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.



Paper Title

2019 Birgitta Stephenson “Getting it out in the open: residue reveals of past resource use’ in the ‘Open Site Archaeology”
2017 Ian Ryan (Gavin Jackson Cultural Resource Management) “An attempt to establish a framework for assessing surface artefact scatters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia”
2016 OliverBrown (Associates Archaeology & Heritage) and Tracey Howie (Guringai TribalLink Aboriginal Corporation) 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 (Snappy Gum Heritage Services), Ross
Stanger (BHP Billiton Iron Ore) 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
Dumbing-Down: The Push Towards Prescription and What
this Means for the Future Direction of Archaeological
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
Issues Concerning the Identification of Flaked
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
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 $55,350 to 29 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.

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
  • 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

2017 Recipients:

  • Lauren Churchill (University of Sydney) Foodways in regional New South Wales in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: A study of butchery patterns
  • Rodina Goranitis (University of Queensland) Doing it right: Best practice standards in cultural heritage management
  • Rebekah Hawkins (University of Sydney) