in the award year and demonstrated the qualities that distinguished Andrew Allen-Farr, namely:

• A positive commitment to archaeology;
• The ability to further the public awareness of archaeology in this state in a friendly and forthright manner
• An outstanding amount of time and effort freely contributed to the Archaeological Society as well as archaeology in general; and
• A commitment to improving the university experience of fellow students.

The recipient of the Andrew Allen-Farr award for 2013 is Dianne Riley.

Dianne has shown an active interest in ArchSoc from 2011, when she first inquired about membership with the Society. She has since proven herself to be an extremely supportive and valuable member of ArchSoc, and as a committee member this year. She is arguably one of the Society’s most active members; willingly volunteering for different events and times when an active work body is needed (which is almost always the case). Consequently this has made her one of the Society’s most reliable members.

Dianne volunteered her time at most, if not all Archaeology Department seminars, including public seminars by shopping for food and drinks to serve to guests AND hanging around to clean up afterwards. This in itself is no mean feat. As mentioned in the introduction, Dianne has volunteered her time to help others organise a great deal of things, including (but not limited to): the policy and constitution subcommittee, organising seminar catering, NAW events, field trip to Belair National Park, ArchSoc’s 21st Birthday Party, most of ArchSoc’s fundraising events, such as bake sales and stalls at O Weeks, Open Days and Club Fair Days.

In archaeology in general, she constantly volunteers and gets involved with field work and research opportunities related to the discipline, including travelling overseas earlier in the year for an ongoing project being conducted in Italy. All the while, she constantly considers ArchSoc and tries to promote the Society positively to colleagues and passers-by.

Dianne has also done a tremendous job as ArchSoc’s membership officer in maintaining the Society’s membership database. ArchSoc’s large, and constantly growing member base requires a large amount of time and effort in ensuring that the records are kept updated and all necessary details are available – these records are not only important for the Society to retain for references (Dig It mailout, statistics, etc.), but also as a requirement for FUSA with whom the Society is affiliated.

Dianne is a caring, positive, proactive, generous and thoughtful person who has given so much of her time and energy to the Society this year. All of the events Dianne has been involved with this year had the aim of improving the university experience for ArchSoc and in saying that, everything that Dianne has done in terms of those events has been in an effort to improve the University experience of students.

The ArchSoc Members Award for Service to the Society

This award is presented to up to three ArchSoc members who demonstrated the greatest contribution to the Society in terms of volunteering, fundraising, advertising or otherwise furthering the objects of ArchSoc during the awarded year.

The recipients of the Members Award for 2013 are Celeste Jordan, Vanessa Sullivan and Tyler Whitmarsh.

The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice

The inaugural Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice will be presented prior to the Inaugural Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art. Nominations for this award are open and will close by COB Thursday 10th April.  More information, including the nomination form, can be found by clicking the link in the title above.

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Inaugural Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art, presented by Brian Fagan

The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art is to honour the lifetime commitments of Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw and his wife Dr Ruth Megaw to archaeology at Flinders University and to the Flinders University Art Museum. The establishment of the Megaw Lecture builds on the unique niche that the Department of Archaeology holds within Australian archaeology and promotes the unique collections of the Flinders University Art Museum.

Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw was appointed to Flinders University 1982 as a Lecturer in Visual Arts with a remit to introduce courses in prehistoric and ethnographic art. His accomplishments include five sequential ARC Large/Discovery Grants and devising a new Bachelor of Archaeology degree within a Department of Visual Arts and Archaeology. In 1996 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Visual Arts and Archaeology. Professor Megaw retired and was appointed Emeritus Professor at Flinders University in December 2002. In 2004 Vincent was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to the study of archaeology and Indigenous art.

