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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.

From the Dig It Archives

From the Dig It Archives: Issue Eight 2000

By Vanessa P. Sullivan


Do all of you remember how you welcomed in the new Millennium? Remember Y2K? Remember the ArchSoc’s involvement with the excavation at Birdwood? No? Well, we cannot help you remember what you did that year, but fortunately our archives were not affected by the Y2K bug and are in order; thus, we are able to remind you exactly what ArchSoc did. This post of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ includes two articles from Issue 8 2000 that allow us to flash-back 13 years ago and have a look at the ArchSoc’s undertakings as well as learn about a former ArchSoc student’s experience!

Greg Carver’s ‘Presidential Address’ (2000:1), provides insight as to just how much the Archaeology Society has grown over the years: In 2000 the society was veering on the 100 member mark; today, ArchSoc is 160 members plus, and growing! Carver reviews the Semester 1 society events, such as a BBQ, the club fair day, adventures at the Birdwood excavation, and more. Carver also plans for Semester 2 by encouraging conference involvement. Although there have been changes to ArchSoc over the years, Carver’s forthright advice still holds true: “get your butt into gear and get involved” (2000:1).

In the article, ‘Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective’ (2000:9-10), Jen Rodrigues discusses her experience at Flinders University as an international student, how she came to choose archaeology as her major, and the influence her peers and professors had on her world-view. As I am an international student myself, this article resonated with me; however, even for the Adelaide locals reading along, there is value in Rodrigues’ introspection: no matter what brings you to Flinders University and the ArchSoc community, remember to savour the moment; “after all, how often do we realise what we should value until the moment we discover we no longer have it?” (2000:10).


Carver, G.  2000 Presidential Address. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 8:1.

Rodrigues, J.  2000 Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 8:9-10.


Presidential Address

Well here it is, the first Dig-It for the new millennium. So tar the year has proved eventful for the Archaeology Society and the rest of the year should be more so. We have already held the welcome barbecue, had a good response to the fair day, held an extremely wet and cold excavation at Birdwood and the society has been involved in catering for the public lectures.

The club is approaching one hundred members this year, which must be getting close to a record for the Arch Soc. By the way if we reach the magical figure of one hundred we get extra funding for all the good stuff from club and societies so tell all and sundry to join up.

If you don’t already know there are heaps of opportunities for participating in workshops and field trips in the second semester so get your butt into gear and get involved. The sign up forms for these workshops are outside the Archaeology Office in SSS.

This year Flinders Uni is holding the National Archaeology Students Conference (NASC) in November. The Archaeology Society is assisting with the conference and is looking for help to make this the best yet. If you would like to be involved please let the committee know and we will find something for you to do. You can access the NASC Web page through the Archaeology home page. Adelaide is hosting the joint ASHA/AIMA conference in November/December this year so the festive season is certainly going to be busy.

By the way those Archaeology Society T -Shirts are in the pipeline again so keep your eye out. That’s enough from me for now so here’s hoping you had a groovy first semester, a better break and have an even groovier second semester.

Cheers for now

Greg Carver

June 2000


Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective.

A suggestion was made to me to write about my experiences as an international student. The following is what I can recall given the short space of time.

In the four years ( 1996-1999) I had been at Flinders, I have never regretted my move to Adelaide or undertaking a major in Archaeology. Perhaps unlike most international students, I had been in the country twice before traveling around the western state to see parts of it and meet some of its people. I liked it from the start and decided it had a culture with which I was comfortable and to which I was attracted. As for Archaeology, this decision came later, but before I resigned from my last permanent job in preparation to move to Adelaide. This decision, in other words, was made before I arrived at Flinders.

I had always looked forward to this move: an opportunity to return to studying as well as experience a different lifestyle and culture. I perceived Adelaide as having a slower pace of life that would be easier for me to live in; a place that would provide me with the personal space I needed and longed for and an opportunity to live independently; a place that would be more affordable than most other capital cities in Australia.

My only other concern was the choice of major sequences and their impact on my carer. It was always at that back of my mind if Archaeology (Sociology being my other major) was an intelligent choice and worth all the time and money I was putting in. On occasion, the thought still enters my mind. However, on hindsight, I believe it gave me one of the best chances of making the most of my stay in Australia. The fieldwork aspect of the course provided the outdoor opportunities for work and study that I enjoy. It also allowed me to see parts of the state or country at the same time. My classmates, who went through to complete their degree with me, were all Australians. In some ways, I was reminded of my being different whilst in others, I had the unique opportunity to meet some of the best people I could ever have met, lecturers and students included. This, in my opinion, is one of the best and most meaningful things in life. After all, there is hardly and point in traveling all the way to a foreign country and missing the opportunity of learning a different culture by finding security only in the company of those from your own country or region.

