Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc



24 Jul 2018

Presented by Karina Acton (Senior Objects Conservator, International Conservation Services)

Date: 24 July 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Bells Hotel (157 Moray Street, South Melbourne)

With forthcoming changes to Heritage Victoria’s ‘Artefact Management’ guidelines - inclusive of a stronger emphasis on conservation - AACAI (VIC) have invited Karina Acton to present a short seminar and Q&A session regarding the conservation of archaeological artefacts and remains.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided, with drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Aboriginal Heritage Management in WA's Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

25 Jul 2018

Cesar Rodriguez and Robert Reynolds, Heritage Officers are at the WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, will speak about the non-statutory application of Aboriginal heritage management within the department (details below)

We invite you all to come down to the Federal Hotel in the heart of Fremantle on Wednesday 25th of July, with a start time of 6.15pm (The Federal was formerly Rosie O'Grady's - it is located at 23 William St near King's Square).

Our speakers are Cesar Rodriquez and Robert Reynolds from the heritage operations of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) and they will be presenting on the current non-statutory application of Aboriginal heritage management within the Department (see attached flyer).

It promises to be a good evening with lots of discussion I am sure. There will be some food provided (sliders and mini pizzas - see below for details) and a cash bar will also be available. The event will be located upstairs at the Hotel - it will be signposted as you come in the door!

You can easily book your ticket for this event at this link: https://www.trybooking.com/402887

Modest entry fees are as follows:
AACAI Member: $5
Student: $5
Other: $10

Spaces are limited to 40, so please book your place as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Secretary, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. - WA Chapter
Email: jagemcdermott2@gmail.com

Sydney Ideas - The find of the century for archaeology?

03 Aug 2018

Are archaeologists missing out on a valuable discovery channel? In the latest Tom Austen Brown lecture Dr Mark Collard, an evolutionary anthropologist, argues that comparative ethnology – comparing and contrasting the features of large samples of human societies – should be a key archaeological tool.

Dr Collard, a professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in Canada, will demonstrate that there are both theoretical and practical justifications for archaeologists to embrace comparative ethnology. He recommends equipping archaeology undergraduate students with this technique, which should enable the discipline to make faster progress with understanding patterns in archaeological records.
Law School Foyer
Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Being Collected: insights into repatriation

27 Aug 2018

Presented with Sydney University Museums

Repatriation is often centred on the return of material immorally acquired such as human remains and sacred objects. Over the last 25 years museums across Australia have proactively engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for the return and future management of material collections. The return to Country often involves complex, private discussion and negotiation around logistical issues.

Mon. 27 August 2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
General Lecture Theatre (A14)
The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW 2006

Potential heritage frameworks that could be embedded in Aboriginal cultural heritage policy across W

28 Aug 2018

Tod Jones, Human Geography Lecturer at Curtin University, and Greg Grabasch, Landscape Architect at UDLA, will speak about potential heritage frameworks that could be embedded in Aboriginal cultural heritage policy across WA (details to follow).

Secretary, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. - WA Chapter
Email: jagemcdermott2@gmail.com

Archaeology in Wales Conference 2018

31 Aug 2018

Sponsored by Council for British Archaeology Wales
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 12:30pm to Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 5:00pm
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter, CGN SA48 7ED
United Kingdom

CBA Wales’s first annual archaeological conference is on the 31 August - 2 September 2018 at Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales, UK.

The newest and best of archaeology in Wales, UK

The programme will showcase current innovative projects and fieldwork and provide opportunities for hands on workshops, CPD, networking, and guided visits to some of the most iconic and interesting sites in Wales. Hear and experience Wales’s archaeology from the Prehistoric to the Industrial, from coastal to gardens, and from poetry to place names, as well as an exciting programme of social events.

Leading British archaeologists will be on hand: running sessions; giving presentations; and leading visits. Professor Mike Parker-Pearson will be exploring the latest evidence regarding the origin of the Stonehenge Bluestones - visit the potential quarry site and decide for yourself! Professor Carenza Lewis will provide her reflections on archaeology in Wales as the key note address at Saturday’s formal dinner and Professor David Austin will be exploring the myths, landscape and future of Strata Florida Abbey.

2018 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

05 Sep 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to Saturday, September 8, 2018


"The EAA Executive Board, the Municipality of Barcelona, and all the institutions representing Catalan archaeology in the Advisory Board are delighted to welcome delegates to the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Barcelona (5-8 September 2018). Barcelona has much to offer. It has wonderful, state-of-the art museums and art galleries, it boasts some stunning architecture and it also has many archaeological sites open to the public. The city is also famous for its lively intellectual and popular culture.

The Annual Meeting venue is located in the centre of the city, at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona and the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), cultural centre just opposite to the Faculty. Excellently situated at the heart of Barcelona, the area is witness to the extraordinary ability of this Mediterranean city to reinvent itself. Urban renewal and modernization sits comfortably side by side with the city's eclectic mix of medieval, 18thC, 19thC and Art Nouveau architecture.

The Barcelona Meeting will celebrate EAA's participation in the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) with thought-provoking discussions and exchange of ideas on heritage, material culture, archaeological science, theory and social impact. As a way to encourage debates on archaeological museums and outreach to public, a specific theme will be dedicated to the EYCH. Also, the Annual Meeting in Barcelona will foster discussions that are linked to the sustainability of the city's cultural life, such as the role of heritage in urban renovation and the opportunities for the promotion of civic pride, identity and wider promotion linked to its Mediterranean location in the archaeological past."

Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts – 2nd Edition

25 Sep 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:00am



Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts – 2nd Edition

Nowadays, all countries seem to be seeking one pressing issue and that is heritage maintenance, especially in Architecture and Urban design. Organizations and Universities play a vital role in saving or rather conserving old cities through Conferences. Therefore, a conference on “Cities’ Identity Through Architecture & Arts” will be held in 2018.In this conference, examples, and tendencies dealing with urban identities as well as the transformation of cities that shape the current art scene in different places of the world will be discussed. This type of architectural art continuously renews itself -from new materials to different means of communication, from new approaches to perceptional paradigms and nature in the millennium, from new subjects to manifestations. Contemporary art continues to be produced in various directions, consumed and put forward into ideas.This conference will present how citizens see their cities and how they physically or mentally compare it with the ideal city in their own perceptions.

2018 CIDOC Conference

29 Sep 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 to Thursday, October 4, 2018

"The ‘Provenance of Knowledge’ is a core element of good practice in documentation and so is the theme of the next ICOM-CIDOC conference, in Heraklion-Crete-Greece from 29 September to 4 October 2018.
As an essential aspect of documentation, Provenance of Knowledge refers to the attempt to trace the origins of the information and knowledge about an object, an entity or an idea in order to reconstruct the whole chain of creation, use, interpretation and dissemination of relevant information and knowledge. The ultimate purpose of this reconstruction is to confirm, illustrate, and validate the information and knowledge contained in the documentation in order to facilitate understanding across times and cultures. In this way, it contributes to scholarly citation in information handling while connecting all the material evidence kept in museums and other memory institutions.
The validation of information and knowledge has been greatly helped by the increasing use of digital technologies in documentation. However, this advancement in documentation has created new difficulties as the abundance of the available information makes it difficult to introduce standards and processes to model and maintain the development and validity of documented information.
The 2018 CIDOC conference aims at supporting museums by deepening the understanding of documentation as a means of knowledge preservation, dissemination and exchange."

The 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)

04 Oct 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
United States


"The Forty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from Thursday evening, October 4th through Sunday afternoon, October 7th. The Local Arrangements Chair for 2018 is Dr. Annie Labatt of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA)."

Sydney Ideas - The Birth of State in Greater Mesopotamia

23 Oct 2018

The Anthony McNicoll Lecture in the area of Middle Eastern archaeology
Professor Marcella Frangipane, Professor of Prehistory and Protohistory of the Near and Middle East at the Sapienza University of Rome

Archaeologists have recently uncovered astounding new evidence about political and economic systems in ancient Arslantepe-Malatya (Turkey), in the Upper Euphrates valley.
Professor Marcella Frangipane will use this evidence as a case study for important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.

Tue. 23 October 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
Camperdown, NSW 2006

Vic Chapter of AACAI - CRANBOURNE SANDS - Geomorphology Workshop

25 Oct 2018

Geomorphology Mornington Peninsula AACAI Workshop


- A one day workshop held on 25 October 2018

With the continued success of our workshop series, AACAI are returning to the Mornington Peninsula. We have invited Peter Mitchell to present a workshop on the landscapes between Dandenong and Sorrento with an emphasis on sand bodies and to discuss this landscape and implications for Aboriginal heritage. Peter is a leading geomorphology practitioner and the host of one our previous workshops in the same landscape. Peter will provide a full list of references and guide us through several locations.