Dr Ruth Megaw, who sadly died suddenly in July 2013, spent twenty-five years in collaborative publication with her husband. During their time at Flinders University they developed a joint interest in Indigenous Australian art while continuing to publish widely in the field of early Celtic art. While at Flinders University, Vincent and Ruth Megaw established a major collection of Aboriginal art, especially that from the Western Desert. Though she was never a permanent member of staff in the School of Humanities, Dr Megaw lectured in several topics in archaeology and art. The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual Lecture in Archaeology and Art is funded by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law and the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University.

Come, let me tell you a tale: Archaeology, Storytelling, and the Unperformed Play of the Past

Brian Fagan takes a look back at his long career, both as an African archaeologist and as an archaeological writer, and looks at the world of archaeology, past, present, and future.

What: Free public lecture to celebrate the careers and collaboration of Ruth and Vincent Megaw. The inaugural lecture in this annual event will be presented by Brian Fagan.

Where: Function Centre, Flinders University (map reference 30).

When: Saturday 12th April, 6pm-8pm.

RSVPs are essential: Email joy.tennant@flinders.edu.au by Tuesday the 8th of April.

The Flinders Archaeological Society will present the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice before the lecture, as well as provide drinks and nibbles afterwards.

Ruth and Vincent Megaw on the occasion of the publication of the second edition of their Celtic art from its beginnings to the Book of Kells. Photograph by Multimedia Unit, Flinders University, 2001.

Ruth and Vincent Megaw on the occasion of the publication of the second edition of their Celtic art from its beginnings to the Book of Kells. Photograph by Multimedia Unit, Flinders
University, 2001.

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Launch of Claire Smith’s Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

You are invited to the launch of the 11 volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology between 3pm and 5pm on Friday the 11th of April in the Flinders University Function Centre, Bedford Park (near carpark 5). Professor David Day Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Flinders University will launch the 11 volume encyclopaedia, which was edited by the Flinders University Archaeology Department’s Professor Claire Smith and published by Springer in 2014.

Light refreshments to follow, sponsored by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities and the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

More information about the EGA can be found here.

You can download the event flyer here: 2014_Book_Launch_Claire_Smith[1]

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Special General Meeting, 12th March 2014

The Flinders ArchSoc is holding a Special General Meeting on Wednesday the 12th of March at 5.30pm in Humanities Room 133. ArchSoc will be supplying pizza, beer, wine, juice and soft drink after the meeting.

We request the attendance of all Fee-paying, Associate and Life Members at this meeting. Please remember that all 2013 memberships will expire on the 31st of March this year. You can purchase 2014 membership for $15 from our O Week stall 24th-28th February on the plaza or online via flindersarchsoc.org. You can also join or re-join at the SGM.

Proxies

If you cannot attend the meeting, our Constitution states that you can nominate a proxy to attend, speak and vote on your behalf at general meetings and you can do that by filling out the attached form. Your vote will be added to the vote of your proxy. To nominate a proxy, fill out the attached form and email it back to me (Holly) at wint0108@flinders.edu.au. I will verify your membership and the membership of your proxy. Only Fee-paying, Associate and Life Members are eligible to vote and act as a proxy and proxies will only be accepted if I have received the form by noon Wednesday 12th March. If you would like to nominate a proxy, but are unsure of who to nominate, then choose someone from the committee, but make sure they are attending the meeting. Contacts can be found here.

Agenda

1.     Adopting changes to the constitution (proposed changes attached)
2.     Electing the new committee
3.     Sponsoring NASC
4.     Discussion about the exciting events and projects ArchSoc is organising for 2014 (and introduction to what ArchSoc is/does for the new students)

If anybody has other business to discuss, please make sure I have received it by 12 noon on Wednesday the 12th of March. Due to time limitations, items that have not been submitted by the deadline will not be discussed in this meeting. Similarly, if anyone would like to nominate themselves or a friend, please send me an email. There is no deadline for nominations as members can be nominated for positions during the meeting.

New Committee

We are looking for enthusiastic, proactive, positive current students to run for positions on the committee. General positions and responsibilities can be found here, under regulations for general committee. Executive positions and responsibilities can be found in our constitution here. Voting will be by secret ballot in the case of multiple persons running for the same position.

