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.

Events, Meet the Archaeologists Night

ArchSoc Presents – About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week

ArchSoc’s events for the 2012 About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week are coming up in the next few weeks.

We kick off NAW with the Community Archaeology Day at the Plympton Railway Station on Sunday 20th May, where we will have a sausage sizzle and demonstrate site survey techniques to the public. Find the flyer for this event here: CommArchDay. On Tuesday 22nd May in the Plaza at Flinders, we will be having a sausage sizzle from 11am. We end National Archaeology Week with the Meet the Archaeologists! Night at the Flinders Victoria Square building. See the flyer here: MTAN. And the program here: MTANProgram.

Since the launch of the About Time website, our events have consistently been in the most popular events listing, often as first and second most popular out of over 500 events. Continue reading “ArchSoc Presents – About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week”

News, Port Arthur Field Trip

Port Arthur Fundraising – A Huge Success!

In 4 days our lucky volunteers will be jetting off to Port Arthur, Tasmania, for a week of processing, cataloguing, and photography of artefacts excavated from the Hobart Penetentiary Chapel (2011). We hope that they take home some valuable experience that many archaeology students in Australia could only wish to be involved in. But it hasn’t been a static build up to the day! Within the past fortnight, ArchSoc held 2 fundraising events which were extremely successful with the help of the Port Arthur students!

First there was the Port Arthur BBQ on Wednesday 28th of March. We set ourselves up on the Plaza grass, and readied ourselves for the lunch rush. The familiar and seductive smells of a classic outdoor barbeque tempted passers-by and lured in those who just couldn’t say no to a snag. A constant stream of students and lecturers kept us on our toes, serving them up freshly cooked sausages and veggie patties with onions and sauce at the ready. Some even came back for seconds – we must have been that great!

The following week, on Wednesday 4th of April, was our Port Arthur Bake Sale in the Humanities Courtyard. Volunteers from the committee and PA students brought their culinary skills (or for some, their Mums) to the trestle tables, ready for the innocent passer-by with the persevering sweet tooth. From slices to cupcakes, each delectable creation was sold off one-by-one leaving only a plateful of sweets at the end of the day.

A big thank you to those who helped support the cause and the students for a trip we hope they won’t forget!

Check out our Facebook gallery for more photos!



We now have 85 members! This is only 15 away from our goal of 100, so please contribute to the Society by seeking us out and paying your membership. Our membership base includes undergraduates (a good mix of first second and third year students), post-graduates, staff, friends and affiliates. Unfortunately our early bird discount has now lapsed and the price has been restored to $15. The best way to pay membership is by emailing Jordan via and organising a time. Alternatively, you can attend ArchSoc’s first BBQ of the year on Thursday, 8th of March following the Department Seminar at 3pm in Social Sciences South RM 149 (The BBQ is likely to start at 4pm). Sausages and veggie patties are $2 each. ArchSoc will also be selling the Department T-shirts at $20 each.

Jordan Ralph

On behalf of the ArchSoc Committee