There are two parts to the course:
Part 1. Preparatory ‘lecture’ material will be provided on a CD that outlines necessary knowledge of geology, geomorphic and pedological processes, types and effects of landscape disturbance, soil classification, and approaches to landscape assessment. The CD includes some simple assessment tasks to keep participants on track all of which should be completed before attending the fieldwork of Part 2. The material will be illustrated by local examples and will be based on landscapes and archaeological sites in eastern Australia. The CD also contains a large number of relevant readings. Chapters on the CD are:

1. Basic geology and simple rock classification
2. What is soil?
3. The importance of the biosphere
4. Geomorphic slope processes
5. Fluvial systems
6. The role of wind and the coast
7. Properties of sediments
8. Properties of soil
9. Soil classification
10. Where to next?

Part 2. One day in the field visiting examples of local landscapes to illustrate the practicalities of site assessment and share knowledge of Aboriginal sites. Specific locations have yet to be confirmed but they will include a coastal sand environment, basalt country, texture contrast soils on Silurian/Devonian sedimentary rocks, and a granite landscape. The most likely field area is the Mornington Peninsula.

Urban Regenration and Sustainability

05 Nov 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
University of East London
University Way, London E16 2RD, UK
London E16 2RD
United Kingdom


Urban Regeneration is the Rehabilitation of land areas that are subject to high-density Urban Land use. It is a strategy that aims to transform and renovate areas to be upgraded in Housing, Public and Private Buildings, Infrastructure, and Services. This entire process is an effective way to improve urban performance by targeting areas with a high incidence of poverty, pollution, and congestion, leading to a complete Economic and Regional Development of the area.

Urban Regeneration Program is only proven to be successful when sustained. This program largely impacted many Urban Landscapes and Affected The History and Demographics of Cities Around the World. As a result of its successes, Urban Regeneration is now known as the attempt to reverse declining cities by improving physical structures through new urbanization models and more importantly, enhancing the economy of those cities.

AACAI Conference 2018

25 Nov 2018

AACAI Conference

Sunday 25th November – Monday 26th November 2018

Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay (La Perouse), NSW

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI) will be holding a conference in the spectacular surrounds of Little Bay (La Perouse) in south-eastern Sydney, NSW from 25-26 NOV 2018.

It is scheduled just before the AAA/NZAA conference in Auckland so that those who are en route to NZ may be able to join us. Of course, everyone is welcome to attend.

We encourage and welcome all members of AACAI, as well as anyone working in consulting or professional archaeology throughout Australia, to give a paper.
If you are interested in presenting, please provide a short abstract (150-200 words) with a title, the author(s) name and affiliations and a session theme nomination no later than 15 SEPT 2018.
Please send abstracts and all enquiries to Oliver Brown at oliver@archassociates.com.au or call 427 414 226.

CFP Gender Numismatics - Fluid Identities and Ancient Coinage

29 Nov 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, November 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

International Workshop, University of Tübingen, November 29-30, 2018

Recent archaeological studies have acknowledged that the function and meaning of ancient material culture is both resulting in and generative of habits, values, norms, and behaviors in a given society requiring a new set of interpretative methodologies. To that end, gender studies can become part of the research agenda.

In one particular area of ancient, especially Greco-Roman material culture, these research strands have not received the attention they deserve: coinage. Yet, the polyvalence of ancient coins provides an unequalled opportunity to enhance our understanding of the complexity and dynamics of gender roles in the Mediterranean World. As medium of exchange (in embedded and disembedded economies alike), of communication, or of power and authority on practical and symbolic levels they express and forge identities in different ways. The interplay of image, text, and materiality offers an excellent framework within which to study how coins operate between the single person and society at large with all the various transactions this entails.

The international workshop ‘Gender Numismatics. Fluid Identities and Ancient Coinage’ seeks to investigate the above mentioned dynamics, whether they are normative or deviant. While the archaeological evidence will take center stage, we aim more generally at exploring the potential of gendered perspectives as critical tools for analyzing ancient coins. For instance, how did coin imageries negotiate gender roles and how did the use of coins in ritual deposits or as jewelry, to name but a few cases, deploy or change ideas of gender? To this purpose, we propose to work with a broad idea of gender including conceptions of age, class, and ethnicity (which can already be gendered as such).