Available positions
Executive Committee:
·         President
·         Vice President
·         Secretary
·         Treasurer
General Committee:
·         Membership officer
·         Public relations officer
·         Risk adviser
·         Publications editor
·         Social coordinator
·         Up to 5 x general representatives

It is important for members to attend the meeting if possible so that we meet quorum. If you cannot attend, then please, nominate a proxy. I have also attached the proposed changes to the constitution for review before the SGM. We will only go through individual changes if requested at the meeting.​

Kind Regards,
Holly Winter
ArchSoc Secretary 2013

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Call for papers, Dig It: the Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society

Dear colleagues,

The editing committee of Dig It is delighted to invite undergrad and postgrad students and recent graduates from all around the world to submit a contribution for consideration in our 2014/1 edition, to appear in May 2014.

Dig It is a student-run journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society. The publication began in 1997 and after a hiatus of eight years, it was relaunched in 2012. The purpose of Dig It is to provide students, from undergrad through to postgrad and recent graduates, with the opportunity to practise and familiarise themselves with writing, publishing, editing and the reviewing process involved in professional publications. In addition, it aims to keep aspiring archaeologists connected and informed about what is happening in the archaeological community.

Dig It accepts original research articles, research essays, personal opinion pieces, book reviews and thesis abstracts. Details about the guidelines for contributors can be found here: http://flindersarchsoc.org/digit/guidelinesforcontributors/.

All contributions are reviewed by the editors and a panel of reviewers; however original research articles and essays additionally undergo a stricter and anonymous peer review process also involving external experts.

We welcome contributions from local, interstate and international undergrad and postgrad students and recent graduates. If you want to contribute a research article or essay to Dig It 2014/1, please send us an abstract of 200 words. For personal opinion pieces, book reviews and thesis abstracts, a more informal expressions of interest is sufficient.

The submission deadline for abstracts (for original research papers and essays) or expressions of interest (for other contributions) is 4th February 2014.

Both should be emailed to dig.it@flindersarchsoc.org. Please mind that when sending an abstract for a research article or essay, contributors must provide names and email addresses of three persons with expertise in the field the paper relates to, which can be contacted by the editors of Dig It about peer reviewing. Reviewers can be of any academic status, however students or recent graduates are preferred in agreement with the mission statement of Dig It as providing the opportunity for professional training to students.

The editing committee of Dig It will inform you about whether or not your contribution will be considered within three weeks after 4th February and advise you on the further production schedule.

Sincerely,

Jana Rogasch, editor

Matthew Ebbs, co-editor (academic reviews)

Antoinette Hennessy, co-editor (social)

Jordan Ralph, co-editor (layout and interviews)

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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Nine 2000

By Tristan Grainger

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At this time of year the Annual General Meeting is fast approaching, and so is your chance to nominate for life membership. In this addition from the Dig it Up archives, issue 9, 2002, the presidential address discuses life membership and the first voted life member, Vincent Megaw. Vincent was voted by everyone for his efforts not only with ArchSoc, but also for his contributions to the Archaeology department (Carver 2000:2).

However, this article demonstrates that it wasn’t always clear who would get life membership, particularly when it came to the President. Until 2002 the past presidents received life membership, and it wasn’t until this article that it was made clear that Greg Carver, the current president, would not necessarily receive this title, nor would future presidents. So, if you want someone to receive life membership, or any of the other recognition you better vote!

In addition to the presidential address, Gordon Copland outlines a brief history of ArchSoc. This piece reflects on the ten years since the first AGM on the 10th of March 1992, and the possible ways to celebrate 10 years (Copland 2000:19). Furthermore, Copland also discusses the past projects and achievements of past members, but you better get reading to find out what they were up to!

As ArchSoc is celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the article relates to where we are now, how we came to be. So buy a ticket, and come be a part of ArchSoc’s history!

References

Carver, G.  2000 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 9:2.

