2015 FUSA Club Awards

Following the 2015 FUSA Club Awards, ArchSoc is honoured to receive the Flinders University Student Association’s Best Club Award for the second year in a row. We have also received the ‘Inanimate Carbon Rod Award’ for the best merchandise line of ArchSocks!

The Society has had a highly active and productive year in 2015. We hosted the annual Diggers Shield – a cricket match between the Palaeontological Society and Archaeological Society. This year, the event was held in honour of the Palaeontological Society’s former president, James Moore, who was tragically killed in a car accident last year. In April, our Graduand Celebration for graduating archaeology students and their families was an immense success, offering an excellent opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. We have also held some excellent social events, including a pub crawl and a quiz night. This year, we have also run several workshops in order to allow students to develop their fieldwork skills. In addition, Dig It will be publishing its 2015 issue soon, offering students the opportunity to gain experience in the publication process.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers and committee members past and present. You have been crucial to all our endeavours and we thank you for your ongoing support and commitment. We would also like to recognise the superb leadership of 2014/2015 president Dianne Riley, who has been integral to the Society’s accomplishments in the past two years.


Celebrating ArchSoc’s Past Committee Members

Being part of the ArchSoc committee can be a deeply rewarding experience, which aids in personal growth and professional development. On the one hand, it is great to see the events and initiatives that you and your fellow committee members have put so much time and effort into having a positive effect on other students; while on the other hand it is occasionally a thankless task. While we have the Andrew Allen-Farr Award and Honorary Life Membership to acknowledge the significant contributions of individuals, it was recently pointed out to us that we do not do a great job of celebrating or congratulating those who have moved on from the committee after volunteering their time and energy to meet the Society’s goals.

Indeed, some of our past committee members are award recipients and Honorary Life Members, however, this post is about showing that we are deeply grateful for the contributions and commitments—both great and small—that all of our past committee members have rendered to ArchSoc. Without the many people who have stepped up and volunteered their time to drive ArchSoc over the years (often sacrificing time with family, friends, or undertaking study), it would not exist as it does today.

While it is near impossible to name every person who has been elected to the ArchSoc committee since its conception, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the ArchSoc committee members from 1992–2015 and thank them, unreservedly, for their service to ArchSoc. You can find a near-complete list of past committee members here.

Achievements of the 2015 committee

This next section is the first of what we hope to be a permanent fixture at the end of each year. What better way to highlight the achievements and efforts of committee members than through the committee reports? Each year our committee members write a report detailing the events and initiatives they undertook in relation to their roles during the course of the year. ArchSoc has undertaken to produce such reports since 2012 and you can find these reports by clicking the links below.

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

In the words of 2015 President Dianne Riley, this year has been about change and consolidation (President’s Address, Dig It Volume 3 2015). Change because not only is the Flinders Bedford Park campus undergoing significant redevelopment (resulting in ArchSoc’s loss of access to our previous office, the archaeology Map Room), but also because we successfully amended several of ArchSoc’s governing documents, which will impact on the operational future of ArchSoc; and consolidation because we were again able to offer so much to our members in the way of professional development and social networking as well as fulfil our commitment to offering the long-standing events, such as Meet the Archaeologists, the Quiz Night and the pub crawl. In all, it is without doubt that 2015 was another successful year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee members for their time and dedication.

Following the 2015 Annual General Meeting, a few ArchSoc members attended some celebratory drinks and an informal dinner at the Edinburgh Hotel in Mitcham. After dinner, we raised a toast to Dianne in recognition of her contribution and leadership as the 2015 President, and to the outgoing committee of 2015, without whom the success of the year would not have been possible.

For more on the efforts of the 2015 committee, please see the committee reports above.

Among the outgoing committee members of 2015 are many people who have served on the ArchSoc committee for several years. We give thanks to the outgoing committee members here, congratulate them on their achievements during their time in office and wish them well in their future endeavours:

  • Rhiannon Agutter (Social Coordinator: 2010; President: 2011; Secretary/Publications Editor: 2012; General Representative: 2013, 2015)
  • Matthew Ebbs (General Representative: 2015)
  • Adeena Fowke (Public Relations Officer: 2014, 2015)
  • Owen Hems (General Representative: 2014; Membership Officer: 2015)
  • Matthew Hornsby (General Representative: 2015)
  • Celeste Jordan (General Representative: 2014, 2015)
  • Jordan Ralph (General Representative: 2011; President: 2012; Publications Editor: 2013, 2015)
  • Dianne Riley (Membership Officer: 2013; President: 2014, 2015)
  • Jana Rogasch (Publications Editor: 2014; Field Work Coordinator: 2015)
  • Virginia Ward (General Representative: 2015)

Finally, we would also like to congratulate the following 2015 committee members who were elected to the following positions for 2016: Chelsea Wiseman (President), Jacob Gwiazdzinski (Vice President), and Kathleen Gorey (Dig It Editor).


Honorary Life Member: Antoinette Hennessy


Antoinette Hennessy has been a Fee-paying Member of ArchSoc since 2010, a total of six years. During this time, she has served as Social Coordinator, Public Relations Officer, and Treasurer on the ArchSoc committee.

