Dig It

Available now! Dig It Volume 3, May 2016

Volume three of the Flinders Archaeological Society’s journal, Dig It, is now published on our website. It is open access, so you may download the full-text .pdf of the volume, or you may read it in your browser using our web app, ISSUU, available at the link above.

Dig It is fast becoming a global journal for archaeology students and recent graduates. Despite being based in Adelaide, Australia, this volume includes papers by authors from Argentina, Australia, Nigeria, Romania and the United Kingdom. The diversity and breadth of the theories, topics, and sites that our authors write about is a testament to a growing attitude of global collaboration and dialogue in archaeology.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors, referees*, editors and supporters, without whom this volume would not have been possible.

While volume three is now available digitally, it will be available in print from Friday 18th May. If you would like your copy posted to you, please let us know via dig.it@flindersarchsoc.org. Please note, only ArchSoc members and those who have contributed to this volume may receive a printed copy. Become a member today.

Finally, we encourage all students, regardless of their geographical location, to consider writing for Dig It—we want to know what students are researching across the globe. Our advice for future contributors is to make sure your contribution is grounded in current academic literature and deals with a specific topic or question. We look forward to receiving many more contributions from students and recent graduates and to helping them refine their research for publication. Please get in touch with us if you would like to publish in Dig It. There will be a formal call for papers for the next volume in the coming days.

*A list of all referees will be published on our website.


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.

Dig It, Events

Master Class – Writing Book Reviews for Publication

On the 14th of November the Flinders University Archaeology Department will be holding the master class titled ‘Writing book reviews for publication: a joint Australian Archaeology and ArchSoc Masterclass’. The master class aims to give students practice in writing book reviews for publication in academic journals. The master class will be held in Humanities room 105 between 9am and 1pm. There is no cost and morning tea will be provided by ArchSoc. Alice Gorman will be teaching this master class and it is a great opportunity to learn from an experienced book review editor. Plus, if the participants write a review for DigIt, they will have their review published a few weeks after the class. This master class is restricted to 20 students and is open to undergraduates and postgraduates. The link below contains more information on the class and is where you can sign up.


Dig It, Events, Field Work, News

Update: Semester 2 2014

It has come to our attention that some people haven’t been receiving our emails. We think we have resolved this issue and have re-added our members’ emails to our list server, and fixed the issue with the member database.

Some of the notices that you might have missed over the last few weeks related to the new issue of ArchSoc’s journal, Dig It (ISSN 1440-2475). For any member who hasn’t received a physical copy, please let us know via email if  you want a copy posted out to you or if you would prefer to collect it yourself.  Just a reminder that only current financial members are eligible to receive a hard copy.

Please note, that for people who are not members, you can access the digital version of Dig It Volume 2, Issue 1 (ISSN 12201-1898) here.

At the moment we have 119 members, which is down from last year by approximately 50 members. Now is the perfect time to join, as we will be holding a number of events, including fieldwork training/practice days, a quiz night and the next issue of Dig It will be published towards the end of the year. To read more about the benefits of ArchSoc, and to purchase membership, please visit our About Us and Become a Member pages. To check your membership status, please email the Membership Officer.

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Dig it 2014-2: Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

The editing committee of Dig It is delighted to invite students and recent graduates from all around the world to submit a contribution for consideration in our 2014/2 edition, to appear in December 2014.

Dig It is a student-run, peer-reviewed journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society. 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 future and starting 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, field reports and thesis abstracts. You can access the last issue here: http://issuu.com/flindersarchsoc/docs/dig_it_draft_layout_final1.0_online/0

Details on submitting can be found here: https://flindersarchsoc.org/digit/guidelinesforcontributors/.Please mind that we will not process papers that fail to meet the guidelines.

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 2014/2, please send us an abstract of 200 words. For personal opinion pieces, book reviews and thesis abstracts, an informal expression of interest is sufficient (just email the editor).

We especially warmly invite undergrad students to contribute to our next issue. Even if you do not yet have an own research project to write about, you write a review of a new(-ish) book you read recently, or maybe write a short research essay in form of a literature review about a topic that you recently became interested in?