Copland, G.  2000 History, Hertory, Theirtory: Brief Background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 9:19-20.

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Presidential Address

Hi All

Well here it is the end of another university year, the first for some and last for others.

Firstly I would like to thank the current committee and all those who have helped out through the year. I would also like to congratulate and welcome the new committee headed by Lara and hope you all have a great term of office.

While there has been some ups and downs this year generally it has been a success. Our membership is now over 100 which makes us one of the top ten in the university.

Hopefully by the time this goes to press we will all have our T-shirts bearing the new club motif A special thank you must go to Caroline Di Fazio for designing this motif, it looks great and she will be remembered forever. Cheers Caroline.

Congratulations to Vincent Megaw for having the distinction of being voted the first life member of the Flinders University Archaeology Society. It was a unanimous decision at the AGM for Vincent to have this honour. This is not only for his continued support of the Society since its inception but for his untiring efforts in establishing and maintaining the Flinders University Archaeology Department.

Congratulation to all past presidents who have also been given life membership for their contributions to the Society. To clarify some points on what has been a highly contentious issue, life membership will not necessarily be given to myself of future presidents. This first lot is only for past presidents. From this year on life members will need to be selected by nomination and there is only a very limited number permitted per year. Anyone can be nominated so if you have somebody in mind who you believe to be deserving speak to the new committee.

Well that’s about it from me. I hope you have had a successful year and enjoy your break, for those of you who manage to get one. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Greg Carver

President.

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HISTORY- HERTORY- THEIRTORY

Brief background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society

Written and compiled by Gordon Copland

As we are now hurtling into 200 I it seems appropriate to begin to consider the forthcoming tenth anniversary of the Inaugural Annual General Meeting which was held at 1.05pm on the 10th of March 1992. Who better than archaeologists, budding or bloomed, to reflect on the past .and bring it to life again. This little missive is only the beginning and I am hoping that members past and present will consider adding to this information with their own experiences and information so that by March 2002 we will have a body of work to view and reminisce over. Photos, data and memorabilia can be put in an envelope, marked History of Arch Soc, and dropped in to the Archaeology Society In Tray in the Archaeology Office. The Society’s Executive committees of 200 I and 2002 can then decide what, if anything, they will want to do to celebrate this momentous occasion. A library display, BBQ, Public Lecture, etc etc are all things the Society has promoted in the past in the attempt to create an ongoing interest in Archaeology and provide a social background for those with similar interests to get together.

From the archives of Clubs and Societies (C & S) I have located a copy of the Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting and it would seem that those stalwarts who began the whole thing have much in common with the Society members today. Promotion of archaeology, involvement with Indigenous Australians, Cultural Heritage, field trips, discussion groups, contact with outside organisations associated with archaeology, and of course “social functions in the way of parties or happy hours for club members”, are all issue still dear to our hearts today. Especially the later. What ever happened to the ubiquitous happy hour? Perhaps we should start re-considering the simpler ways of the past for ease of organisation and more contact between members in the future. Fridays 4pm see you in the Tavern, type of thing.

In the papers held by C & S there are snippets of information about the activities of the Society over time. For instance one of the first grant applications was for members to attend the Australian Archaeology Association Conference in NSW from 10- 12 December 1992. Those proposing to attend were; Kerry Price, Sean Freeman, Heather Builth, Tim Anson, Kyla Morgan, Sue Hartly, Theo Saunders and Jeremy Miller. I do not know if they went or had a good time so perhaps one or more could let us all know what it was like in those heady early days. I also noticed the logo of Celtic persuasion on early newsletters which also appears on a large sign stored in the compactus at C & S. Does anyone know who drew or designed this? Several of the papers refer to the making of a banner but the design does not seem to be mentioned so I am not sure if it ever happened or if the banner, that legend tells us disintegrated at Cuddy Springs, is the same one. Any details regarding these issues would also be of interest. In fact any details and/or photos of the many excavations/field trips the Society has inspired would be great.

