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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Three 1998

By Nessa Beasley

For the third post of Flinders ArchSoc’s ‘From the Dig It Archives’, we have three interesting articles from 1998 (Issue 3) for your viewing.

In ‘Message from the Chair’ (1998:2) President Matthew Rice discusses the popularity and success of the newsletter’s first two issues from the previous year (when Dig It was introduced). Rice extends a thank you to the many contributors to the development of the newsletter by the Society’s members – a valuable source from which the contemporary Dig It continues to amass much of its content.

In the second piece, ‘The Diggers Plate’, the results of the annual cricket match between the Palaeontology Society and the Archaeology Society are comically relayed. This cricket match for the ‘diggers plate’, between since-forever arch nemeses, was once an annual tradition that ArchSoc would like to revive, but watch this space…

And finally, we have found an article from this issue about our very own, Claire Smith. The ‘Staff Profile: Claire Smith’ welcomes Claire to Flinders, provides a background to Claire’s arrival and details some of her achievements and research interests. More importantly, the article suggests that happiness may lie with a Dalmation called Blot…

Happy readings; and don’t forget, comments are welcomed below and discussion is encouraged! In fact…here’s a start-  would you like to:

a)      play in a cricket match against the palaeo’s


b)      at least watch and laugh at archaeo’s trying to hit things fast? (e.g. cricket balls, palaeo’s…etc)


c)      does anyone have a Dalmation called Blot we can borrow?

Let us know below and enjoy!


Flinders University Archaeology Society 1998 Staff Profile: Claire Smith. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:16-17.

Flinders University Archaeology Society 1998 The Diggers Plate: The Annual Archaeology vs. Palaeontology Cricket Match. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:3-4.

Rice, M. 1998 Message from the Chair. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:2.


Message from the chair

Well here it is, the third, final and most voluminous edition of Dig It for 1997. Its pages, packed as they are with archaeological intrigue reflect the many activities in which the Society has been involved throughout the year.

While the Society has continued to hold the more traditional events such as B.B.Q.s, field trips and dinners, we have also been driven by the desire to make the Society bigger, better and more inviting to students and staff. To achieve this end it was decided that a tri annual Newsletter was needed to market the Society and provide valuable information and gossip to its members. The first edition of Dig It, proved to be extremely successful at achieving this goal with copies quickly being snapped up. (Recent reports suggest that the first edition of Dig It is now considered an endangered species!). The second issue of Dig It was released in August. The demand for this edition exceeded all expectations and additional copies were required to appease the masses! Of course none of this would have been possible without the dedication of the Societies many members and I would like to thank all those who generously donated their time and expertise either in the writing of articles or in the general production of Dig It.

Lastly I would like to thank Sue Booth, Marilyn Graham and Phil Weeks from Clubs and Societies for all their help during the year and just for putting up with us.

There is no doubt 1997 has been a great year for the Society, and it has been a pleasure to work with such an ambitious team of people. See you all in the Tavern!

Mathew Rice

Principal Editors: Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice

Editing crew: Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice; Chris Langeluddecke; Katrina Stankowski; Julie Ford; Simone Dalgairnf; Peter Birt; Vincent Megaw; Claire Smith; Mark Staniforth; Donald Pate

Contributions: Paul Rapita; Vincent Megaw; Claire Smith; Chris Langeluddecke; Katrina Stankowski; David Bartholomeusz; Nathan Richards



The onset of 1997 witnessed the ascension of an ambitious committee to the Archaeology Society, and having reflected upon what was achieved throughout the year, I feel that the Archaeology Society as a Campus organisation has matured, as have the committee members at its helm. Efforts to accomplish what has been achieved, while driven by a small handful has been largely supported by the broader members of the Society, without whose support, very little would have been possible. Since the Society’s inception some four years ago, there have been regular newsletters, however 1997 saw the development of a new format (an example of which is currently within your palms) for Dig It and I hope that the momentum behind last year’s publications is maintained. The Clubs and Societies Office (undercroft, beneath the Tavern) has a number of resources available, including computers, scanners and photocopies, which are accessible to everyone who wishes to get involved in the production of future editions of Dig it, to make full use of these facilities. Additional resources include the internet, where the Dig It E-mail address can be reached. It takes considerable tenacity and determination to produce a newsletter, and requires broad level communication, and the ability to hound people ruthlessly. Not to be deterred, the contacts, the skills and experience acquired have made it very rewarding.

Thanks to all previous contributions.

Paul Rapita


The Digger’s Plate: The annual Archaeology vs Palaeontology Cricket match

The inaugural Digger’s Plate inter-society Cricket match was played on the University Cricket Grounds between the much pouted Palaeontology Society and the eager beavers from the Archaeology Society, on Sunday morning, in the middle of October 1997.

Conditions were sensational on the day, fine and warm with a light breeze, from the south.

The Archaeology Society fielded a confident but down on practice team, captained by Tim Anson, looking absolutely marvellous in all the equipage that 90’s cricket could offer an aspiring wicket keeper.

F. U. A. S won the toss and chose to bat first. Our strategy was a simple one – get our members to the pitch, before the beer got to them. Apparently batting is much harder under the influence than fielding. Hang overs of course constituted an area that we had no measure of, rarely expressed but implied by grunts and groans; and there were many of those.

