Events, Field Work, News

Total Station and GPS Workshop 23/08/14

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

Workshop Programme:

Demonstration of the use of a Total Station by Rob Koch

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

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

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

To register please contact Dianne Riley.

Dig It, News

Call for papers, Dig It: the Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society

Dear colleagues,

The editing committee of Dig It is delighted to invite undergrad and postgrad students and recent graduates from all around the world to submit a contribution for consideration in our 2014/1 edition, to appear in May 2014.

Dig It is a student-run journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society. The publication began in 1997 and after a hiatus of eight years, it was relaunched in 2012. The purpose of Dig It is to provide students, from undergrad through to postgrad and recent graduates, with the opportunity to practise and familiarise themselves with writing, publishing, editing and the reviewing process involved in professional publications. In addition, it aims to keep aspiring archaeologists connected and informed about what is happening in the archaeological community.

Dig It accepts original research articles, research essays, personal opinion pieces, book reviews and thesis abstracts. Details about the guidelines for contributors can be found here:

All contributions are reviewed by the editors and a panel of reviewers; however original research articles and essays additionally undergo a stricter and anonymous peer review process also involving external experts.

We welcome contributions from local, interstate and international undergrad and postgrad students and recent graduates. If you want to contribute a research article or essay to Dig It 2014/1, please send us an abstract of 200 words. For personal opinion pieces, book reviews and thesis abstracts, a more informal expressions of interest is sufficient.

The submission deadline for abstracts (for original research papers and essays) or expressions of interest (for other contributions) is 4th February 2014.

Both should be emailed to Please mind that when sending an abstract for a research article or essay, contributors must provide names and email addresses of three persons with expertise in the field the paper relates to, which can be contacted by the editors of Dig It about peer reviewing. Reviewers can be of any academic status, however students or recent graduates are preferred in agreement with the mission statement of Dig It as providing the opportunity for professional training to students.

The editing committee of Dig It will inform you about whether or not your contribution will be considered within three weeks after 4th February and advise you on the further production schedule.


Jana Rogasch, editor

Matthew Ebbs, co-editor (academic reviews)

Antoinette Hennessy, co-editor (social)

Jordan Ralph, co-editor (layout and interviews)

Dig It, From the Dig It Archives

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”


The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts: #FlindersRocks Day 1 Twitter Feed


The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts: #FlindersRocks pre-class twitter feed

Field Work, News

Prospecting the History of the Hills: Volunteer Opportunity in Prospect Hill

Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of September, ArchSoc will be conducting a field survey at the site of the Deputy Surveyor-General of South Australia, Thomas Burr’s camp in Prospect Hill, South Australia. During this project we will be helping the Prospect Hill Historical Museum and the Prospect Hill Community Association Inc. to identify and interpret material evidence of the existence of the 19th Century surveyor’s camp, which was inhabited by Thomas Burr and his family during the c.1840s.

Participants in this project will assist ArchSoc in producing a high-quality, publishable report about the historical and archaeological backgrounds of the area. Following the field survey, participants will also help in collating the survey data to be included in a final report. The final report will be presented to the Prospect Hill Historical Museum.

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Day of Archaeology (Semester One in Review)

This post originally featured on the public archaeology project ‘A Day of Archaeology’

In an average week, members of the Flinders Archaeological Society (ArchSoc) committee spend hours organising events and opportunities for the professional development and social interaction of archaeology students from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. Today is different, however, because we are taking time out for the exam period and end of semester assessments, and although we are not doing an incredible amount today, ArchSoc wanted to support this fantastic project nonetheless.

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Events, Meet the Archaeologists Night

Meet the Archaeologists! 2012

ArchSoc’s Meet the Archaeologists! realised its claim of being the most popular event listed in the About Time: SA History Festival program. Over 80 people braved the cold, wet and windy weather to enjoy a night of archaeological conversation at the Flinders University Victoria Square building.

ArchSoc’s own Antoinette Hennessy performed brilliantly as MC for the night and introduced our presenters:

James Hunter (maritime archaeology).

Heather Burke (historical archaeology).

Jordan Ralph and Rachael Willika (Indigenous archaeology).

Alice Gorman (contemporary/space archaeology).

Claire Smith (world archaeology).

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Field Work, News

Flagging Tape, Body Bags, Witches Hats and a Mud Die – Improvisation in the Fields of Redbanks

By Rhiannon Agutter

It’s not exactly the Sahara or the slopes of Everest, but there is something about the wheat field of Section 103, Hundred of Grace that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere – even if the township of Redbanks is only just across the street, and Mallala only 7kms down the road. Even though we were not so stranded, and not quite in the middle of nowhere, with the blistering heat of the sun scorching our skin and the gusty wind sending our hats flying and mattering the hair of those foolish enough not to tie it back (yes, that was me), survival instincts kicked in and 12 archaeology students and a handful of staff on a Flinders University field school were forced to show their creative side. And, as it turns out archaeologists are a creative (and perhaps slightly crazy) bunch.

Flagging tape. It’s the ultimate accessory that every good archaeologist should have. Not only does it come in a range of fetching fluoro colours to suit any standard Munsell soil colour but it can be used for so much more than just flagging.

When the wind gusts are strong and your hat blows away; never fear for flagging tape shall save the day!

Yes that was lame, and I shall never deliberately attempt to rhyme again, but seriously folks, flagging tape – who knew? And it does so much more than keeping your hat on…

It helps keep pens handy;

(Face blurred to protect the innocent from the embarrassment of a silly pose)

It looks dramatic blowing in the wind;

And if your pin flag breaks…

But flagging tape can only go so far. What if you have no hat to tie on? What if you have a hat but it has a brim so obscenely large that you can’t see anything if you have it on? These were very real problems faced by our crack team of archaeological improvisers.

The genius and slight insanity (I blame the heat) of those on the Redbanks field school continued to amaze me. By the final day the team had:

Invented a scoop for cleaning out auger holes which was much more efficient that any hand shovel we had;

Developed new ways of testing just how much clay is in the soil;

And found new uses for each other’s heads.

And then there was Sam…

Finding herself out in the field with no box or large bag on hand Sam did what any real archaeologist would do. She stuffed artefacts up her shirt.

Lots of artefacts…

Front and back.

Now that is what I call a “body bag”!

Archaeologists are a creative bunch. Redbanks taught me that. It’s not quite the middle of nowhere but even so it’s good to know (unintentional rhyme I swear!) that when conditions are against you, or you find yourself without the necessary equipment you can always count on an archaeologist to get the job done. In any way possible.

A big thank you must go to all the people on the fieldschool (especially the people who let me photograph them doing silly things).

Thank you to my fellow students: Mandy Atkinson, Di Baldry, Marc Brown, Sam Deer, Julie Forgan, Viki Gordon, Antoinette Hennessy, Matt Judd, Clare Leevers, Jess Lumb, Amanda Markham, and Britt Wilson.

And a humongous thank you to the staff and volunteers: Mick Morrison, Heather Burke, Bob Stone, Rob Koch, Chantal Wight and Shaun Adams.