I haven’t gone through the back issues of Dig It, which are held in the archive section of Special Collections and at the Australian National Library, but it would appear that they started in their current form in 1997. However, that may not be true, it may simply be that the other issues did not go to the Library for archival. The first held by Special Collections is May 1997 and although it does not have a series number, by working backwards from our latest No. 8, it would appear to be No. 2. What happened to No. 1 if it existed could also be useful information and a copy should be placed with the Library. It is worth noting that we have progressed fro 32 members in 1992 to over 100 this year.

All in all this may make an interesting project and perhaps someone may even wish to take personal charge of it, so that we can celebrate the past achievements, honour the past members, and look forward to a long and illustrious future. I have attached what appears to be the past Committee Roll Call but there may be errors or changes so let us know what these are and it is followed by a, blast from the past, photo collage of the 1998 committee. Past membership lists may also be a worthwhile addition to the scrapbook of the Society.

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Check out the past Executive list here.

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Membership Update

In the last few days our membership tally reached 180. We have 155 fee-paying members, 14 associate members and 11 honorary life members. Can you help us reach 200? We’re always after new members and right now is the perfect time to join. Soon we will be releasing the second issue of the 2013 volume of our newsletter, Dig It, we will be celebrating our 21st birthday at the Edinburgh Hotel on the 1st of November, and we will have an end of year bbq (which might include a palaeontology vs archaeology cricket match)! There might even be another field trip on the horizon. Who knows?

Join here.

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Photo blog: Survey at Old Government House

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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Eight 2000

By Vanessa P. Sullivan

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Do all of you remember how you welcomed in the new Millennium? Remember Y2K? Remember the ArchSoc’s involvement with the excavation at Birdwood? No? Well, we cannot help you remember what you did that year, but fortunately our archives were not affected by the Y2K bug and are in order; thus, we are able to remind you exactly what ArchSoc did. This post of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ includes two articles from Issue 8 2000 that allow us to flash-back 13 years ago and have a look at the ArchSoc’s undertakings as well as learn about a former ArchSoc student’s experience!

Greg Carver’s ‘Presidential Address’ (2000:1), provides insight as to just how much the Archaeology Society has grown over the years: In 2000 the society was veering on the 100 member mark; today, ArchSoc is 160 members plus, and growing! Carver reviews the Semester 1 society events, such as a BBQ, the club fair day, adventures at the Birdwood excavation, and more. Carver also plans for Semester 2 by encouraging conference involvement. Although there have been changes to ArchSoc over the years, Carver’s forthright advice still holds true: “get your butt into gear and get involved” (2000:1).

In the article, ‘Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective’ (2000:9-10), Jen Rodrigues discusses her experience at Flinders University as an international student, how she came to choose archaeology as her major, and the influence her peers and professors had on her world-view. As I am an international student myself, this article resonated with me; however, even for the Adelaide locals reading along, there is value in Rodrigues’ introspection: no matter what brings you to Flinders University and the ArchSoc community, remember to savour the moment; “after all, how often do we realise what we should value until the moment we discover we no longer have it?” (2000:10).

References

Carver, G.  2000 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 8:1.

Rodrigues, J.  2000 Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 8:9-10.

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Presidential Address

Well here it is, the first Dig-It for the new millennium. So tar the year has proved eventful for the Archaeology Society and the rest of the year should be more so. We have already held the welcome barbecue, had a good response to the fair day, held an extremely wet and cold excavation at Birdwood and the society has been involved in catering for the public lectures.

The club is approaching one hundred members this year, which must be getting close to a record for the Arch Soc. By the way if we reach the magical figure of one hundred we get extra funding for all the good stuff from club and societies so tell all and sundry to join up.

If you don’t already know there are heaps of opportunities for participating in workshops and field trips in the second semester so get your butt into gear and get involved. The sign up forms for these workshops are outside the Archaeology Office in SSS.

