AACAI is committed to encouraging professionalism and excellence in archaeological consultancy. To this end, AACAI established The Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consultancy to recognise outstanding contribution to consultancy in Australia. The prize is awarded for the paper presented at the AAA Annual Conference that makes the best contribution to consultancy in Australia. The award has been named after Laila Haglund in recognition of her considerable and ongoing contribution to AACAI and professional archaeology in Australia.



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2022 Caroline Spry, Brian Armstrong, Neil Ingram, Alice Williams, James Williams, Greg Ingram, Ian (Doug) Sutherland, Yarruwala Ngullubul Men’s Corporation, Central Tablelands Local Land Service and Lawrence Conyers Investigating Wiradjuri carved trees (dendroglyphs) and symbolic burial practices in the central Tablelands, southeastern Australia
2020 Aimee Henderson Home is where the knowledge is: An investigation of Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) to provenance, enrich and manage material culture items
2019 Birgitta Stephenson Getting it out in the open: residue reveals of past resource use’ in the ‘Open Site Archaeology
2017 Ian Ryan An attempt to establish a framework for assessing surface artefact scatters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
2016 Oliver Brown Hidden Middens: Three case studies of archaeological sites bound up in disturbance and all thesafer for it
2014 David Collard Rage against the machine: The pros and cons of mechanical test excavation
2013 Ryan Hovingh, Ross Stanger and the Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation The Warrawandu Walking Trail Project
2012 Doug Williams, Phil Hughes and Marjorie Sullivan Out in the Open: Excavation of Open Artefact Scatters in the Pilbara
2011 Colin Pardoe Door Meten tot Weten: Knowledge Through Measurement, or Measure ‘Til You Die
2010 Alyssa Gilchrist, Paul Irish, Sharon Lane and Jim Wheeler Dumbing-Down: The Push Towards Prescription and What this Means for the Future Direction of Archaeological Consulting
2009 Richard Fullagar, Michael Slack, Paul Carr, Brian Jones and Penny Williamson Aboriginal Tool Stone of the Central Hammersley Range, Pilbara, Northwestern Australia
2008 Oliver Macgregor, Alex Mackay, Phil Hughes and Marjorie Sullivan Issues Concerning the Identification of Flaked Stone Artefacts in a Material-Rich Context
2007 Luke Godwin The Concept of Harm and the Application of the Duty of Care Guidelines in Queensland Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation
2006 Daryl Guse and Richard Woolfe Communities of Confidence: Documenting Indigenous Land-Use and Settlement Patterns from Rock Art Distribution in Western Arnhem Land
2005 Bill Jeffery Chuuk Lagoon’s World War II Underwater Heritage Sites: Considering this Global Heritage from Different Viewpoints

Dr Haglund is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Studied Latin, Greek and Classical Archaeology at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Certificate in Conservation, University of London
Postgraduate Diploma in Prehistory, University of London
MA, University of Queensland
Filosofie Doktor (Prehistory), University of Stockholm

Awards and Professional Activities:
Life Membership, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists, awarded 2009
Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI)
Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain (RAI) Member, Australian
Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.  (AAA)
Member, ICOMOS Australia
Member, Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc. (ISAA)

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Read this article about Laila Haglund and the founding of AACAI.

The AACAI Student Support Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to Honours and coursework Masters students engaged in research that directly contributes to consulting archaeological practice. ‘Since then we have distributed $66,198 to 37 recipients.

AACAI provides a seed fund each year, with the remainder being generously donated by archaeological consultants.  The Fund is managed by a subcommittee of the Association with applications assessed in a regulated process. They are awarded close to the start of the academic year.

Students are able to spend the money in the way that they decide is appropriate, either to support research costs or to assist with living expenses. No receipting of expenses is required; however, the recipient is requested to acknowledge AACAI (and the donor in cases where they have contributed an entire award) in their thesis and any published material resulting from the research. Publication of an abstract in the AACAI journal is also requested, along with a blog post.

