Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc


Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Science

24 Oct 2019

October 24-25, 2019 Helsinki, Finland

Theme: Global View of Geological features and Environment for futuristic advancements

Organizing Committee


Two day workshop 24-25 October 2019 Scarred trees at Lake Boort and ‘Faf’ mining landforms at Be

24 Oct 2019

AACAI (Vic Chapter) is holding a two day workshop on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October 2019. The workshop will explore two fascinating and contrasting cultural landscapes - the extraordinary scarred trees at Lake Boort and the 19th century ‘Faf’ (gold mining sludge) landforms around Bendigo.

A bus will take course participants from Melbourne early on Thursday morning, heading to Lake Boort for the first session. The bus will take participants to Bendigo later on Thursday afternoon where we will stay overnight. On Friday, we will explore the ‘Faf’ gold-mining landforms at a number of locations around Bendigo, led by Professor Susan Lawrence. The bus will take participants back to Melbourne on Friday afternoon, arriving in Melbourne at 5.00pm.
Booking for the workshop is at www.trybooking.com/BFSTJ.

Soil, Plant and Water Sciences

11 Nov 2019

November 11-12, 2019 Madrid, Spain

Theme: “Invention of new significant tool for sustainable growth in soil, plant and natural resources on earth.”


Heritage of the Air

14 Nov 2019

Save the Date for next year’s exciting Australia ICOMOS conference to be held in Canberra on 14-17 November 2019. Heritage of the Air will reflect on 20th century heritage and how aviation has shaped the imagination and design of modernity.
Conference website coming soon but in the meantime see the Heritage of the Air 2019 flyer and the Heritage of the Air research project website.

Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. NSW/ ACT Annual General Meeting

05 Dec 2019

AACAI NSW/ACT executive and members are invited to the AGM on Thursday 5 December 2019.

The AGM will be at 6:30pm sharp at Jack and Knife, 76 Stanley St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW 2010

All are welcome to attend the AACAI AGM, members, affiliates, friends, non-members to find out more about what we've been up to and what we hope to do in 2018. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by November 20 to megan.gigacz@gmail.com

We are still seeking nominations for President and Executive Committee member of NSW/ACT AACAI Chapter to be voted on and filled at the AGM this year:

If you are an AACAI member or know an AACAI member in NSW/ ACT, you are invited to nominate yourself or the member you know (with their permission) for the above positions. Nominations can be made by email to megan.gigacz@gmail.com

Andrew Costello | Jacobs | Senior Archaeologist (MAACAI)

President - Australian Association of Archaeological Consultants

AACAI 2019 Annual General Meeting

11 Dec 2019

The 2019 AGM will be held on Thursday 12 December at 6.30 pm at the AAA Conference, Mantra on View Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Qld (please check your program when attending in case of time/room changes).

AACAI Full Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend you may appoint a proxy to vote on motions and resolutions on your behalf (form attached to this email).

Call for Motions and Agenda Items: AACAI Full Members, Associate Members and Affiliate Members are asked to submit any notices or special resolutions for consideration at the AGM in writing (email will suffice) to our Secretary, Robyn Jenkins: rajenko2@bigpond.com. Please make sure you indicate your name and contact details as proposer of the motion. Please ensure any motions are submitted by Friday 22nd November 2019.

NEC and Membership Committee Nominations: The AACAI constitution provides that: At the conclusion of every second Annual General Meeting, all of the officers of each of the National Executive Committee and the Membership Committee, whether elected or appointed, shall retire from office. All Nominations must be received by the Returning Officer, Matthew Barber, no later than 5pm Monday 11 November 2019 to allow them to be circulated to members for consideration (aacai_sec@outlook.com)

A full agenda and documents for the AGM will be provided two weeks prior to the AGM for member’s perusal.


Robyn Jenkins
Secretary, National Executive Committee
Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

GA2020 Scientific Symposium

05 Oct 2020

The GA2020 Scientific Symposium will be held from 5 to 9 October 2020 at the ICC, Sydney and associated venues. The Scientific Symposium offers a major research, information sharing, training and capacity-building opportunity for delegates, who will be able to present and attend papers, seminars, workshops, site visits and other sessions. Importantly, the Scientific Symposium will provide a significant platform for peer to peer exchanges, instigation of mentoring relationships and showcasing best practice methods. The opportunities for inquiry and learning will be available and accessible from the most senior levels, through participation by outstanding keynote speakers, to entry-level practitioners, who are engaging with international colleagues for the first time.

The overarching theme for the GA2020 Scientific Symposium is ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’. The theme recognises that globalisation, transnationalism, digital connectivity and the willing or forced movement of people have contributed to the making (and unmaking) of hybrid, pluralist places, practices and collections. In this sense, places, practices, objects and collections (collectively termed ‘heritage items’) are frequently connected with and valued by multiple and diverse groups and communities.
However, the idea of ‘shared’ is intentionally provocative. In an historic sense, cultures and societies have commonly shared cultural practices, ways of doing, and ideas. Nevertheless, in some cases these features have been forced upon populations and resisted rather than collectively adopted (religious beliefs, for example). In other instances knowledge and practice may be closely guarded and thus not shared (in many Indigenous cultures, for example). Additionally, some heritage items have been destroyed or damaged for what they symbolise (the Bamiyan Buddha’s, for example), thus resisting any sense of sharing or ideological tolerance. More typically in the work of heritage, places can be contested with regard to their conservation status (Sydney’s Sirius building, for example).
In adopting the term ‘shared’, the GA2020 Scientific Symposium invites participants to explore the idea of sharing—and its counterpoints, contestation and resistance—in relation to culture and heritage. We invite reviews of traditional thinking on the topic and seek new and diverse perspectives and insights that encourage discussion and dialogue. Contributions may be in the form of case study examples that illustrate different experiences or viewpoints; and academic positions that support, revise, and/or challenge contemporary scholarly work.