This year Flinders Uni is holding the National Archaeology Students Conference (NASC) in November. The Archaeology Society is assisting with the conference and is looking for help to make this the best yet. If you would like to be involved please let the committee know and we will find something for you to do. You can access the NASC Web page through the Archaeology home page. Adelaide is hosting the joint ASHA/AIMA conference in November/December this year so the festive season is certainly going to be busy.

By the way those Archaeology Society T -Shirts are in the pipeline again so keep your eye out. That’s enough from me for now so here’s hoping you had a groovy first semester, a better break and have an even groovier second semester.

Cheers for now

Greg Carver

June 2000

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Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective.

A suggestion was made to me to write about my experiences as an international student. The following is what I can recall given the short space of time.

In the four years ( 1996-1999) I had been at Flinders, I have never regretted my move to Adelaide or undertaking a major in Archaeology. Perhaps unlike most international students, I had been in the country twice before traveling around the western state to see parts of it and meet some of its people. I liked it from the start and decided it had a culture with which I was comfortable and to which I was attracted. As for Archaeology, this decision came later, but before I resigned from my last permanent job in preparation to move to Adelaide. This decision, in other words, was made before I arrived at Flinders.

I had always looked forward to this move: an opportunity to return to studying as well as experience a different lifestyle and culture. I perceived Adelaide as having a slower pace of life that would be easier for me to live in; a place that would provide me with the personal space I needed and longed for and an opportunity to live independently; a place that would be more affordable than most other capital cities in Australia.

My only other concern was the choice of major sequences and their impact on my carer. It was always at that back of my mind if Archaeology (Sociology being my other major) was an intelligent choice and worth all the time and money I was putting in. On occasion, the thought still enters my mind. However, on hindsight, I believe it gave me one of the best chances of making the most of my stay in Australia. The fieldwork aspect of the course provided the outdoor opportunities for work and study that I enjoy. It also allowed me to see parts of the state or country at the same time. My classmates, who went through to complete their degree with me, were all Australians. In some ways, I was reminded of my being different whilst in others, I had the unique opportunity to meet some of the best people I could ever have met, lecturers and students included. This, in my opinion, is one of the best and most meaningful things in life. After all, there is hardly and point in traveling all the way to a foreign country and missing the opportunity of learning a different culture by finding security only in the company of those from your own country or region.

Undertaking casual work was another experience I enjoyed while at Flinders. However, easily the best part of my entire stay in this country was the travels I made during the semester and term breaks. I decided that being in the country already gave me the best and most economical chance to see parts of it I had not already seen. It was also during these travels that I had the opportunity to meet some of the best people I have ever met.

I remember a Dutch traveler I met I north Queensland in the summer of ’97. Sitting down near Mission Beach he chose to share with me stories of how he had traveled for a year once before and upon returning to Holland how he had found difficulty in adapting to his lifestyle back home. Hence, his choice to travel again and, this time, in Australia. His story had an effect on me, leaving me to consider how I was going to adapt to my previous lifestyle. I somehow came to the conclusion that it must surely be the person who changes and not so much his or her home country that no longer seems the same. I had been keen to move to Adelaide and had enjoyed almost all my moments in Australia. But suddenly, it dawned on me that I may have changed as a person - perhaps more than I realised or wanted to. I still wonder about my experiences, and how these may have changed me in more ways that I could have ever imagined.

It was suggested to me that I write this article describing my experiences of being an international student. Admittedly, I initially found the concept amusing but realised, on hindsight, that perhaps it is not that much of a laughing matter after all. In all, however, I am glad to be able to say that I enjoyed my years in Adelaide and Flinders. I miss it, especially now that I am no longer there. After all, how often do we realise what we should value until the moment we discover we no longer have it?

Jen Rodrigues

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To continue reading from Dig It 7, click here: DigIt7

Look out for the next edition of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ on Wednesday the 7th of August!

Apologies for the delay in bringing this post to you. We thought that we would get maximum exposure and readership if we waited until the start of semester two when everyone was back from field work.

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