Events, Field Work, News

Total Station and GPS Workshop 23/08/14

This Saturday, the 23rd of August, ArchSoc is holding a Total Station workshop for financial members. The workshop will take place at the Flinders University Campus, Bedford Park starting at 10:00am and finishing at 2:00pm. Lunch will be Pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of ArchSoc after the workshop. There will be coffee and tea available during the morning.

Workshop Programme:

Demonstration of the use of a Total Station by Rob Koch

Demonstration of the use of ArchSoc’s Garmin Rino GPS units by Jordan Ralph.

The workshop is restricted to 8-10 people, so be quick and register. Undergraduates are highly encouraged to attend.

This is a unique opportunity to work with experts in their field in a one on one situation​. The workshop will go ahead no matter what the weather. There is no cost to participants as the demonstrators are kindly donating their time and expertise.

To register please contact Dianne Riley.

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.

Events, Meet the Archaeologists Night

Meet the Archaeologists Night 2013

As part of About Time: South Australia’s History Festival (#AT2013) and National Archaeology Week (#NAW13), the Flinders ArchSoc is hosting another Meet the Archaeologists Night (#MTAN13). Last year, over 80 people attended the event and came out in support of About Time, NAW and South Australian Heritage in general to hear presentations by South Australian archaeologists.

The archaeologists, including Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Dr Robert Stone and Ms Catherine Bland of the Flinders University Archaeology Department and Associate Professor Neale Draper of Australian Cultural Heritage Management Pty Ltd, will give an exclusive insight into their exciting projects, such as the archaeology of early Dutch maritime explorers, excavations at Pella, Jordan, the analysis of Indigenous stone artefacts, and cultural heritage management. The audience will have the chance to hear about these projects, meet the presenters and ask questions about their research.

Professor Claire Smith, Head of the Flinders University Archaeology Department said that it is important to increase public understandings of Australian archaeology. ‘We all read about Classical and Middle-eastern archaeology, but how many Australians really know what projects are happening in their own backyard?’ Professor Smith asked. ‘It’s fantastic that the Flinders ArchSoc is going to such lengths to ensure this issue is overcome’.

Mr Andrew Wilkinson, President of the Archaeological Society said that the purpose of this event is to open the dialogue between the public and archaeologists. ‘This is a rare opportunity for people to connect with real archaeologists and find out what we really do, because archaeologists are often depicted by Hollywood as adventurers and treasure seekers and developers see archaeology as a hindrance to progress. The reality of archaeological adventure is very much different to these perceptions. This event is an opportunity to uncover the benefits communities gain from archaeological work, to unearth the variety of skills and techniques we employ on sites, and discover where South Australian archaeologists are working in Australia and around the globe’, Mr Wilkinson said. ‘This will be the second time we have held a ‘Meet the Archaeologists Night’, last year we had over 90 people attend and come out in support of About Time, National Archaeology Week and archaeology in general’.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend this event, which will be held in North Theatre 1, Humanities Road, Flinders University, Bedford Park between 6.30pm and 9pm on Friday 24th of May. Light refreshments will be provided and bookings are required by contacting Nessa Beasley on 0422 065 405 or

What Meet the Archaeologists Night

When 6.30-9pm Friday 24th May

Where North Theatre 1, Humanities Road, Flinders University, Bedford Park

Twitter: #MTAN13

National Archaeology Week runs from 19 – 25 May 2013

About Time is held from 1 – 31 May 2013.

Here are some photos from last year’s event:

Events, Meet the Archaeologists Night

Meet the Archaeologists Night

Last year over 80 people attended MTAN and learnt about historical archaeology, maritime archaeology, Indigenous archaeology, contemporary archaeology and world archaeology from South Australian archaeologists. This year will no doubt be as successful, insightful and entertaining.

Meet the Archaeologists Night is an evening of presentations by South Australian archaeologists, including maritime, historical and Indigenous archaeology. Audience members can have the chance to meet the presenters and ask questions about their research and the exciting projects they have been involved with. Details about presenters will be released soon.

People of all ages welcome. Bookings are required.

When and where:

Friday 24 May, 6.30 pm
Lecture Theatre North 1, North Ridge Precinct, Flinders University, Bedford Park


Andrew Wilkinson
0400 778 098
Nessa Beasley
0422 065 405
Archaeology Revealed, Events

Archaeology Revealed

ArchSoc is helping to run an event at the South Australian Maritime Museum on Sunday 19th May. Archaeology Revealed is an interactive workshop on history and archaeology of Port Adelaide. There will be hands-on activities: great for kids!

Learn about the history and archaeology of Port Adelaide. See a 1:1 reconstructed of a trench showing layers of soil and artefacts excavated by archaeologists. This interactive workshop includes hands-on activities for kids; have a go at piecing plates back together, see if you can identify artefacts found during excavations or try your hand at archaeological drawing.

When and where:

Sunday 19 May, 11 am – 3 pm
Marquee in front of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 119 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide


Emily Jateff
(08) 8207 6255
Events, News

Special General Meeting: 2nd May 2013

By Holly Winter
I am glad to announce that there will be an ArchSoc Special General Meeting open to all members on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 4:45pm after the seminar series in Humanities Room 133. I have attached a copy of the agenda (SGMAgenda2May) for this Special General Meeting to this post, as well as a copy of the proposed changes (ProposedConstitutionalChanges) to the constitution of the Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSocConstitution31052012), so that everyone can have a look before the meeting.
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, send an email to myself ( outlining who you are nominating to vote on your behalf. We will verify your membership and the membership of your proxy. Only Fee-paying, Associate and Life Members are eligible to vote and act as a proxy. Proxies will only be accepted if ArchSoc has received notification of this by midday Thursday 2 of May. A single member can only act as a proxy for six other members. Principals (the name given to those members that nominate that have nominated a proxy) are counted in the quorum for the meeting.
If there are any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me on <>. I hope to see you all at the meeting!