The abstract deadline for original research papers and research essays is 4th August 2014, shortly after which the editing committee of Dig It will inform you about whether or not your contribution will be considered. The deadline for submission of papers will be 4th September, and revision period in October. Abstracts should be emailed to dig.it@flindersarchsoc.org.

Looking forward to lots of inspiring contributions,

Jana Rogasch, editor

Matthew Ebbs, co-editor (academic reviews)

Antoinette Hennessy, co-editor (social columnist)

Jordan Ralph, co-editor (layout and interviews)

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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: https://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.


Jana Rogasch, editor

Matthew Ebbs, co-editor (academic reviews)

Antoinette Hennessy, co-editor (social)

Jordan Ralph, co-editor (layout and interviews)

Dig It, From the Dig It Archives

From the Dig It Archives: Issue Nine 2000

By Tristan Grainger


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!


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.


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




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.


Check out the past Executive list here.

Dig It, From the Dig It Archives

From the Dig It Archives: Issue Seven 1999

By Ella Stewart-Peters


This week’s look into the Dig It archives takes us back to a time of great change as the world prepared to move into a new millennium. The ‘Presidential Address’ (Copland 1999:3-4) looks back on a rather challenging year for the Society as well as highlights the hope that was held for the future of archaeology at Flinders. A number of changes to ArchSoc had been proposed for the new millennium, some of which draw parallels to the activities of ArchSoc over the past 12 months. A new constitution was proposed and the Society sought to move Dig It into the ‘electronic age’ (Copland 1999).

Subsequent articles in this issue reflect upon individual events, specifically Quiz Night and the Archaeology Society Dinner. Quiz Night was hailed a success, despite some participants providing some rather interesting answers and with many ‘donations’ of drinks to the score keepers, making tallying the final scores a tricky task (Lewczak and Briggs 1999). The Archaeology Society Dinner allowed members to interact with the teaching staff, emphasising the close working relationship between the Department and ArchSoc that continues today. All in all, this issue is reflective whilst also showing that some things never change! Happy reading.


Briggs, S. 1999 Archaeology Society Dinner 29th of October. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 7:12.

Copland, G. 1999 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 7:3-4.

Lewczak, C. and S. Briggs 1999 The World According to Quiz Night. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 7:9-10.


Presidential Address

Dear Members, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I hope this year has been successful for you but I know some of you, like myself, will be glad to see the end of this year and be happy to put it behind us. Yet even in adversity I am sure we have all learnt something. Well at least I hope so and, may I add, it has been a pleasure and privilege to be your President.

We have had some successful functions such as the Public Lecture series, Exhibition, Quiz Night, another Fair Day, the last Dig It and the Annual Dinner. I must thank so many for helping with all these events, in particular the Committee Members and the Feral First Years who of course now move onto be the Sedate Second Years (hopefully). The inaugural year of the Department of Archaeology is also giving us a great deal of hope for the future of Archaeology at Flinders and I’m sure that the Society will continue to support its development for the betterment of us all.

The end of the year also means that we say farewell to our Head of Department, the inimitable J.V.S. Megaw, even though he will be around next year on half time, and our congratulations to Donald Pate as incoming Department Head. For those of us who don’t speak half the languages of Europe this will be a boost for our egos but at the same time it will be a loss in terms of the links to both the Celtic and Art worlds and academia as a whole. Yet I know I speak on your behalf when I say we as a society would wish Vincent and Ruth all the best for this new venture and time in their lives and certainly pledge our support for Donald going into the new millennium.

With the new millennium in mind, and even though the country as a whole has chosen not to move on, I feel it is time for the Archaeology Society to do so. Thus you will find in the following pages a new proposal, kindly drawn up by Paul Saeki, for our constitution. This will give you time to consider the changes before the AGM to be held ·in March 2000. Basicallv the intent is to introduce a new position to deal with moving Dig It into the electronic age by making it an electronic newsletter and to take control of our own web page information that is, at present, difficult to update in the present format. and with the current links to the Department. We will still be trying to keep the Department contact by having a link between that web site and the new Dig It site. The other changes suggested are to be able to offer Life Memberships when deemed appropriate, move the AGM to October, and to elect the committee for the coming year at that time. While the incoming committee would not actually take office till the 1st of the year, they would be able to use the time to familiarise themselves with the workings of the Society before landing in it, as it were, in March when the plans for the new year should already be well underway. I hope you will consider these changes and make sure you attend the AGM in March to vote.

As for next year, we will again be having a stall at enrolment days to introduce incoming students to the joys of the Society. Hopefully there will be a promotional video at that time ready to show. Following that there will be the Fair Day in March which, as I’ve said, will also see the AGM vote later in the month.

Financially we have done quite well this year but I will let our trusty Treasurer give you the good news on this area.

While I cannot comment on the events for next year as they will be in the hands of the new committee of which I will not be a part, I can surmise that many of the events held this year will be repeated. The suggestion is also that a trip, that was to occur at the end of this year to Lake Mungo, be arranged for the early part of 2000, perhaps April or May. You will no doubt be aware that it is more than likely that the National Archaeology Students Conference will be held at Flinders sometime next year. I recommend that you all support this, along with the general student body, as vigorously as possible. While this is not an Archaeological Society run Conference, but rather, as the name suggests, a Students Conference, I am sure the Society will not only support it but assist in any way possible to make it a memorable event. If it is as good as the one in Canberra this year it will be well worth attending.

Speaking of which, all those who attended and presented a paper at a conference should write a note to this effect and drop it into Clubs and Socs or Arch. Society mail box in the Archaeology Office. Cheques will be forwarded in due course.

Yet again I seem to have rambled on but here I will draw the lie and wish you all the best for the coming silly season and the new millennium. Once again thank you to all those that assisted in making this year the success for the Society that it was.


Gordon Copland.


The World According to Quiz Night

Well it has been and gone and a lot of people would have forgotten it but there was actually a quiz night held by the Archaeology Society. A night full of highs and lows and a struggle for good and evil as people jostled for positions ….. at the bar.

For the many contestants who pitted their IQ’s against each other…there were many versions of the truth. For example, one table answered that seman was the secret ingredient in bone china and that the last operating whaling station was in Mark Staniforth’s backyard. Both answers came from the same table, and they know who they are.

Bribery was rife as the score keepers gradually became drunk from the many ‘donations’ the tables kept offering. On reflection. this was probably not a good idea as when it came to tallying up the scores, we were all too drunk to count (I didn’t even try!. … ed). Thankfully Sally May had the bright idea of bringing a calculator; but that still required us to position our fingers over the right buttons. Not an easy task.

After 10 rounds and many games that were played in between, there was an eventual winner. The “Bath Plugs” overcame all, proving that a good bath plug is all you need to get through a degree. (It is? Nobody told me! ed).

Many thanks need to go to Susan Briggs and Sally May for organising the evening, Chris Duncan for being the M.C. on his 6 year wedding anniversary, and Gordon Copland for being … well Gordon.

By Chirstopher Lewczak and Susan Briggs.


Archaeology Society Dinner 29th of October

Thanks to everyone that came. About 55 people turned up. It was also great to see the majority of the teaching staff. What other department do you get to eat oysters with the staff? To all those who booked and didn’t turn up, I know who you are and will be visiting you in the next week. Hope you all had a great evening and forgot about those exams essays piled up at home.

The evening started, for a small number of us, with pre-dinner drinks at the Talbot. We were honoured to have Vincent join us. We were honoured again to have the great ‘Groovy Sound DJ’ playing music (sarcasm detectors should be going off here!)

The ‘after’ dinner drinks were had at the Grace Emily. A light drizzle of rain slowly diluted the cheap champagne but people were more interested in what Paddy was doing with the cow and the fact that Griff had dropped his drink. Blasphemous! (What.. .. the cow business or the drink? ed)

By Susan Briggs.


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 26th of June!

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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Six 1999

By Holly Winter


This post of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ includes three interesting articles from Issue 6 1999 that explore the endeavours of the Flinders ArchSoc and the experience of a student studying overseas.

In ‘Presidential Address’ (1999:3-4), President Gordon Copland discusses the success and activities of the first semester, 1999, for the Flinders University Archaeology Society, with social events like a BBQ in the Botanical Gardens and a trip for first year students to Belair. Many of these events have carried their tradition into the present day, such as fair/market days and the revival of the newsletter.

The second article, ‘Coronation Street on Crack’ by Bianca DiFazio (1999:11-12), explains what it is like to study and live overseas. I found this article particularly interesting, since I went on the same exchange program to the University of Leicester during semester two of 2012. Bianca discusses the history surrounding Leicester and its association with King Richard III, commenting that it would be interesting to locate his remains. While I was at Leicester, the remains of King Richard III were found and were successfully identified earlier this year. It is interesting to hear the thoughts of a past Flinders student living in Leicester where it all happened, considering the parallels between our experiences.

Lastly, Susan Piddock’s (1999:14) ‘The History of the Flinders University Archaeology Society’ unravels the beginnings of the Society. Susan discusses the numerous efforts it had accomplished to provide students with field trips, conference funding, library displays, and an active newsletter.

What is your favourite memory about Flinders, the Archaeology Department and ArchSoc?


Copland, G. 1999 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 6:3-4.

DiFazio, B. Coronation Street on Crack. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 6:11-12.

Piddock, S. The History of the Flinders University Archaeology Society. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 6:14.


Presidential Address

Hi Di Ho Campers,

Well here we are halfway through the year again and before we know it 1999 will be a part of the Archaeological Record. I hope you have enjoyed the activities my hard working committee and myself have put together so far. There is more to come and perhaps a little more organised. We took a bit of time to get going but I feel that it is coming together now. I won’t go into the coming events as they are mentioned later so I will address some of the activities already held and perhaps give you some idea of the direction I hope the Society is taking.

Thanks to the foresight and help of Susan Piddock, our trusty treasurer, the year started with enrolment where pamphlets were given out to the enrollees. This was followed by a stall at Fair Day where we raffled a slab of beer, gave out and sold sausages, had a caption competition and a lucky “sieve your own prize” dip. The latter was not as successful as hoped but the rest went well thanks to the help of club members and particularly chefs and chefets; Chris, Jacob and Donna. Chris, mild mannered reporter for  Dig It, won the caption comp. and in the raffle Bianca won the beer, Tracy the wine and Amy the Zirconia she if oft seen wearing about the Uni. We didn’t make a lot of money but it was a good promotion as well as good fun.

We had the AGM and have had a number of meetings since. I think I will try to get a set day to have these meetings as trying to pick different days has been really difficult. The intention of different days has been to allow as many as possible to attend but it still hasn’t worked. At the meetings we have talked about future activities and funding plus; we had Bianca tell us of work in Archaeology in the UK and her time at Leicester, and a video on Mummies which was kindly lent to us by Gwen Fenton.

Social events so far have been the BBQ at the Botanic Park and with the First Years at Belair as well as an introductory free tea and coffee during the break of the First Year’s lecture. As a new idea some of these events have been recorded on video with the intention of using this as a promotional video for future events and membership recruitment. as for archaeological events we held a trench squares and excavations workshop and although it was not well attended, probably due to the torrential rain, those that did attend seems to enjoy themselves in the comfort of my shed with an ale and a chat. The time was also spent folding the invitations for one of the tow public lectures the Society has co-hosted with the Archaeology Department. I’m sure that those who have attended these lectures will agree that as well as being stimulating, the chance to meet the both Howard Morphy and Michael Morwood plus friends from the Art, Anthropological, Archaeological’, Museum and associated Government and Agency fraternity, makes the events well worth attending . Networking never hurt anyone. There are many thanks to be given to those in the Society who have helped in the preparation of these lectures particularly as the Society i s able to raise funds at these events. Look out for the next two in Semester Two. This semester, through the Archaeology Society and with assistance from the Archaeology Department, Society Members, First Year Students and equipment from the geography Department, I have been able to run an excavation at Chinamans Hut in Waterfall Gully.

This event has provided well needed experience for myself in running such a project from beginning to end. While such events benefit the State Heritage Department, who provided the permits, with the provision of the final report, it was the actual activity of practical experience that benefited the Society members and other students. Under the watchful eye of Trench Supervisor Darren Griffin with the assistance of Bianca DiFazio, plus myself and during the First Year workday Keryn Walshe and our leader Vincent Megaw, we all had a fruitful and enjoyable experience. Even if some were heard to say “please don’t find anything else to record!” and later others had nightmares of setting up squares. With approximately 160 visitors so far and over 60 Society members and students involved, both the Archaeology Society and the Archaeology Department, and others such as the Division of State Aboriginal Affairs and the National Parks who gave approval to the excavation, have gained a wider exposure and well deserved higher profile. It is hoped that the Archaeology Society will he able to provide such experience again in the near future as part of its commitment to providing an avenue for developing skills and implementing the academic knowledge provided by the Archaeology Department.

Which brings me to our future directions for the Society and those, apart from on-going development as previously mentioned, will take the form of; continuing social events, trips and conference funding which can be increased by the funds we can raise, talks and seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and the possibility of considering making this members’ newsletter into a journal, creating an Archaeology Society Badge, and even possibly funding training aids and equipment for the department which ultimately benefits ourselves. So remember if you have any other ideas or suggestions don’t hesitate to pass these on to a Committee member or put them in the Archaeology Society In Box in the office as your input assists our output.

I will close this overly long missive by wishing you all the best for the next semester, hope you enjoyed the last, and the the Committee and myself will see as many of you as possible at future events.


Gordon Copland

President, June 1999


Coronation Street on Crack

Bianca DiFazio

I said I would write an article about my experiences at Leicester University for this edition of Dig It, but as I sit here in front of my computer I am wondering which parts of it to write about. Quite a few of you have tracked me down on the plaza, or in the Tav, to ask me questions about going to Leicester, with the emphasis mainly on the logistics of it. How much will it cost, where will I live, do I need a British passport, and so on. These are, indeed, important questions, and I myself asked them many times over before I left in 1997. However, I think on this occasion I will talk about how it felt to live in Leicester, and how it felt to be a local in an English city.

Leicester itself is pretty interesting. Admittedly you have to look a bit harder for the interesting stuff than you would in, say, Oxford or Bath, but once you start looking beneath the layers of grime that coat all industrial cities in this part of the world, it is quite amazing what you find. Firstly we found the Richard III Society, which acts out the Battle of Bosworth Field every Saturday during the summer. Unlike most other parts of England Leicester has a soft spot for Dirty Dick, and in fact, do not think of him as having been so dirty after all. Which of course he wasn’t. Shakespeare was simply writing propaganda for Elizabeth I, and the stories of Richard’s hump, and his murder of the Princes in the Tower is all pure fiction. In Leicester, Richard is a hero. The Battle of Bosworth field took place just outside the city, and when Henry threw Richard’s body in the River Soar afterwards the local monks of the Greyfriars fished it out and gave it the honourable burial that befits an honourable king. Just as an aside, it should be noted that somewhere under an island of factories in the river the body of Richard III is still buried, but nobody knows where. Exciting thought for an archaeologist, eh? Leicester has some lovely Tudor buildings, also, and it played an important role in the Elizabethan period…

Speaking of Tudor … We lived on Paget Road in Leicestcr (very near the canal and the town) and Paget Road was as offshoot of Tudor Road which had an interesting claim to fame, apart from having our local pub on it (called The Tudor Hotel, surprise, surprise). The claim to fame of Tudor Road was that it was the longest street of connected up terrace houses in the world. It went for miles , rooftop after rooftop, front door after front door, and not a bit of greenery on sight. Still, we lived with a bunch of lads who were great. Big Martin the Geordie, Mike the Hippie, Rich who never stopped looking in the mirror, and Little Martin who had the best grin and would greet people by saying “Eeeasy!” All this and three Australians made for a pretty crowded house, but it could never be said that it was boring.

So Leicester has just as much history as any other English city, more even, and although our area looked like Coronation Street on Crack it was cool. But what was it like to live there and be part of it? I don’t know how to describe it, although, I suppose, it’s like living anywhere. You have good days and bad days, days when you love the place and days when you hate it. One occasion I really hated it was when, during a minor dispute about the volume of next door’s stereo, we had all ore front windows smashed in with a baseball bat. Cheery stuff, however, afterwards we antipodeans all agreed that there was an element of living in an episode of The Bill. The English lads we lived with did not seem nearly so surprised as we were that such a thing had occurred. At the other end of the spectrum there were days that I loved Leicester and didn’t want to leave. When the sun was shining we would head into town along the canal bank for some retail therapy in the excellent Leicester marketplace, and when it was snowing we would head up North Walk to the Uni having snowball fights all the way, and feeding grey squirrels that followed us in the trees above.

So what has this told you about Leicester? Not much probably. Where you live is what you make it. If you still want to know the other stuff, the how and where and who of getting it together to go, just give me a yell next time you see me. But I just want to say, before I finish, that an exchange is the best study year you can give yourself, so if you have the means I highly recommend taking yourself off and doing it.


The History of the Flinders University Archaeology Society

The Flinders University Archaeology Society was born in 1991. At the time the FU. Visual Arts was transforming itself into the Department of Visual Arts and Archaeology with three archaeology courses on offer. In tis first year of operation, the Society actively sought to promote a wide range of activities including study groups, seminars and trips to conferences. One of the first conferences the Society attended was the inaugural Women in Archaeology at Arrnidale. The Society was also active in promoting student access to other institutions to widen the pool of archaeology courses available. From the very beginning, the Society sought to make its own links with archaeological departments and individuals outside of the University as these people are an important resource.

Over the last eight years the Society has been very active in trying to get students access to field work. With the then State Heritage (now Heritage SA) Maritime Unit the Society helped excavate a dry dock at Mannum in 1994 and provided written reports to the Unit on the work done. This helped identify the Society as an important part of the Flinders University archaeology culture. The Society has undertaken field trips regularly, including those to Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges in 1996-97 so that students could see archaeological sites outside of the text books. Over the last eight years, Flinders archaeology students have contributed to a wide range of excavations run by consultants and department staff. The Society has fulfilled the important role of being a conduit linking theory with practice.

The Society has regularly contributed large contingents of students to conferences and helped run the Australian Archaeological Association Conference held in SA – showing that, if there is a way, we will be there!

For the last four years or so the Society has regularly held archaeolgy displays in the F.U. Library. These are major undertakings and are based on the work of students. In 1997 and 1998 the Society played host to groups of school students touring the Dig It exhibition organised by lecturers and students as a component of their Museum Studies course. Also, over these last four years the Society began a simple newsletter which has developed into something more substantial. Complete with photos and graphics, the publication goes out, not only to Flinders students but a wide range of archaeology professionals.

Susan Piddock.


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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Five 1998 (NASC Edition)

By Leah Puletama

Controversy abounds in this issue of Dig It, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bit of controversy? The President’s message opens with a very positive view of the Society, ‘known as a group of students without parallels to be found in any other similarly focused student body in Australia’ (Richards 1998:2), a lofty self assessment indeed.

The Editorial does not share the Presidential assessment and questions are raised about the decision for the Society to assist ‘select members from the society to attend conferences’ (Saeki et al. 1998:2). Balancing spending money with raising money, as well as satisfying a diverse membership, isn’t always easy and is a continuing issue in any group.

The two articles on the National Archaeology Students Conference (Stankowski 1998:10; May and Richards 1998:11), or NASC, are timely for current students and recent graduates. I suggest you take note of that acronym, since we are in the preliminary stages of NASC planning for 2014. Some of you may also notice familiar names in the Flinders delegation.

Finally, the Letter to the Editor (Anon 1998:19), again questions the NASC funding decision of the Society. Hopefully, as the host University, this may be one controversy we will be able to avoid. Happy reading.


Anonymous 1998 Letter to the Editor. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 5:19.

May, S. and N. Richards 1998 National Archaeology Students Conference. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 5:11.

Richards, N. 1998 President’s Message. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 5:2.

Saeki, P., C. De Leiuen and C. Duncan 1998 Editorial. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 5:2.


President’s Message

1998 has been a successful albeit different year in the society’s history. We have seen for instance a greater emphasis on the archaeological side of the coin with a concentration on making ourselves known nationally.

By December of this year members of our society will have attended the majority of major archaeological conferences in Australia in 1998. We can now justify ourselves in the belief that we are known as a group of students without parallels to be found in any other similarly focused student body in Australia. The experience of these events to all involved will have long-standing benefits personally and professionally.

Despite some criticism, I still believe that the decision to send a large body of students to a National Archaeology Students conference was a good move. The networks that were set up for individuals and for the society as a whole are already starting to be seen with requests for articles to be submitted to the newsletters and publications of other Archaeology Societies interstate. Although a major goal of our exodus to Canberra in September of hosting the conference was not achieved, the possibility of the society hosting our own Archaeology conference is something that I personally think is worthwhile. Such a commitment is undoubtedly huge and really only requires a group of hard working and dedicated individuals willing to give it a go (and a little bit of money of course). It must also be remembered that the good publicity we have gained for ourselves we have also gained for our University and department. This is something that we can pat ourselves on the back for. The society continues to be an asset to and effective ambassador for the Archaeology department, not only because of our support of events such as the ‘DigBox’ but also our contributions in making Archaeology at Flinders University seen to be productive, worthwhile as well as entertaining. The fact that the society took on the responsibility of organising and carrying out a teaching excavation is something that proves our commitment to the furthering of our University as a major centre for the study of archaeology in Australia.

On a purely social level the society has also accomplished much, with record attendance to the Annual Society Dinner and the Annual Society Barbecue. All of our other social events, have additionally been successful with good attendance to our other barbeques, the Inferno Band night, the Honours and postgraduate dinner and Pub- Crawl.

I would like to thank all of those people who have gone out of their way to attend our events this year. It must be said that these are the people who have singlehandedly created all of our successes in 1998.

Nathan Richards



The archaeology society, last seen/heard of 1998?

The year kicked off strongly with a broad membership on campus and plenty of capital and resources for new and exciting ventures. 1997 was a very good year for the society in terms of student involvement, increased membership and generating capital through fund raisers, the establishment of annual social events such as the ‘Digger’s Plate’ (against F.U. Palaeontology) and the development of ‘Dig It’. Much of the momentum that was generated in 1997 flowed onto the first semester 1998 carrying the society into the new year.

What happened after that?

The editors aren’t entirely sure. Meetings were not well advertised and apparently there were over zealous handouts of society money (over $1,000) to fund select members from the society to attend conferences (the outcomes of which are in this publication). It was decided by the current incumbents that the ‘Digger’s Plate’ be either scrapped or a ‘tennis ball’ cricket match be played in a local park instead. The outcry of scrapping the ‘Digger’s Plate’ resounded amongst the rank and file who thought the idea was ‘rank’. The primary reason for this was largely due to financial problems within the society, as most of the capital generated in 1997 and funding grants from Clubs and Societies went on financing the student conference trips. There was barely enough money in the bank to put this issue of ‘Dig It’ together, let alone the review issue due to come out in February of 1999. But fortunately the cricket match is still on, thanks to a small but determined number of members forcing it through, even though some committee members had decided to ‘wash their hands’ of involvement.

The lack of fund raising activities of the current incumbents, contrasted to their level of expenditure is the major point of criticism on the behalf of the editors. While various advantages have been generated by showing a strong attendance at the conferences, it has placed the society in a much more difficult position for 1999 for the new president and committee.

Paul Saeki
Cherrie De Leiuen
Chris Duncan


National Archaeological Students Conference

This year marked the first National Archaeological Students conference held at the Australian National University from the 28th to the 30th of September. A large group of 18 people from Flinders attended this conference with some presenting papers. The conference was held so students could gain experience in presenting papers in an informal environment without the pressures of renowned academics shouting at them. It was hoped the experience gained would allow students to go on in the future to present papers elsewhere with greater confidence. The conference also highlighted the diverse range of topics researched by fellow students.

