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May workshops and more

The first half of the semester is behind us, full up with welcome BBQs, Cricket Matches, fundraiser book stalls and of course the Graduate Celebration. Once again, we congratulate all Archaeology and Heritage graduates in 2015 – you can find photos here.

May workshops…

We’re now looking forward to the commencement of our field workshops program, a series of ArchSoc-organised workshops providing student members with the invaluable opportunity to get familiar with technical equipment and processes that are fundamental to field archaeology, in a supportive environment.

1. The program begins this Saturday 2 May with Using the total station – a workshop with Rob Koch. This will be held at Flinders Archaeology Lab and Social Sciences North courtyard, 10am – 1pm with a break for morning tea.

After a short theoretical introduction into what a total station is and can do, participants will get lots of practice setting up the station and recording points. The workshop is ideal to get some hands-on training in using the total station before heading out into the field.

2. The second workshop in our program is A Practical Introduction to GIS – a workshop with Andrew Frost, to be held Saturday 16 May 2015 in the SSN107 computer lab, 10am – 12.30pm with a break for morning tea. RSVP by 8 May please.

GIS is a complex and powerful data management system that increasingly gains significance in archaeological applications. The workshop will introduce some applications that can be used to create visualisations of archaeological data, and to analyse them. This includes some hands-on work with real-life archaeological data. This workshop is designed for ArchSoc members who would like to know more about what GIS is and how it can be used in archaeology – before considering learning GIS to use it for their own work. The workshop is aimed at people with minimal or no experience at using GIS.

You will need to bring yourself, a notebook and pen. Places in both workshops will be prioritised for ArchSoc members but you are able to join on the day.

To attend either workshop you will need to RSVP Jana at jana.rogasch@flinders.edu.au

…and more!

We’d also like to promote the upcoming Quiz Night being organized by the Flinders Palaeo Society. This will be held on the 8 May, and tickets are $10 for student members of the Palaeo society, $15 for everyone else. All proceeds of the quiz night and inclusive charity auction will be going to the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund.

And finally, don’t forget the ArchSoc Pub Crawl coming up the end of May/beginning of June. Details to be confirmed shortly.

Some photos from recent events below; if you came along to support one of these activities, we thank you for getting involved with your Society!

Welcome BBQ ARCH1001

L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay Hannah.
L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay
Hannah.
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.

ArchSoc book stalls – fundraiser for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund

Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
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May workshops and more

The first half of the semester is behind us, full up with welcome BBQs, Cricket Matches, fundraiser book stalls and of course the Graduate Celebration. Once again, we congratulate all Archaeology and Heritage graduates in 2015 – you can find photos here.

May workshops…

We’re now looking forward to the commencement of our field workshops program, a series of ArchSoc-organised workshops providing student members with the invaluable opportunity to get familiar with technical equipment and processes that are fundamental to field archaeology, in a supportive environment.

1. The program begins this Saturday 2 May with Using the total station – a workshop with Rob Koch. This will be held at Flinders Archaeology Lab and Social Sciences North courtyard, 10am – 1pm with a break for morning tea.

After a short theoretical introduction into what a total station is and can do, participants will get lots of practice setting up the station and recording points. The workshop is ideal to get some hands-on training in using the total station before heading out into the field.

2. The second workshop in our program is A Practical Introduction to GIS – a workshop with Andrew Frost, to be held Saturday 16 May 2015 in the SSN107 computer lab, 10am – 12.30pm with a break for morning tea. RSVP by 8 May please.

GIS is a complex and powerful data management system that increasingly gains significance in archaeological applications. The workshop will introduce some applications that can be used to create visualisations of archaeological data, and to analyse them. This includes some hands-on work with real-life archaeological data. This workshop is designed for ArchSoc members who would like to know more about what GIS is and how it can be used in archaeology – before considering learning GIS to use it for their own work. The workshop is aimed at people with minimal or no experience at using GIS. 

