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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?

Let us know below and enjoy!


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


To continue reading from Dig It 3, click here: DigIt3

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


Pub Crawl Theme Survey Results

Recently we asked you what theme you wanted for the upcoming ArchSoc Semester Two Pub Crawl– the results are in! Thank you to those who gave us your suggestions, and for those who voted – a fantastic response of 65 people, which is over 50% of our member base! Here are our top 3 themes…

In 3rd place with with 13.8% of votes: “Keep calm and keep digging”.

In 2nd with 15.4% of votes: “Don’t Panic! I Have a Trowel”

And with 50.2% of votes, our winner is…
HUG AN ARCHAEOLOGIST: THEIR LIFE IS IN RUINS“Thanks again for your input, everyone 🙂 We will be working on the shirt design and will be available, with other pub crawl details soon. Don’t forget to answer our other survey on the benefits of student groups that is still running until the 31st of October.

For a reminder of how spectacular our last Pub Crawl was, click here!


Pubcrawl theme search!

Hey ArchSoc-ers!

We hope you’ve enjoyed your holidays, and gotten back into the swing of study first week back. We’ve been busy organising more exciting things for you this semester, including another pubcawl some time in October (dates to be confirmed). But we need your help with something…

We are struggling with a theme this semester, and would love to hear your suggestions, like a rainbow theme, a certain movie, book, even a pun – let us know! The most creative will be put into a poll for you to vote on, and the most popular will be our theme for the night with matching shirts!

Let us know your suggestions by Friday, 10th of August, and the poll will be available shortly afterwards.

So get those creative gears cranking, and get in contact with us via facebook, twitter, email (archsoccommittee@gmail.com), in person, or simply leave a comment here!

To prevent duplicate ideas from past years, previous themes were:

  • Indiana Jones (of course);
  • pirates (arrrr-chaeology);
  • horror (aaaaaahhh-chaeology);
  • the A(rchaeology)-Team;
  • Star Wars (how many Leias in your trench?); and
  • Everyday I’m Shovellin’ (shufflin’)

Day of Archaeology (Semester One in Review)

This post originally featured on the public archaeology project ‘A Day of Archaeology’ http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/learning-laughing-and-living-an-archaeology-student-group-from-down-under/

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.

Continue reading “Day of Archaeology (Semester One in Review)”


Who will receive a Royal Pardon and who will be sent to the gallows?

You are hereby sentenced to one night’s imprisonment in B-Wing of the New Building at the Adelaide Gaol. Your sentence will commence at 6:30pm on Wednesday the 13th of June 2012. In addition to your sentence you will be fined $20. Your sentence will consist of hard trivia labour and other character building rehabilitation activities. The institution in which you will be imprisoned has an eight person per cell policy but due to overcrowding there are only twelve cells currently available. You will need to contact wardens Beasley and Lally prior to the commencement of your sentence otherwise you may be forced to serve your time in another facility. It is your responsibility to provide your own gaol uniform which is to be appropriate to your status as a criminal. Continue reading “Who will receive a Royal Pardon and who will be sent to the gallows?”


Every Day I’m Shovellin’ Pub Crawl

Last Saturday night (5th May), ArchSoc held it’s “Everyday I’m Shovellin’” pub crawl in the East End of Adelaide. At least that is what I’ve been told…I do not recall much.

I awoke Sunday and sat at my computer to write a review…which was impossible, given the two minutes worth of memories of the night prior. Facebook and various discussions over the next 48 hours have shed some light on the pubcrawl’s events…

Our blue shirts raged through town; first PJ O’Briens, where a million pubcrawlee’s (true stats) arrived for their first stint of drinks; then Austral, where another pubcrawl was apparently being held (ours was better…); then Shotz , where awesome turned to weskome; and Sugar. Continue reading “Every Day I’m Shovellin’ Pub Crawl”


Every Day I’m Shovellin’: ArchSoc Pub Crawl 2012!

We are very excited to officially announce the first ArchSoc Pub Crawl for 2012 on Saturday 5th May: Every Day I’m Shovellin’

T-Shirt Design

We hope to have a fun-filled night for everyone on the East End of Adelaide, this time with games and prizes for those who are up for it (more details regarding venues will be released in the next week: it will be held in the pubs and clubs around Rundle Street).

Some of us will be meeting up for dinner and pre-drinks at The Stag at 6:30pm if you would like to join us, otherwise we will see you at the first pub at 8pm! Please let us know if you want to join us for dinner so we know how many seats to book, there are limited seats (dinner is only for those that have paid for shirts).

We will be taking orders for t-shirts until Thursday, 26th of April (that’s the first Thursday after the holidays). Feel free to buy a shirt even if you’re not going on the pub crawl- same prices, great for fieldwork! Sizes are your standard S, M, L, etc. Follow these links for sizing charts:

Mens: http://www.fruitoftheloom.com.au/media/site/australia/spec_sheets/61-066-0.pdf

Ladies: http://superioraw.com.au/tshirts/64000L/#sizing

$15 – members

$20 – non-members

$30 – if you want a shirt AND a membership

(We have a list of paid members so please be honest, we will check. If you are unsure if you are a member or not, you probably aren’t)

We prefer that you pay via internet banking (direct deposit), but if you are unable to do this, please feel free to contact Jordan (0409420784 ralp0019), Nessa (0422065405 beas0018), or Antoinette (0433204739 henn0073) to organise a time to meet up and pay.

We will also have a stall on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th April to take orders. There will NOT be any excess shirts, so you will NOT get a shirt unless YOU HAVE PAID. We bank through the NAB and details are below:

Account Name: FASFU.

BSB: 085330

Account No: 129825206
(FASFU: Flinders Archaeological Society of Flinders University).

Remember to add your name and the word ‘pubcrawl’ to the online transfer so we know who has paid and why. After the transfer, please let us know your shirt size and the transfer receipt number in a separate email.

Drink specials to follow at a later date…

Keep up-to-date with the pub crawl via this page, our facebook event page and our mailing list (we don’t always post to fuad).


Welcome Drinks in the Coopers Bar

ArchSoc is holding an informal ‘Welcome to ArchSoc’ get together at the Coopers Bar in the Plaza at Flinders THIS FRIDAY (16th March) 4-6pm.

We’d love to see and get to know our new members! Bring along a friend, have a few drinks, get to know each other, hear about the events we have lined up, and if you have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming events we’d love to hear them! (You can pay membership at this event @ $15).

You will need to RSVP so we can let the Coopers Bar know our numbers. If you would like to come, please email Nessa on beas0018@flinders.edu.au

As of this week, ArchSoc has an astounding 93 members, which includes past and present students, staff and friends. This unprecedented number is fantastic for our ‘small’, local student group because we have almost reached a number equal to that of 10% of the Australian Archaeological Association’s member base!

So come help us celebrate this great new year. We hope to see you Friday!

Jordan. On behalf of the ArchSoc committee.