Undertaking casual work was another experience I enjoyed while at Flinders. However, easily the best part of my entire stay in this country was the travels I made during the semester and term breaks. I decided that being in the country already gave me the best and most economical chance to see parts of it I had not already seen. It was also during these travels that I had the opportunity to meet some of the best people I have ever met.

I remember a Dutch traveler I met I north Queensland in the summer of ’97. Sitting down near Mission Beach he chose to share with me stories of how he had traveled for a year once before and upon returning to Holland how he had found difficulty in adapting to his lifestyle back home. Hence, his choice to travel again and, this time, in Australia. His story had an effect on me, leaving me to consider how I was going to adapt to my previous lifestyle. I somehow came to the conclusion that it must surely be the person who changes and not so much his or her home country that no longer seems the same. I had been keen to move to Adelaide and had enjoyed almost all my moments in Australia. But suddenly, it dawned on me that I may have changed as a person – perhaps more than I realised or wanted to. I still wonder about my experiences, and how these may have changed me in more ways that I could have ever imagined.

It was suggested to me that I write this article describing my experiences of being an international student. Admittedly, I initially found the concept amusing but realised, on hindsight, that perhaps it is not that much of a laughing matter after all. In all, however, I am glad to be able to say that I enjoyed my years in Adelaide and Flinders. I miss it, especially now that I am no longer there. After all, how often do we realise what we should value until the moment we discover we no longer have it?

Jen Rodrigues


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Apologies for the delay in bringing this post to you. We thought that we would get maximum exposure and readership if we waited until the start of semester two when everyone was back from field work.

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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.


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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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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Four 1998

By Antoinette Hennessy

Due to a few technical errors (mostly regarding our Domain upgrade from flindersarchsoc.com to flindersarchsoc.org), this week’s instalment of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ is a little late.

Take a step back in time to an early account of the Burra Field trip in 1998, when Mark Staniforth was still a lecturer at Flinders, and Claire Smith was still in the country. If you missed Peter Birt’s recent seminar on his own research on the very dugouts mentioned, here’s a brief introduction. This is followed by an article by Cherie De Leiuen, who presents some interesting findings on gender distributions among archaeology students at Flinders University, focussing on higher degrees in particular. She then opens discussion on why women do not appear to strive for higher degrees and consequently careers in archaeology. Further studies in gender distributions in archaeology have since been conducted up to recent years, including Ulm et al. (2005), Smith and Burke (2006), and Ulm et al. (2013) to name a few, although these tend to focus on practising archaeologists than students. Ulm et al. (2013), in fact, have found that women earn an average of AUD$14,321 less than men – could it be that there is a lack of financial incentive as De Leiuen proposes even up until now? Is there something else? It would be interesting to conduct this same study again on current Flinders archaeology students and compare the results with those from 15 years ago.


 Smith, C. and H. Burke 2006 Glass ceilings, glass parasols and Australian academic archaeology. Australian Archaeology 62:12-25.

 Ulm, S., S. Nichols and C. Dalley 2005 Mapping the shape of contemporary Australian archaeology: implications for archaeology teaching and learning. Australian Archaeology 61:11-23.

 Ulm, S., G. Mate, C. Dalley and S. Nichols 2013 A working profile: the changing face of professional archaeology in Australia. Australian Archaeology 76:34-43.


Message from the Chair

Yes! Its Here – The much anticipated first Dig-It for 1998, ready to be earnestly read and snapped up by eager little archaeologists, and treasure hunters alike.

1998 will surely be a great year for the society, with record number of members who will be able to take advantage of the ‘grand plans’ already dreamed up in the depraved minds of die-hard archsoc lunatics. Already we have had the annual Barbeque (with record numbers), the Post-Grad and Honours Dinner, the ‘Inferno’ Band Night (with Brewers, Live Bands and Psychology Clubs), and the numerous faculty-run field trips.