You will need to bring yourself, a notebook and pen. Places in both workshops will be prioritised for ArchSoc members but you are able to join on the day.

To attend either workshop you will need to RSVP Jana at jana.rogasch@flinders.edu.au

…and more!

We’d also like to promote the upcoming Quiz Night being organized by the Flinders Palaeo Society. This will be held on the 8 May, and tickets are $10 for student members of the Palaeo society, $15 for everyone else. All proceeds of the quiz night and inclusive charity auction will be going to the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund.

And finally, don’t forget the ArchSoc Pub Crawl coming up the end of May/beginning of June. Details to be confirmed shortly.

Some photos from recent events below; if you came along to support one of these activities, we thank you for getting involved with your Society!

Welcome BBQ ARCH1001

L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay  Hannah.
L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay
Hannah.
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.

ArchSoc book stalls – fundraiser for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund

Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
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Flinders Archaeology Graduate Celebration 2015

Congratulations to this year’s archaeology graduates who received their parchment this morning. We had a great time catching up and celebrating with all of you, your family, and friends in the Function Centre this afternoon.

We were delighted to have a few special guests say a few words for the graduates. A big thank you goes to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Professor Diana Glenn; Head of the Archaeology Department, Professor Claire Smith; and Honorary Life Member of the Flinders Archaeological Society, Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw.

Please have a look at the photo album below. If you would like a copy of any of the photos, you are welcome to visit this link and download them directly from Flickr.

Thanks also goes to the event coordinators: Dianne Riley, Chelsea Wiseman, Owen Hems, Celeste Jordan and Kate Riley. Finally, we would like to thank Oasis for allowing us to utilise their space.

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Book sale fundraiser for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship

The ArchSoc committee is running a book sale outside of HUMN 112 this week between 10am and 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The proceeds from this book sale will be donated to the James Moore Memorial Scholarship. As you might already know, James’ life was tragically cut short in a car crash late last year. Our members might remember James from the Vertebrate Palaeontology Field Schools and/or the Digger’s Shield Cricket Match. James was an active member of the Flinders University Palaeontology Society and was instrumental in reinstating the Digger’s Shield. He will be sorely missed. We hope to honour James by presenting a cheque to the Palaeontology Society for the scholarship at this Saturday’s cricket match. Please come out and support this initiative by buying some books this week. Additionally, if you have some old books that you would like to donate for us to sell, please bring them down to the stall this week.

If you’d still like to support the James Moore Memorial Scholarship but can’t make it to the book sale, you may donate using a credit card here. You will also find some additional information about James and the scholarship by visiting that link.

Awards, Dig It, Events, News

Welcome to 2015: O Week, awards, and a new committee on board!

It’s only the second week of Semester 1 2015 at Flinders Uni, and already the year is shaping up to be a busy and productive one for Flinders ArchSoc. Here’s a wrap-up of events that launched the university year for ArchSoc:

O Week

O week Semester 1 was a great success with a steady flow of new archaeology students keen to get the year going by joining their society. It was great to see so many new faces; even better to have so many volunteer for the upcoming Digger’s Shield!

1. Emma and Dianne.O Week stall sem 1
ArchSoc O Week stall, day 1, Emma Somyden Davey and Dianne Riley

The week closed with the annual Semester 1 Archaeology Department-hosted BBQ for new and returning students, including some joining the student body from interstate. Welcome all!

Students Amber Parrington, Jacob Gwiazdzinkski  and Kathleen Gorey
Students Amber Parrington, Jacob Gwiazdzinkski  and Kathleen Gorey

For her volunteer services to ArchSoc and its publication Dig It in 2014, and for her demonstrated commitment to and passion for archaeology, Jana Rogasch was the deserving recipient of the ArchSoc Andrew Allen-Farr Award, presented at the Welcome BBQ. This year, we’re delighted to have Jana back taking care of non-course field and workshop opportunities in her new role as Field Work Coordinator.