Her commitment to ArchSoc throughout her membership is matched only by a few. In many ways a silent achiever, Antoinette puts her hand up to assist with every ArchSoc event and initiative that she can. In this sense, she has been ArchSoc’s go-to-person who rarely declines a request for help. She has been one of the critical members who ensured ArchSoc grew to the level it is currently at.

Antoinette had a policy of effective communication while she was Public Relations Officer as she ensured that all members and interested parties were fully aware of all details about an ArchSoc event, which included regular updates. The comprehensive, timely way in which Antoinette went about notifying members of ArchSoc’s activities is a testament to the success ArchSoc experienced during her time as Public Relations Officer. Antoinette was instrumental in setting up the social media accounts that the Society currently operates, as well as helping to set up and maintain the Society’s website and blog. Antoinette was the recipient of the Andrew Allen-Farr Award in 2012 in recognition of her efforts as Public Relations Officer.

During her time as Treasurer, Antoinette commenced new accounting methods to ensure that the Society’s financial records were accurate and transparent. These methods were a precursor to the new procedures ArchSoc has in place today. Antoinette went above and beyond her duties as Treasurer, as even though she stepped down at the end of her term in 2013, she stepped up at the end of 2014 to assist with finalising ArchSoc’s accounts for the year, in preparation for the Annual General Meeting.

With regard to the Society’s objectives, Antoinette has served ArchSoc consistently throughout her membership by helping to engage the wider community in archaeology in interactive and informative ways. This includes ArchSoc’s public outreach activities, such as stalls at university open days, a stall at the Old Highercombe Hotel Museum, field work at Prospect Hill, and presenting at ArchSoc’s Meet the Archaeologists Night.

Finally, Antoinette has acted as ArchSoc’s de facto graphic designer in residence. Chances are that if you own a Flinders ArchSoc tee shirt from the last five years, Antoinette designed the graphic. Antoinette has also had a hand in designing most of the Society’s advertising flyers, the website and Dig It. She is also responsible for having designed the current ArchSoc logo at the beginning of 2012.

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


‘Archaeologists will date anything’ pubcrawl 2015

The last Friday of mid-semester (18th of September) saw our biggest and best pubcrawl of 2015! Of course, it was our only one this year but it was clear that we came out in force to make up for it!

Surrounded by shouts of finals footy at The Lion


Before squeezing into the quaint old British


Enjoying one-too-many shots at the Cathedral Hotel


And then finally settling down (to more shots) at the Queen’s Head


A huge thank you to everyone who turned up, you did a tremendous job of representing ArchSoc, both with your hearty characters and superior drinking abilities! Extra props for nobody being refused entry (AFAIK)

Until next year!

Jacob Gwiazdzinski


Theme Ideas for the 2015 ArchSoc Pub Crawl

As you might know, ArchSoc has yet to hold a pub crawl this year. But all is not lost. A pub crawl shall be held on the 18th of September. Details about venues and t-shirt prices will soon follow. There is, however, one problem that must be addressed; The awesome theme. This is where we need your help as members. We wish for you to contribute any ideas for a theme for this years pub crawl. There are, however, two criteria that need to be taken in consideration for your theme idea:

a) not include copyrighted names or words
b) not inference alcohol; the shirts make their way to sites around the world, and we want to be sensitive to different customs and beliefs.

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

Theme ideas must be in by THIS FRIDAY. Voting of themes will be conducted by you on Monday the 10th of August. Feel free to email us, Facebook us or tweet us your ideas.


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 jana.rogasch@flinders.edu.au

…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

Flinders Archaeology Graduate Celebration 2015

Congratulations to this year’s archaeology graduates who received their parchment this morning. We had a great time catching up and celebrating with all of you, your family, and friends in the Function Centre this afternoon.

We were delighted to have a few special guests say a few words for the graduates. A big thank you goes to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Professor Diana Glenn; Head of the Archaeology Department, Professor Claire Smith; and Honorary Life Member of the Flinders Archaeological Society, Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw.

Please have a look at the photo album below. If you would like a copy of any of the photos, you are welcome to visit this link and download them directly from Flickr.

Thanks also goes to the event coordinators: Dianne Riley, Chelsea Wiseman, Owen Hems, Celeste Jordan and Kate Riley. Finally, we would like to thank Oasis for allowing us to utilise their space.

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Book sale fundraiser for the James Moore Memorial Scholarship

The ArchSoc committee is running a book sale outside of HUMN 112 this week between 10am and 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The proceeds from this book sale will be donated to the James Moore Memorial Scholarship. As you might already know, James’ life was tragically cut short in a car crash late last year. Our members might remember James from the Vertebrate Palaeontology Field Schools and/or the Digger’s Shield Cricket Match. James was an active member of the Flinders University Palaeontology Society and was instrumental in reinstating the Digger’s Shield. He will be sorely missed. We hope to honour James by presenting a cheque to the Palaeontology Society for the scholarship at this Saturday’s cricket match. Please come out and support this initiative by buying some books this week. Additionally, if you have some old books that you would like to donate for us to sell, please bring them down to the stall this week.

If you’d still like to support the James Moore Memorial Scholarship but can’t make it to the book sale, you may donate using a credit card here. You will also find some additional information about James and the scholarship by visiting that link.