Awards, News

Honorary Life Member: Leah Puletama

Leah has been a Fee-paying Member of ArchSoc between 2005–2010 and 2012–present. Leah became a member of ArchSoc during her undergraduate years at Flinders University, while studying the Bachelor of Archaeology. During her time with ArchSoc, Leah served as a General Representative, Social Coordinator and President.

Leah was elected as President of ArchSoc In 2007, during which time she is regularly credited for reviving the Society after a few dormant years. One of the changes that Leah initiated during her Presidency was to update the old ArchSoc logo (the one with a variety of artefacts and a bone) to a newer logo, which represented a photographic scale card. That logo was used between 2007 and 2012.

In terms of the objectives of the Society, Leah helped to host social events and facilitate student networking by playing an active role in organising quiz nights and pub crawls. During her Presidency, Leah organised an ArchSoc Quiz Night, where she was also the MC. The success of this event has meant that the Quiz Night is one of the most anticipated annual events on ArchSoc’s calendar.

Tragically, one of Leah’s classmates (and Vice President of ArchSoc), Andrew Allen-Farr, died in a swimming accident towards the end of Leah’s Presidency. Following this event, Leah worked tirelessly with the rest of the committee to ensure that Andrew’s legacy would endure. The outcome of this was the conception of the Andrew Allen-Farr Award, which is one of ArchSoc’s highest honours.

More recently, Leah chaired the organising committee for the National Archaeology Student Conference, which was held at Flinders University in 2014. Leah was able to successfully negotiate with Emeritus Professor Brian Fagan to deliver the keynote address at NASC 2014. In addition, the conference was attended by around 100 students from across Australia. While this event was not directly tied to ArchSoc, it provided ArchSoc members with the valuable opportunity to assist in organising and running a national conference and also to present their research and be part of academic dialogues that are normally out of their reach.

Leah has been an asset to ArchSoc throughout her membership. She is always happy to provide guidance and direction on Society matters, and she consistently provides a voice of reason in many of these cases. While Leah plays less of a role in the day-to-day running of the Society at present, she is a regular face at ArchSoc events and general meetings (of course, she is a force to be reckoned with at the annual quiz night!). It is without doubt that ArchSoc has deeply benefited from Leah’s involvement over so many years.

Leah was elected as an Honorary Life Member of ArchSoc at the Annual General Meeting held on the 19th of November 2015.

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.

Awards, News

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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Antoinette Hennessy: Recipient of the 2012 ArchSoc Andrew Allen-Farr Award

By Jordan Ralph


The recipient of the 2012 ArchSoc Andrew Allen-Farr Award is Antoinette Hennessy. Antoinette is an asset to the Society and exemplifies the traits of Andrew Allen-Farr in every project she undertakes for the Society. Her commitment to ArchSoc in 2012 was unmatched by any other member of the Society, and it was through her dedication, coupled with the work of her colleagues, that 2012 was as successful as it was. In short, Antoinette is one of the critical members that ensured ArchSoc grew to the level it did in 2012, in terms of membership, public outreach and community involvement. Antoinette has been involved with the ArchSoc committee since early in her undergraduate degree and has fulfilled roles such as Social Coordinator, Public Relations Officer and she currently holds the position of Treasurer. Chances are that if you own a Flinders ArchSoc t-shirt from the last five years, Antoinette did the design. On behalf of the Flinders Archaeological Society, I would like to thank Antoinette for her long-term commitment to the Society and while she was not able to make it to the awards ceremony, I hope that she has a fantastic trip to the Philippines to visit her family.