ArchSoc’s 2015 AGM Wrap-Up

Thank you to all members who came out to support ArchSoc at the AGM, including those who attended via proxy and sent us their apologies. It was pleasing to see so many of our members come out and support the ArchSoc yesterday, particularly our more junior members. We encourage you to consider joining the committee in 2017.

The meeting kicked off with the presentation of our new plaque for the Ruth and Vincent Megaw Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Archaeological Research and Practice. Thank you to Vincent, who presented the plaque to Cherrie De Leiuen and Susan Arthure. Congratulations to the very deserving recipients of this award. The award stands as a reminder of the importance of collaboration in our discipline. The plaque will hang alongside the plaques for the Andrew Allen-Farr Award and Honorary Life Members in the Humanities corridor.

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During the AGM, we ratified many extensive changes to our Constitution and our Regulations for General Committee. ArchSoc has overhauled the way the committee operates, with one of the major transformations being the renaming of positions to create a more representative body of archaeology students. The executive positions remain unchanged, however, the general committee now consists of First Year Representative; Second Year Representative; Third Year Representative; Postgraduate and Other Member Representative; External Student Representative; Dig It Editor; and Field Work Coordinator.

Additionally, we adopted a Five Year Strategic Plan, which was drafted following a consultation forum with ArchSoc members in November 2015. The plan extends through to 2020 and gives successive committees a blueprint with which to direct and govern ArchSoc during that period. The issues that the Strategic Plan covers include leadership retention and conferral of operational knowledge; communication; membership stability; broader revenue streams; and various issues surrounding the criteria for Honorary Life Membership and alumni memberships.

Fortunately, ArchSoc has already addressed one of the concerns highlighted in the Strategic Plan: Honorary Life Memberships. ArchSoc adopted a clearer, more precise eligibility criteria, as well as a more formal and transparent nomination and voting procedure. These changes will ensure this honour remains a prestigious one and consolidates its integrity.

ArchSoc would like to congratulate our two newest Honorary Life Members: Leah Puletama and Antoinette Hennessy.

Finally, congratulations to the new ArchSoc committee for 2016. It is quite evident that from next year ArchSoc will greet a new generation of leaders, who will direct the Society over the coming years. The new committee consists of:

President Chelsea Wiseman
Vice President Jacob Gwiazdzinski
Treasurer Rachel Hagan
Secretary Amber Parrington
Dig It Editor Kathleen Gorey
Field Work Coordinator Meg Haas
First Year Representative To be elected after O’ Week 2016
Second Year Representative Mae White
Third Year Representative Angela Gurr
Postgraduate and Other Member Representative Jacinta Koolmatrie
External Student Representative Ben Steyne
Awards, News

Honorary Life Member: Leah Puletama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2015 Pub Crawl Themes Wanted!

Hot on the heels of a new semester, ArchSoc is happy to announce that September the 18th will see the return of its pub crawl!

We want to revisit an idea from previous years by turning it over to you, our members, to come up with an awesome theme to frame the night.

FYI: themes will need to:
a) not include copyrighted names or words
b) not inference alcohol; the shirts make their way to sites the world over, and we want to be sensitive to the customs and beliefs of different cultures.

Previous years has seen such gems as:
‘The A(rchaeology)-Team’
‘Every Day I’m Shovellin”
‘Hug an Archaeologist; Our Lives are in Ruins’

Ideas will need to be in by THIS FRIDAY, So get thinking!

Details on venues and times are soon to come.

-Events Committee.


May workshops and more

The first half of the semester is behind us, full up with welcome BBQs, Cricket Matches, fundraiser book stalls and of course the Graduate Celebration. Once again, we congratulate all Archaeology and Heritage graduates in 2015 – you can find photos here.

May workshops…

We’re now looking forward to the commencement of our field workshops program, a series of ArchSoc-organised workshops providing student members with the invaluable opportunity to get familiar with technical equipment and processes that are fundamental to field archaeology, in a supportive environment.

1. The program begins this Saturday 2 May with Using the total station – a workshop with Rob Koch. This will be held at Flinders Archaeology Lab and Social Sciences North courtyard, 10am – 1pm with a break for morning tea.