2022 Recipients:

  • Samantha Cranwell (James Cook University) Analysing the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act (Qld) 2003: How effective has this legislation been in protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage?
  • Juan Alejandro Marquez Lopez (Flinders University) Chasing Narnooroo: An overview of cultural relevance and occupation patterns in the Upper Murray River Gorge, South Australia
  • Jarrod Van der Weide (University of Western Australia) Identifying and Mitigating the Risk of Recreational Disturbance to Recently Identified Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Sites in Wandoo National Park, Western Australia
  • Keeley Wood (Griffith University) From Past to Present: A Study of Photographic Records of Rock Art in Southeast Cape York Peninsula

2021 Recipient:

  • Ruby Todorovski (University of Queensland) Internationalising Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Study of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention and Postcolonial Nations

2020 AACAI Student Support Fund Recipients:

  • Aimee Henderson (Griffith University): Ancient DNA to Provenance, Revitalise and Repatriate Material Culture
  • Cameron Neal (University of Sydney): On the top of a mountain I saw the figure of a man: An analysis of the relationship between sensory perception and the engraved art of the Sydney-Hawkesbury region using GIS and the concept of affordances
  • Jacqueline Turner (University of New England): In the Groove: Evaluating precolonial Aboriginal mobility in the New England Tablelands using non-destructive pXRF of stone artefacts from excavations of the Gostwyck Grinding Groove site

Best wishes for your studies, and we are looking forward to reading about the results!

AACAI would also like to thank the generous sponsors of the Fund this year:  Comber Consultants, Extent Heritage, Jem Archaeology, Ochre Imprints, Thomson Cultural Heritage Management, Virtus Heritage, Vivienne Wood Heritage Consultant, Wallis Heritage Consulting.

2019 Recipients:

  • Emily Martin (University of Western Australia) The exploration of underfloor deposits relating to drug use: Artillery Drill Hall, Fremantle WA

2018 Recipients:

  • Christopher Clark (University of Queensland) Handling the Heritage of a Non-Event: The Heritage Management of Brisbane’s Air-Raid Shelters – Abstract: https://www.aacai.com.au/2019/11/20/number-158-jan-2019-issn-1832-1267/
  • Caroline Hawker (La Trobe University) A technological analysis of tachylite assemblages from Dja Dja Wurrung country
  • Alexandra Seifertova (University of Sydney) Landscape and its role in the detection of sites in the central lowlands of the Hunter Valley and the Cumberland Plains
  • Helena van der Riet (University of Western Australia) The archaeology of the Japanese occupation of Christmas Island (CI), Indian Ocean, between 1942 and 1945 – Abstract: https://www.aacai.com.au/2019/11/20/number-158-jan-2019-issn-1832-1267/

2017 Recipients:

2016 Recipients:

2015 Recipients:

2014 Recipients:

  • Adrian Mollenmans – An analysis of Narungga fish traps on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
  • B’geela Romano – Managing graffiti and other inscriptions at Fremantle Prison UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Paul Smithson – Scratching the surface: A comparative assessment of a surface stone artifact concentration at a multi component Aboriginal archaeological site from the Weld Range, Western Australia.

2013 Recipients:

  • Charlotte Feakins (University of Sydney) From hideouts to hangouts: Materialising myths at buffalo bush camps on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park
  • Katie Woo (University of Queensland) The effect of sample size on the analyses of faunal assemblages
  • Texas Nagel (James Cook University) Using foraminifera to refine understandings of archaeological site formation processes: A case study from Thundiy, Bentinck Island, Southern Gulf of Carpentaria

2012 Recipients:

  • Yinika Perston (University of New England) Assessing ‘ad hoc’ lithic technologies in Australasian archaeology

2011 Recipients:

2010 Recipients:

  • James Smith (University of Queensland) The role of the Burra Charter in structuring Australian Aboriginal cultural heritage management practice
  • Melissa Hetherington (Australian National University) A scattered landscape: Analysis of the shell middens EU-IC-ASM-0862 and EU-IC-WAM-0847 South to investigate coastal resource use on Mainland Infrastructure Corridor, Pilbara, Western Australia