Members have already travelled from as close as ‘Jervois Basin’, Port Adelaide to as far away as the Burra Dug-Outs and Panaramittee station in the north. Many more activities like this are being planned for this year, all we need is your enthusiasm and interest. A variety of other events are also in the pipeline, from our August excavation in Strathalbyn to our conference participation at National Students Conference in Canberra, ASHA in Sydney in September/October and AAA in Valla Beach Resort in December. A feature of this year will hopefully be our FUN-draising activities which will go towards subsidising/paying for members in conference travel or for society events.

I’d like to thank last year’s executives who have set us up with a great base on which to build a strong, cohesive archaeology society, and in particular those involved with Dig It which has become a focal point for society activities. So, in conclusion, and in the words of our much-loved ex-President ‘See you in the Tavern’.

Nathan Richards

Principal Editors
Paul Rapita
Cherrie De Leiuen
Cassandra Philippou
Editing crew
Chris Langeluddecke
Julie Ford
Chris Duncan


Burra Field Trip

From April 13 to 17, students from the Arch 3302 Field Methods class, under the supervision of Mark Staniforth, Tim Anson and Claire Smith, conducted a pre-disturbance survey of dugout sites in Burra.

This field trip marks what will hopefully be the start of a 3 year project to study the archaeology of Burra, with the objective of also enhancing the tourism value of this historic town. Flinders University Archaeology, with the support of the Goyder Regional Council, the Burra Branch of the National Trust of South Australia and the Mid-North Development Board, are currently awaiting the approval of a supplementary grant, through the Australian Post Graduate Award (Industry) scheme, which will allow work to progress.

Essentially the dugouts are habitations dug into the creeks banks, consisting of a number of rooms, reinforced by whatever materials were to hand. Some rooms had walls of random rubble construction, while others are simply cave-like holes. The walls were originally mud-plastered (evidence of which is visible) and lime washed, which would have made the dugouts more livable than they now appear.

There are three existing dugouts at Blyth St on a secondary arm of the Burra Creek, which was surveyed by the students. Each dugout became the domain of one group for the week and became the scenes of much measuring, plotting, photographing and just a little swearing. This was in part a teaching exercise, but will also provide valuable data that will provide a benchmark for future research.

Coinciding with the feverish and partially subterranean activity at Blyth St, was a more sedate and far more technologically advanced survey, at Mitchell Flat on the banks of Burra Creek.

This site contains numerous collapsed dugouts, which were the victims of periodic floods and natural attrition. Tim Anson, who is intending to do his doctoral research there was aided by students in a systematic survey of this extensive site.

Cultural material was observed in and around the dugout sites, some of which appear to have been quite large. At the northern end of Mitchell Flat, adjacent to the site of the Pig and Whistle Hotel, which itself is no more than a depression now, a large amount of ceramic, glass and other material was found eroding out of the creek’s bank.

Cultural Tourism students from Flinders under the direction of Jane James, also participated in the weeks work, providing an interpretive service in the form of a pamphlet and as guides for visitors at the Blyth St site. This site is a popular stop for visitors in the area and a large number passed through the site during the week, which also provided Archaeology students with valuable experience in Public Archaeology.

The weeks activities were recorded for posterity on video by Paul Rapita, although periodic calls for make-up were ignored. Paul hopes to produce a short documentary as part of his honours degree, which deals with the heritage value that archaeology can produce for ordinary punters, who after all unbeknownst to them, pay for most it.

Recreation in Burra is a little limited, but a nocturnal visit to some of Burra’s heritage attractions, the Brewery Cellars, Redruth Gaol and the cemetery was fascinating, as was the quick tour undertaken on the Friday prior to departing, of the Hampton township, along with a tour of the site where the smelters once stood, as well as the remaining engine houses located at the mine.

Lastly, considering the potentially ongoing nature of Flinders involvement with Burra, a quick pub guide is probably not inappropriate. The Royal Exchange which was about one stagger from the Old Courthouse Hotel (unfortunately no longer operating in this capacity) where we stayed is good for a quiet drink.


Gender Games: Do the men still win in archaeology?

According to statistics provided by DEET in 1993, women constitute over 50% of students at all universities in Australia. But what about archaeology- and how does Flinders compare? Are the commonly held beliefs that women earn and work less than men accurate for our field?

Visibility in Academia

The last decade has seen an explicit attempt by universities to increase the number of women to enrol and progress through faculties. We may all remember campaigns in high school to encourage ‘girls’ to gain an interest in traditionally male fields such as engineering. Data available on the distribution of the sexes in archaeology show that these campaigns may not be as effective as the promotion implied.

At undergraduate level, relatively well researched data indicates a balance slightly towards female numbers for archaeology at a national and international level. (Beck: 1994)

This holds true for Flinders University (see Figure 1) with women being 56% of undergraduates in first year, 55% for second year and 62% for third year in 1998.

Figure 1
Figure 1

However it is the higher levels of study that need to be examined closely. There is a serious disparity when comparing the gender balance of Honours students with that of those in higher positions. This year at Flinders the balance in Honours is even (48% men to 52% women) – but according to trends exposed in 1994, 40% of women who achieve Honours degrees do not go on to further study as compared to 90% of men who do make professional careers in archaeology (Goulding & Buckley: 1994).

Figure 2 represents this same disparity for Flinders in 1998 – with an increased number of men in postgraduate study. Only 40% of higher degree students in archaeology at Flinders are female. The reasons for the women’s poor numbers are complex – could they include the fact that scholarships are a necessity for higher education and that these are determined by the Faculty? Or is it that women have less confidence in their ability to succeed, or less motivation, or have less support generally?

There are other important issues which need to be considered. Firstly, the gender of post-graduates who are recruited for teaching and research (and who also are practitioners and policy makers) will impact upon the value given to gender studies in archaeology. This is particularly important given that it is post-graduates who nurture the theoretical and methodological direction of archaeology departments.

For the healthy development of the discipline it is essential that archaeology departments incorporate both women and men at all levels. This is important not only in terms of theoretical input but also in terms of having role models for both genders and warming up the ‘chilly climate’ that many women feel in academia.

A related issue concerns the current restructuring of higher education. This is mostly dictated by economic motives and women’s positions in academia, which cluster at low levels of the hierarchy, need to be monitored in relation to ongoing reform processes.

Figure 2
Figure 2

Beyond the PhD

Perhaps a reason for women not striving for careers in archaeology in the past is the lack of financial incentive. Concerning income, the mean annual income for women in archaeology is $25, 290 vs $28, 550 for men in 1994, with 31% of qualified women earning less than $17, 500 per annum (see Goulding and Buckley: 1994).

The recent study ‘Gender Pay Equity in Australian Higher Education, conducted by RMIT found female academics earn $220 a week less than their male colleagues . This is not because women suffer discrimination at application level. They are less likely to receive promotions, however, and often have to take time off for family leave, which impinges upon their ability to pursue long-term research projects. This lack of promotion is related to the fact that less women have Ph.Ds (a catch 22 situation?)

General female staff are also more often classified at HEO levels 3 and 4, with men on 6 and 7 – even though people working in these positions often carry the same amount of responsibility. There appears to be a threshold of 20% for women in Faculties (that glass ceiling again!). Flinders follows this average – with 83% men vs 17% women on staff. These positions held by women in academia are also likely to be untenured ladder positions.

However, it should be noted that the samples sizes on which the above are based are small and a longtitudinal study is required in order to assess whether these gender inequities are transitory or entrenched.

The final word – while affirmative action may argue for equality, the data demonstrates women are still in the minority. Although there are more women in the ranks there is no room for complacency! For further reading: “Equity Issues for Women in Archaeology ” Nelson, Nelson & Wylie (eds) 1994.

Written by: Cherie De Leiuen

Graphs: Donna Flood


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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Three 1998

By Nessa Beasley

For the third post of Flinders ArchSoc’s ‘From the Dig It Archives’, we have three interesting articles from 1998 (Issue 3) for your viewing.

In ‘Message from the Chair’ (1998:2) President Matthew Rice discusses the popularity and success of the newsletter’s first two issues from the previous year (when Dig It was introduced). Rice extends a thank you to the many contributors to the development of the newsletter by the Society’s members – a valuable source from which the contemporary Dig It continues to amass much of its content.

In the second piece, ‘The Diggers Plate’, the results of the annual cricket match between the Palaeontology Society and the Archaeology Society are comically relayed. This cricket match for the ‘diggers plate’, between since-forever arch nemeses, was once an annual tradition that ArchSoc would like to revive, but watch this space…

And finally, we have found an article from this issue about our very own, Claire Smith. The ‘Staff Profile: Claire Smith’ welcomes Claire to Flinders, provides a background to Claire’s arrival and details some of her achievements and research interests. More importantly, the article suggests that happiness may lie with a Dalmation called Blot…

Happy readings; and don’t forget, comments are welcomed below and discussion is encouraged! In fact…here’s a start-  would you like to:

a)      play in a cricket match against the palaeo’s


b)      at least watch and laugh at archaeo’s trying to hit things fast? (e.g. cricket balls, palaeo’s…etc)


c)      does anyone have a Dalmation called Blot we can borrow?

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Flinders University Archaeology Society 1998 Staff Profile: Claire Smith. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:16-17.

Flinders University Archaeology Society 1998 The Diggers Plate: The Annual Archaeology vs. Palaeontology Cricket Match. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:3-4.

Rice, M. 1998 Message from the Chair. Dig It: Newsletter of the Flinders Archaeological Society 3:2.


Message from the chair

Well here it is, the third, final and most voluminous edition of Dig It for 1997. Its pages, packed as they are with archaeological intrigue reflect the many activities in which the Society has been involved throughout the year.

While the Society has continued to hold the more traditional events such as B.B.Q.s, field trips and dinners, we have also been driven by the desire to make the Society bigger, better and more inviting to students and staff. To achieve this end it was decided that a tri annual Newsletter was needed to market the Society and provide valuable information and gossip to its members. The first edition of Dig It, proved to be extremely successful at achieving this goal with copies quickly being snapped up. (Recent reports suggest that the first edition of Dig It is now considered an endangered species!). The second issue of Dig It was released in August. The demand for this edition exceeded all expectations and additional copies were required to appease the masses! Of course none of this would have been possible without the dedication of the Societies many members and I would like to thank all those who generously donated their time and expertise either in the writing of articles or in the general production of Dig It.

Lastly I would like to thank Sue Booth, Marilyn Graham and Phil Weeks from Clubs and Societies for all their help during the year and just for putting up with us.

There is no doubt 1997 has been a great year for the Society, and it has been a pleasure to work with such an ambitious team of people. See you all in the Tavern!

Mathew Rice

Principal Editors: Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice

Editing crew: Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice; Chris Langeluddecke; Katrina Stankowski; Julie Ford; Simone Dalgairnf; Peter Birt; Vincent Megaw; Claire Smith; Mark Staniforth; Donald Pate

Contributions: Paul Rapita; Vincent Megaw; Claire Smith; Chris Langeluddecke; Katrina Stankowski; David Bartholomeusz; Nathan Richards



The onset of 1997 witnessed the ascension of an ambitious committee to the Archaeology Society, and having reflected upon what was achieved throughout the year, I feel that the Archaeology Society as a Campus organisation has matured, as have the committee members at its helm. Efforts to accomplish what has been achieved, while driven by a small handful has been largely supported by the broader members of the Society, without whose support, very little would have been possible. Since the Society’s inception some four years ago, there have been regular newsletters, however 1997 saw the development of a new format (an example of which is currently within your palms) for Dig It and I hope that the momentum behind last year’s publications is maintained. The Clubs and Societies Office (undercroft, beneath the Tavern) has a number of resources available, including computers, scanners and photocopies, which are accessible to everyone who wishes to get involved in the production of future editions of Dig it, to make full use of these facilities. Additional resources include the internet, where the Dig It E-mail address can be reached. It takes considerable tenacity and determination to produce a newsletter, and requires broad level communication, and the ability to hound people ruthlessly. Not to be deterred, the contacts, the skills and experience acquired have made it very rewarding.

Thanks to all previous contributions.

Paul Rapita


The Digger’s Plate: The annual Archaeology vs Palaeontology Cricket match

The inaugural Digger’s Plate inter-society Cricket match was played on the University Cricket Grounds between the much pouted Palaeontology Society and the eager beavers from the Archaeology Society, on Sunday morning, in the middle of October 1997.

Conditions were sensational on the day, fine and warm with a light breeze, from the south.

The Archaeology Society fielded a confident but down on practice team, captained by Tim Anson, looking absolutely marvellous in all the equipage that 90’s cricket could offer an aspiring wicket keeper.

F. U. A. S won the toss and chose to bat first. Our strategy was a simple one – get our members to the pitch, before the beer got to them. Apparently batting is much harder under the influence than fielding. Hang overs of course constituted an area that we had no measure of, rarely expressed but implied by grunts and groans; and there were many of those.