After a short theoretical introduction into what a total station is and can do, participants will get lots of practice setting up the station and recording points. The workshop is ideal to get some hands-on training in using the total station before heading out into the field.

2. The second workshop in our program is A Practical Introduction to GIS – a workshop with Andrew Frost, to be held Saturday 16 May 2015 in the SSN107 computer lab, 10am – 12.30pm with a break for morning tea. RSVP by 8 May please.

GIS is a complex and powerful data management system that increasingly gains significance in archaeological applications. The workshop will introduce some applications that can be used to create visualisations of archaeological data, and to analyse them. This includes some hands-on work with real-life archaeological data. This workshop is designed for ArchSoc members who would like to know more about what GIS is and how it can be used in archaeology – before considering learning GIS to use it for their own work. The workshop is aimed at people with minimal or no experience at using GIS. 

You will need to bring yourself, a notebook and pen. Places in both workshops will be prioritised for ArchSoc members but you are able to join on the day.

To attend either workshop you will need to RSVP Jana at

…and more!

We’d also like to promote the upcoming Quiz Night being organized by the Flinders Palaeo Society. This will be held on the 8 May, and tickets are $10 for student members of the Palaeo society, $15 for everyone else. All proceeds of the quiz night and inclusive charity auction will be going to the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund.

And finally, don’t forget the ArchSoc Pub Crawl coming up the end of May/beginning of June. Details to be confirmed shortly.

Some photos from recent events below; if you came along to support one of these activities, we thank you for getting involved with your Society!

Welcome BBQ ARCH1001

L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay  Hannah.
L-R Dahley Robertson-King, Reece Stapleton, Shay
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.
L-R Nadine Varga, Pip Vander Kamp, Micaelah Field.

ArchSoc book stalls – fundraiser for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund

Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
Virginia Ward, ArchSoc Committee Member
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.


Join ArchSoc in 2015!

ArchSoc invites you to join our growing membership in 2015! Membership is $15 per year and 2014 members are reminded their fees are due by the 31st of March 2015 to remain current.

We’ve been working hard since the AGM to ensure we have plenty to offer our members in 2015, such as volunteer opportunities, public lectures, and several social events, including the prestigious Diggers Shield Cricket Match. We’re still finalising details, so make sure you come by the O Week stall and chat to us about our plans for this year.

Payment options

Pay via the link on our website. If you pay online, don’t forget to fill in the membership form and send it to, leaving your student number in the comments section of the PayPal checkout (we will need this for FUSA affiliation).


Come down and visit us on stall during O Week (Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th Feb, 10am-3pm, Humanities Courtyard) where you can pay cash if you don’t wish to pay online.

O Week will also be an excellent opportunity to pick up your membership card and meet the incoming 2015 ArchSoc Committee – you can have a look at who’s who here.

All new or renewed memberships for 2015 will remain current until 31 March 2016.

About us

The Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) is a not-for-profit student-run organisation dedicated to enhancing the experience of archaeology students and to broadening the understanding of heritage amongst the student body and the wider community.  

ArchSoc is the largest and most active student-run archaeological society in the country, and every year takes on a wide variety of projects, from organising an annual Quiz night, to field trips, fundraisers and co-ordinating volunteer experience opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.  You don’t even have to be a student at Flinders to be a member of ArchSoc  – membership is open to anyone, including the general public, high school students and anyone interested in archaeology.

Benefits of membership include discounted access to social events and merchandise, access to field trips and other ArchSoc-run projects, two physical copies of our journal Dig It and much more!


Outcomes of the AGM

Thanks to those members who attended the Flinders ArchSoc AGM yesterday. It was a succinct, productive meeting and fortunately we were able to achieve quorum this year.

Congratulations to those members who were elected to the ArchSoc committee in 2015. We hope that your term is successful and effective. Please see the table below to find out who is part of the 2015 committee. Please be aware that we are yet to elect a Vice President. We will be looking for a new Vice President early in 2015.