3. Jana Rogasch and Catherine Bland
Jana Rogasch and Catherine Bland

ArchSoc Committee Handover

On Thursday 5 March the incoming 2015 Committee met at the beautiful venue Warriparinga/Living Kaurna Cultural Centre to be inducted into their new roles, with experienced committee members (including past committee member Antoinette Hennessy) providing valuable insight and guidance into the highlights and challenges of being part of an active student organisation. Jordan Ralph and Dianne Riley facilitated a well-structured day of information, training and organising, and the group left feeling energised and on task for the busy months to come.

4. Jordan Ralph presenting background for  2015 committee
Jordan Ralph giving background on ArchSoc to the 2015 Committee

FUSA Award

The Annual Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) Club Awards recognises clubs and societies for their contribution to campus culture; at the 2015 Awards Night last Friday, ArchSoc took out the award for Best Club 2014! Dianne and Jordan were there to accept the award on behalf of the 2014 committee; brilliant work all round, and many thanks to FUSA.

About the Best Club Award: Awarded to the club that has consistently remained active, engaging, and fair for the majority of the year. The Award Committee will take into consideration the length of time the club has been affiliated, the amount of activities that the club has run in 2014, and the number of members that the club has maintained, as well as anecdotal evidence seen around campus of the club’s status and activities.

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Join ArchSoc in 2015!

ArchSoc invites you to join our growing membership in 2015! Membership is $15 per year and 2014 members are reminded their fees are due by the 31st of March 2015 to remain current.

We’ve been working hard since the AGM to ensure we have plenty to offer our members in 2015, such as volunteer opportunities, public lectures, and several social events, including the prestigious Diggers Shield Cricket Match. We’re still finalising details, so make sure you come by the O Week stall and chat to us about our plans for this year.

Payment options

Pay via the link on our website. If you pay online, don’t forget to fill in the membership form and send it to info@flindersarchsoc.org, leaving your student number in the comments section of the PayPal checkout (we will need this for FUSA affiliation).

OR

Come down and visit us on stall during O Week (Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th Feb, 10am-3pm, Humanities Courtyard) where you can pay cash if you don’t wish to pay online.

O Week will also be an excellent opportunity to pick up your membership card and meet the incoming 2015 ArchSoc Committee – you can have a look at who’s who here.

All new or renewed memberships for 2015 will remain current until 31 March 2016.
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About us

The Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) is a not-for-profit student-run organisation dedicated to enhancing the experience of archaeology students and to broadening the understanding of heritage amongst the student body and the wider community.  

ArchSoc is the largest and most active student-run archaeological society in the country, and every year takes on a wide variety of projects, from organising an annual Quiz night, to field trips, fundraisers and co-ordinating volunteer experience opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.  You don’t even have to be a student at Flinders to be a member of ArchSoc  – membership is open to anyone, including the general public, high school students and anyone interested in archaeology.

Benefits of membership include discounted access to social events and merchandise, access to field trips and other ArchSoc-run projects, two physical copies of our journal Dig It and much more!

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Outcomes of the AGM

Thanks to those members who attended the Flinders ArchSoc AGM yesterday. It was a succinct, productive meeting and fortunately we were able to achieve quorum this year.

Congratulations to those members who were elected to the ArchSoc committee in 2015. We hope that your term is successful and effective. Please see the table below to find out who is part of the 2015 committee. Please be aware that we are yet to elect a Vice President. We will be looking for a new Vice President early in 2015.

Congratulations also to our newest Honorary Life Members, Andrew Wilkinson and Claire Smith. We thank Andrew and Claire for their commitment to ArchSoc in the past and welcome their involvement in the future. Look out for a full article about these Honorary Life Members in the next issue of Dig It.