The conference was held in the highly exciting capital of pornography- Canberra, and while none of us go to see any porn (not for want of trying), we did all get to visit Parliament House (yeah). Other exciting places visited by Flinders students included the War Memorial, Telstra Tower, the Markets and quite a few dodgy bars, pubs and restaurants.

The organisation and effort put into the conference by the participating students and the volunteer committee was impressive. Each day was split into four sessions, featuring three to six speakers. These sessions were arranged around specific theme such as stone tools or skeletal analysis. Six students representing Flinders University- Cassandra Philippou, Simon Coote, Nathan Richards, Tim Owen, Phi Czerwinski and Stewart Gregory presented papers, with the award for best presentation (a six pack) going to Tim for his extraordinarily vibrant, last minute live action performance on gendered cranial deformity.

Two dinners were arranged as part of the conference for the students. One was an informal pizza night in the bar at ANU where the other students were badly beaten at drinking and pool playing. The other dinner was a more formal arrangement at a local Thai restaurant where Rhys Jones, the guest speaker, gave a highly informative and entertaining talk on archaeology today. After the meal, revelry continued at a bar conveniently located below our hotel, making it easy to stagger home after we beat the other universities at drinking again.

The conference was concluded with a plenary discussion where the details of next years conference venue was talked about. The possibility of Flinders holding a conference was raised and is still being debated.

While the other Flinders delegates left Canberra in the days after the conference, for the people in Nuggets car, that is, when things all went horribly wrong. On attempting to leave, the Budgie Bus had an absolute spit and both rear wheel bearings had to be replaced as well as the rear axle. This meant we had to stay in Canberra an extra two days and did not leave for the ASHA conference until the night before it started, but that trip is another story.

Katrina Stankowski


National Archaeological Students Conference

From the 28th – 30th September eighteen students of archaeology at all stages of their study at Flinders University participated in the inaugural National Archaeology Students conference hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra. The students in attendance were:

Karen Atherton, Kirsten Brett, Susan Briggs, Greg Carver, Simon Coote, Stewart Gregory, Katherine Henderson, Justine Hobbs, Andrew Hoffmann, Chris Langelluddecke, Sally May, Tim Owen, Adam Patterson, Cynthia Pearce, Cassandra Philippou, Nathan Richards, Katrina Stankowski, Jody Steele. Also in attendance was Flinders archaeology graduate Phil ‘Ski’.

The papers of the conference ranged from subjects such as “U2 and the potential of urban archaeology” to more ‘archaeological’ papers such as “The first stage rehabilitation of a family of gibbons”(!!!). In all 46 students from second year up presented papers including six from Flinders. Although Flinders did not win any of the major advertised prizes, Tim Owen won the auspicious ‘winging it’ prize of a six pack of tooheys blue for an impromptu foray into “artificial cranial deformation”. Flinders University students outnumbered other university’s students six to one and were widely commended for their enthusiasm in all aspects of conference ‘goings on’ (including the after hours entertainment).

The last session of the conference involved a discussion on the future of the National Students Conference. Though there was some disagreement on whether the conference should be moved and when it should be scheduled, most Flinders students agreed they learnt much from the experience and will most probably return to Canberra next year.

Sally May & Nathan Richards


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editors,

While I believe that sending a large delegate of students to the recent conferences in Canberra and Sydney was a great reflection of the society, the decision to reimburse these students however, was a poor one.

Surely these students all were volunteers, and most likely gained great experience by participating in or observing a conference. If these students could not afford to go, like many of us that could not, then it was not up to the society to pay for them.

Membership is $5, receiving $50 each from the society is certainly a good incentive for joining! Those members that made the decision to hand out this money should be accountable to the ten members of the society who paid their $5 to support one student to have a holiday.

It was also not a fair decision considering that two students, convening at another conference have to pay their own way to get to, stay at and register for this conference with no assistance from the society as there simply are not enough funds left.


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