Congratulations also to our newest Honorary Life Members, Andrew Wilkinson and Claire Smith. We thank Andrew and Claire for their commitment to ArchSoc in the past and welcome their involvement in the future. Look out for a full article about these Honorary Life Members in the next issue of Dig It.

President Dianne Riley
Vice President Unelected, to be elected at a later date
Treasurer Chelsea Wiseman
Secretary Marie Amyot
Publications Editor Jordan Ralph
Public Relations Officer Emma Davey
Field Work Coordinator Jana Rogasch
Social Coordinator Drew Jackson
Membership Officer Owen Hems
General Representative (x5) Adeena Fowke

Virginia Ward

Rhiannon Agutter

Matthew Hornsby

Celeste Jordan


Annual General Meeting 2014, Thursday 27/11/14

Dianne Riley, Flinders ArchSoc President 2014

Dear ArchSoc members and friends,

The Flinders Archaeological Society 2014 AGM will be held on Thursday 27th November in North Theatre 2 at Flinders University. At 4pm there will be a short presentation about what ArchSoc has achieved this year, followed by drinks and pizza, supplied by ArchSoc. The official proceedings commence at 5pm sharp, following the presentation and refreshments.

We request the attendance of all Fee-paying, Associate and Life Members at this meeting. Non-members are able to attend, but cannot vote. We are also seeking dedicated, passionate, positive and enthusiastic students to join our committee in 2015: committee nomination form.

I have attached the agenda, which includes the annual reports of the Executive and General committees, along with their recommendations: Agenda and committee reports. Please read the reports before coming to the meeting, as we will only discuss specific issues arising from them. The agenda also includes nominations for the 2015 Executive and General Committees (see nomination form above), nominations for Honorary Life Membership (Antoinette will send this nomination form out soon), and other business. If any member has other business they wish to discuss at the meeting, please send it to me by 2pm Thursday 27th November.

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, please fill out the attached form and email it to our returning officer, Antoinette: proxy nomination form. Antoinette will verify your membership and the membership of your proxy. Only Fee-paying, Associate and Honorary Life Members are eligible to vote and act as a proxy. Proxies will only be accepted if Antoinette has received notification of this by 2pm Thursday 27th November.

If you would like to nominate a proxy, but are unsure of who to nominate, then choose someone from the committee, but make sure they are attending the meeting. Contacts can be found here.

Voting will be by secret ballot in the case of multiple persons running for the same position.

It is important for members to attend the meeting so that we meet quorum. If you cannot attend, then please, nominate a proxy.

I have also attached the minutes from the previous two general meetings, for acceptance at the AGM:

Minutes ArchSoc AGM 14th November 2013

Minutes ArchSoc SGM 12th March 2014

Events, Field Work, News

Greater protection for GPS units

ArchSoc’s Garmin Rino 650 GPS units will have extra protection thanks to the proceeds of the recent bake sale. This week ArchSoc purchased a customised Pelican Storm Case* (model iM2100) in preparation for lending the equipment out to financial members from 2015. This purchase means that the Rinos will be stored in a watertight, dust proof and shock proof container, therefore ensuring they are not damaged during storage and transport to field work. Speaking from experience, these cases can even be driven over in a fully-laden 4wd without damaging the case or the contents.  To top it off, the case has a lifetime warranty.

The timing of this purchase was great. Next Tuesday the 28th of October, ArchSoc is holding a meeting in HUMN 106 at Flinders University to discuss the future of ArchSoc. Among other things, the storage and borrowing policy and procedure for the Rinos will be drafted (the final policy and procedure will be adopted at the AGM in November). There will be further email updates about the meeting and AGM via email.

On Saturday the 8th of November 10am-2pm, ArchSoc will be holding another demonstration day dedicated to the Garmin Rino units. If you’d like to know more about using these GPS units, from beginning to end, please email ArchSoc President Di Riley to book your spot (places are limited).

Thanks to all who supported the bake sale by supplying the goods and/or purchasing them.

*ArchSoc has no affiliation with Pelican and did not/will not receive any benefit from publishing this article.

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.