Howz That ? Phil opened our batting line up with Jacob, and quickly discovered the pitch was a little damp, making it very difficult to read. Phil scored a whopping 18 runs before being bowled out, outlasting Jacob who was bowled for a duck. Dave Mott was caught out with 6 runs under the belt (probably the same in beers!). Captain Tim added another 16 runs before being bowled out. F.U. A.S managed something like 11 fours and a six which found its way on to the intersection of South and Sturt Roads, holding up play for nearly ten minutes. After 30 overs and much cheering from the hill, F.U.A.S set the target of 115 runs for the Palaeontology Society to chase.

By the time the Palaeontology team were padded up and ready to go, the pitch had dried out transforming otherwise pathetic bitumen bowlers into test cricket prodigies. The F.U.A.S bowling line up included- Phil who claimed a couple of wickets, Dave, Katherine, Jake, Mat and Paul.

Despite our determined and persistent efforts the Palaeo’s achieved our run score with one over remaining in the game and 2 wickets still in hand. There was some criticism relating to umpiring decisions as umpires were substituted from the batting teams. Perhaps in the future, given more time to organise the next game, Umpires for the day should be elected from both teams and declared before the onset of the game, and should not be part of the team. But that’s for 1998.

There was an interesting comment made about a “Boys Club”, when it came to the Digger’s Plate, which is not how we feel about it and we seriously encourage more people to become a part of the action.

Hopefully, we’ll be better prepared in 1998, and wrench the Digger’s Plate from the Palaeontologists Biology Office (where it is to temporarily reside) to hang it in the Archaeology Office in 1999.

Why the Digger’s Plate, you wonder ? Palaeontologists and Archaeologists have very different digging habits; of course there are different arguments supporting each claim; and it is common for each group to be critical of the other’s field methods. But digging semantics aside, both archaeology and palaeontology are very similar in their fields of study and may, as in Cuddie Springs, overlap.

The Digger’s Plate will be on display during ‘0’ Week in the Plaza on Wednesday, February 24, before it falls into the clutches of Gavin Prideaux (Captain of the Palaeontology team).

The Archaeology Batting lineup:

I. Phil Czerwinski 18 (bowled)

2. Jacob Habner 0 (bowled)

3. Dave Mott 6 (caught)

4. Tim Anson 16 (bowled)

5. Katherine Henderson 7 (caught)

6. Garth Masters 10 (bowled)

7. Chris Munce 34 (bowled)

8. Mathew Rice 3 (caught)

9. Chris Langeluddeke 2 (bowled)

10. Sally May 0 (stumped)

II. Nathan Richards 1

Archaeology bowling lineup:

David Mott; Phil Czerwinski; Jacob Habner; Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice; Katherine Henderson; Garth Masters; Chris Munce


Staff Profile: Claire Smith

Claire Smith joined the staff at Flinders University at the beginning of 1998. She is delighted to be here and to be learning how to be a teacher. Prior to coming to Flinders Claire was an ARC post-doctoral research fellow at the University of New England. She obtained her PhD from UNE in 1996.

Claire’s primary research interests are ethnoarchaeology and the archaeology of art. She has on-going ethnoarchaeological fieldwork projects in the Barunga region of southern Arnhem Land, Australia; in Bihar State, India; and in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Her major research project at the moment is a cross-cultural study of indigenous body art, which involves identifying any common factors which influence a single art across cultures as well as the range of possible influences on this art form. Claire is also researching the social factors which influence the occurrence of geometric and figurative art in indigenous societies.

With the assistance of Heather Burke of UNE, Claire convened the 1997 Fulbright symposium ‘Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World’. This was held in Darwin and was innovative in that it integrated cultural performances and workshops with panel discussions.

Four hours live coverage a day was broadcast internationally by Batchelor College, the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Associatioin (TEABBA) and the the National Indigenous Media Association of Australia (NIMAA).

Claire teaches the second year topic Australian Archaeology A (ARCH 2001), which focuses on Indigenous Australian archaeology, as well as the third year topics The Archaeology of Art (ARCH 3001) and Power, Ethnicity and Gender in Archaeology (ARCH 3007). Also, she is the co-ordinator of the Archaeology Honours and Postgraduate programmes.

Claire is Senior Editor of Australian Archaeology, the journal of the  Australian Archaeological Association. She is also the junior representative on the Executive of the World Archaeological Congress for Southeastern Asia and the Pacific as well as Editor of WAC News, the newsletter of the World Archaeological Congress.

Claire’s life outside of archaeology is shared by her husband, Gary Jackson, and their 8- year-old son, Jimmy. Her life ambitions include acquiring two Dalmatians, which she will name either Spot and Dot or jot and Blot. In addition, she aspires to learning to speak Italian and/ or Indonesian and to playing the flute. In the meantime, she watches SBS* television and listens to the radio.

Claire is also teaching ARCH 3007

Power, Ethnicity and Gender in Archaeology

Claire can be found in the Archaeology Offices

Phone: 8201 2336


To continue reading from Dig It 3, click here: DigIt3

Look out for the next edition of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ on Wednesday the 22nd of May!

2 thoughts on “From the Dig It Archives: Issue Three 1998”

  1. It is definitely a plan to run the cricket match later this year. The plate appears to be buried in one or the others departments so a new version is required. We should be able to amass a magnificent team this year. Thoughts for the format are 20/20 or One day. Any advances?


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