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.

http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/postgrad-programs/master-classes/master-classes_home.cfm

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.

Dig It, News

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)

Dig It, News

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.

Sincerely,

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

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

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

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

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

References

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

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

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Presidential Address

Hi All

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Carver

President.

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HISTORY- HERTORY- THEIRTORY

Brief background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society

Written and compiled by Gordon Copland

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

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

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

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

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

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Check out the past Executive list here.