06 Dec 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
Charles University, Faculty of Arts
Celetna 20
Prague 11000




The 7th PeClA 2018 International Postgraduate Conference (Perspectives on Classical Archaeology) will be held at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Thursday and Friday, 06th – 07th December 2018

PeClA 2018 is a two‐day conference in Classical Archaeology and Classics aimed at postgraduate / doctoral students traditionally offering a space for presenting research results, discussion, and an exchange of ideas, in a friendly and supportive environment. This year's theme of the conference is:

Pólemos – Bellum: Archaeology of conflict in the antiquity

Conflict and its violent manifestation – the war – were one of the biggest preoccupations not only of historians in antiquity, but also of modern academic interest. The classical research dealt primarily either with the socio-historical background or the archaeological remains of this phenomenon. However, the narrowly focused studies of the 20th century have been gradually superseded in the last decade. The research focus has shifted towards a much broader understanding of the conflict and its role within the development of ancient societies, partly as a result of the post-colonial perspective, and partly through richer textual and iconographical analysis as well as a flood of new archaeological discoveries. It encompassed not only the investigation of individual historical events and adjusted archaeological finds, such as the siege-traces in Smyrna, but also the analysis of social preconditions, economic environment or cultural and psychological implications of conflicts as well as its technological and tactical patterns.

Therefore, the primary aim of the conference will be to discuss all the possible facets of the (non)violent Conflict, from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. While the commonly used means of ancient warfare history, battlefield archaeology, iconology of violence, archaeometry, bioarchaeology or ancient PTSD-studies are welcomed, the discussion framework of the conference is constituted by the terms “conflict” and “society” and the question of their “reciprocity” in a diachronic point of view. This brings us also to the old question:

Did the conflict within and between ancient societies represent different crystallisation momentums in the antiquity?

Conceived broadly, this theme gives young scholars the full opportunity to present and discuss their opinions and thoughts applicable to the theme. Papers from postgraduates in all stages of their research, both theoretical and practical are welcome.

Keynote lectures:

Prof. Dr. Harald Meller

Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle (Saale),


The Lapedo Child: twenty years afterwards

15 Dec 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 2018
Leiria Museum, Convento de Santo Agostinho
Rua Tenente Valadim, nº 41
Leiria 2410-140


It is now almost 20 years since the discovery here in Portugal, in December 1998, of the Lapedo child skeleton (LV1). This finding was extremely important for human phylogeny history and triggered a series of debates in the scientific community. In fact, some of the features of the skeleton suggested that the LV1 fossil resulted from interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern human populations. An international team with several US researchers from different scientific domains and organizations participated in the study of this 4 year old skeleton, which was carefully buried 29.000 years ago in the Lagar Velho rock-shelter (Leiria, Portugal).

The Lapedo Child: twenty years afterwards is a celebratory conference to mark this important date.

Dr. Eric Trinkaus, Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, is considered to be one of the world’s most important researchers of Neanderthal biology and evolution, focusing his investigations on the paleoanthropology of late archaic and early modern humans. He was a key element of the Lapedo child research team and the one who launched one of the most heated debates concerning the origin of modern humans.

For these reasons, we have invited Dr. Eric Trinkaus to address this celebratory event scheduled for the 15th and 16th December 2018.


04 Jan 2019

January 4-25, 2019
The Department of Archaeology and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the fifth Classical Archaeology Intensive Program Program in Athens.

The Summer Program a unique opportunity to study the archaeology and history of ancient Athens at first hand. With a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods (ca. 630-323 B.C.) and under expert tuition, you will enjoy formal lectures integrated with daily visits to archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica. You will also travel further afield to the panhellenic sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi.

The course is open to students of Australian and New Zealand universities and to high school teachers in Australia and New Zealand. Interested members of the general public are also welcome to apply.

Dr Lesley Beaumont, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology
(formerly Assistant Director of the British School at Athens)
Dr Stavros Paspalas, Acting Director


Joint Conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt & The International Symposium on Animals

10 Jan 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019 to Sunday, January 13, 2019



The study of the bioarchaeological remains (humans, animals and plants) from ancient Egypt, within the archaeological context in which they were found provides profound insights into diverse topics, such as religion, cultural practices, the health and nutrition of ancient populations (both human and animal), animal husbandry, diet, agricultural practices, economy, the natural environment, and ancient Egyptian lifeways. Nevertheless, archaeological context is frequently understood as static, while in reality the environment-- whether physical or cultural-- is apt to itself affect living beings to just as great an extent as it is affected by them. To that end, the theme for the 2019 BAE conference is “Interaction”. This theme will form the basis of the conversation initiated by the conference organizers and keynote speaker; however, conference participants are invited to interpret the theme in its broadest sense.