President Dianne Riley
Vice President Unelected, to be elected at a later date
Treasurer Chelsea Wiseman
Secretary Marie Amyot
Publications Editor Jordan Ralph
Public Relations Officer Emma Davey
Field Work Coordinator Jana Rogasch
Social Coordinator Drew Jackson
Membership Officer Owen Hems
General Representative (x5) Adeena Fowke

Virginia Ward

Rhiannon Agutter

Matthew Hornsby

Celeste Jordan

Events

ArchSoc Quiz Night 2014: Christmases Past

To ArchSoc members and friends,

You are all invited to attend ArchSoc’s Quiz Night/Christmas get together on the 12th of December. The theme of the quiz night is Christmases Past, so make sure you come dressed appropriately! The organising committee will be awarding prizes for the best dressed and most imaginative costume.

Event details:

Where: Noel Lothian Hall, Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The starting time for this event is 7pm. It is advised that you arrive half an hour before.

When: 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Bookings: To book a table or a seat at a table, please email Kahlia Pearce <pear0328@flinders.edu.au> and reserve your spot. As the tickets are at an affordable price and there are limited tables, we ask that guests book their spot and make their payment as soon as possible (places/tables are not confirmed until payment has been made).

Tickets: $10/person for members; $15/person for non-members; $25/person for ticket AND 2015 membership (maximum 8 people per table) Purchase tickets here: https://flindersarchsoc.org/events/quiz-night-2014-christmases-past/ OR purchase tickets in person at the ArchSoc AGM, Thursday November 27th at 4pm, North Theatre 2, Flinders University.

Parking is available for guests at no cost. Please BYO drinks – the venue is licensed so you may bring alcohol – and a plate or some nibbles to share with your table. Tea, coffee, water, and tables and chairs are provided by ArchSoc. There are prizes to be won and it is sure to be a fun night. Guests do not have to be archaeologists nor members of ArchSoc. This is an event for everyone, so please invite your friends and family to attend!

If you are on Facebook, please have a look at the event page and click ‘Join’ if you’d like to come along: https://www.facebook.com/events/308646949324246/. This will make sure you receive more updates regarding this event.​

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Annual General Meeting 2014, Thursday 27/11/14

Dianne Riley, Flinders ArchSoc President 2014

Dear ArchSoc members and friends,

The Flinders Archaeological Society 2014 AGM will be held on Thursday 27th November in North Theatre 2 at Flinders University. At 4pm there will be a short presentation about what ArchSoc has achieved this year, followed by drinks and pizza, supplied by ArchSoc. The official proceedings commence at 5pm sharp, following the presentation and refreshments.

We request the attendance of all Fee-paying, Associate and Life Members at this meeting. Non-members are able to attend, but cannot vote. We are also seeking dedicated, passionate, positive and enthusiastic students to join our committee in 2015: committee nomination form.

I have attached the agenda, which includes the annual reports of the Executive and General committees, along with their recommendations: Agenda and committee reports. Please read the reports before coming to the meeting, as we will only discuss specific issues arising from them. The agenda also includes nominations for the 2015 Executive and General Committees (see nomination form above), nominations for Honorary Life Membership (Antoinette will send this nomination form out soon), and other business. If any member has other business they wish to discuss at the meeting, please send it to me by 2pm Thursday 27th November.

If you cannot attend the meeting, our Constitution states that you can nominate a proxy to attend, speak and vote on your behalf. Your vote will be added to the vote of your proxy. To nominate a proxy, please fill out the attached form and email it to our returning officer, Antoinette: proxy nomination form. Antoinette will verify your membership and the membership of your proxy. Only Fee-paying, Associate and Honorary Life Members are eligible to vote and act as a proxy. Proxies will only be accepted if Antoinette has received notification of this by 2pm Thursday 27th November.

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.

Voting will be by secret ballot in the case of multiple persons running for the same position.

It is important for members to attend the meeting so that we meet quorum. If you cannot attend, then please, nominate a proxy.

I have also attached the minutes from the previous two general meetings, for acceptance at the AGM:

Minutes ArchSoc AGM 14th November 2013

Minutes ArchSoc SGM 12th March 2014