Howz That ? Phil opened our batting line up with Jacob, and quickly discovered the pitch was a little damp, making it very difficult to read. Phil scored a whopping 18 runs before being bowled out, outlasting Jacob who was bowled for a duck. Dave Mott was caught out with 6 runs under the belt (probably the same in beers!). Captain Tim added another 16 runs before being bowled out. F.U. A.S managed something like 11 fours and a six which found its way on to the intersection of South and Sturt Roads, holding up play for nearly ten minutes. After 30 overs and much cheering from the hill, F.U.A.S set the target of 115 runs for the Palaeontology Society to chase.

By the time the Palaeontology team were padded up and ready to go, the pitch had dried out transforming otherwise pathetic bitumen bowlers into test cricket prodigies. The F.U.A.S bowling line up included- Phil who claimed a couple of wickets, Dave, Katherine, Jake, Mat and Paul.

Despite our determined and persistent efforts the Palaeo’s achieved our run score with one over remaining in the game and 2 wickets still in hand. There was some criticism relating to umpiring decisions as umpires were substituted from the batting teams. Perhaps in the future, given more time to organise the next game, Umpires for the day should be elected from both teams and declared before the onset of the game, and should not be part of the team. But that’s for 1998.

There was an interesting comment made about a “Boys Club”, when it came to the Digger’s Plate, which is not how we feel about it and we seriously encourage more people to become a part of the action.

Hopefully, we’ll be better prepared in 1998, and wrench the Digger’s Plate from the Palaeontologists Biology Office (where it is to temporarily reside) to hang it in the Archaeology Office in 1999.

Why the Digger’s Plate, you wonder ? Palaeontologists and Archaeologists have very different digging habits; of course there are different arguments supporting each claim; and it is common for each group to be critical of the other’s field methods. But digging semantics aside, both archaeology and palaeontology are very similar in their fields of study and may, as in Cuddie Springs, overlap.

The Digger’s Plate will be on display during ‘0’ Week in the Plaza on Wednesday, February 24, before it falls into the clutches of Gavin Prideaux (Captain of the Palaeontology team).

The Archaeology Batting lineup:

I. Phil Czerwinski 18 (bowled)

2. Jacob Habner 0 (bowled)

3. Dave Mott 6 (caught)

4. Tim Anson 16 (bowled)

5. Katherine Henderson 7 (caught)

6. Garth Masters 10 (bowled)

7. Chris Munce 34 (bowled)

8. Mathew Rice 3 (caught)

9. Chris Langeluddeke 2 (bowled)

10. Sally May 0 (stumped)

II. Nathan Richards 1

Archaeology bowling lineup:

David Mott; Phil Czerwinski; Jacob Habner; Paul Rapita; Mathew Rice; Katherine Henderson; Garth Masters; Chris Munce


Staff Profile: Claire Smith

Claire Smith joined the staff at Flinders University at the beginning of 1998. She is delighted to be here and to be learning how to be a teacher. Prior to coming to Flinders Claire was an ARC post-doctoral research fellow at the University of New England. She obtained her PhD from UNE in 1996.

Claire’s primary research interests are ethnoarchaeology and the archaeology of art. She has on-going ethnoarchaeological fieldwork projects in the Barunga region of southern Arnhem Land, Australia; in Bihar State, India; and in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Her major research project at the moment is a cross-cultural study of indigenous body art, which involves identifying any common factors which influence a single art across cultures as well as the range of possible influences on this art form. Claire is also researching the social factors which influence the occurrence of geometric and figurative art in indigenous societies.

With the assistance of Heather Burke of UNE, Claire convened the 1997 Fulbright symposium ‘Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World’. This was held in Darwin and was innovative in that it integrated cultural performances and workshops with panel discussions.

Four hours live coverage a day was broadcast internationally by Batchelor College, the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Associatioin (TEABBA) and the the National Indigenous Media Association of Australia (NIMAA).

Claire teaches the second year topic Australian Archaeology A (ARCH 2001), which focuses on Indigenous Australian archaeology, as well as the third year topics The Archaeology of Art (ARCH 3001) and Power, Ethnicity and Gender in Archaeology (ARCH 3007). Also, she is the co-ordinator of the Archaeology Honours and Postgraduate programmes.

Claire is Senior Editor of Australian Archaeology, the journal of the  Australian Archaeological Association. She is also the junior representative on the Executive of the World Archaeological Congress for Southeastern Asia and the Pacific as well as Editor of WAC News, the newsletter of the World Archaeological Congress.

Claire’s life outside of archaeology is shared by her husband, Gary Jackson, and their 8- year-old son, Jimmy. Her life ambitions include acquiring two Dalmatians, which she will name either Spot and Dot or jot and Blot. In addition, she aspires to learning to speak Italian and/ or Indonesian and to playing the flute. In the meantime, she watches SBS* television and listens to the radio.

Claire is also teaching ARCH 3007

Power, Ethnicity and Gender in Archaeology

Claire can be found in the Archaeology Offices

Phone: 8201 2336


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Look out for the next edition of ‘From the Dig It Archives’ on Wednesday the 22nd of May!

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From the Dig It Archives: Issue Two 1997

By Jessica Lumb


Welcome to the second instalment of the Flinders ArchSoc blogging project, ‘From the Dig It Archives’! In this edition, we have two articles reproduced from Issue 2, 1997.

In ‘Message from the Chair’ (1997:2) President Matthew Rice calls Flinders Archaeology Society members to action – to volunteer for an exhibition at the Union Gallery; a trend we continue, as we recently called current members to action to volunteer at the ‘Archaeology Revealed’ event for About Time: South Australia’s History Festival.

In the second article ‘Report on the magnetometer survey of shipwrecks on Younghusband Continue reading “From the Dig It Archives: Issue Two 1997”

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From the Dig It Archives: Issue One 1997

By Jordan Ralph

Welcome to the first edition of the Flinders ArchSoc blogging project, ‘From the Dig It Archives’! This post comes from the very first issue of Dig It – below are two articles reproduced from Issue 1, 1997.

In ‘Message from the Chair’ (1997:2), President Matthew Rice discusses the activities that Flinders ArchSoc members had been up to during the first part of 1997. It seems in the last 15 years, not much has changed – we are still as active as ever. Rice also lists the ArchSoc committee of 1997. Note that the Flinders University Archaeology Department’s (FUAD) own Dr Amy Roberts was the ArchSoc Secretary!

The first featured article of the ‘From the Dig It Archives’ series is ‘1997 Archaeology Field Methods Field Trip to Port Lincoln’ (1997:9-10) by Tim Anson, who recounts his Field Methods trip to Port Lincoln with fellow students and lecturers Dr Mark Staniforth and Dr Margaret O’Hea. Continue reading “From the Dig It Archives: Issue One 1997”

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History of ArchSoc: From the Dig It Archives


In May, the Flinders ArchSoc will be celebrating everything historical for About Time: South Australia’s History Festival.

In conjunction with the beginning of About Time next Wednesday the 1st of May, we will be launching our new blogging project ‘From the Dig It Archives’ to create an understanding and express an appreciation for the history of our Society.

Starting with Dig It 1, 1997, we will post articles from each of the fifteen issues of the original series of our newsletter, Dig It, to our blog, focusing on a new issue each week.

Join us in celebrating the history of the Flinders ArchSoc! You can subscribe to our blog for updates via the button to the right. If you have any stories or memories from our c.23 year existence, please share them with us.

The articles we will be sharing include:

  • Field work in Port Lincoln, SA
  • Excursion to the Coorong
  • The Digger’s Plate: The annual Archaeology Society vs. Palaeontology Society cricket match
  • Staff profile: Claire Smith
  • Gender Games: Do the men still win in archaeology?
  • Archaeological dig site simulation at Flinders University, South Australia
  • Inaugural National Archaeology Students Conference 1998
  • Field trip to Barunga
  • History of the Flinders ArchSoc
  • History – Hertory – Theirtory: Brief background of the Flinders University Archaeological Society
  • ArchSoc Quiz Night
  • Reflections on the past: A non-archaeological perspective
  • Feedback: Returning knowledge and artefacts to the people of Kundat Djaru (Ringer Soak) community
  • An (interesting) note from the editor (2000) and a (even more interesting) letter from Vincent Megaw
  • Disreputable character
  • NASC 2000
  • WAC-5 World Archaeological Congress set to “dig-in”
  • The Society for Underwater Historical Research (SUHR) Star of Greece Survey
  • They were the best of times….. Well, they were the best of times (AKA Indigenous Archaeology Field School 2002)
  • Forensic Archaeology at Flinders University
  • Study Abroad: Leicester University, United Kingdom
  • WAC-5 FU Archaeology Society invades Washington DC

Come along to our About Time and National Archaeology Week events, Meet the Archaeologists Night and Archaeology Revealed, at the end of May!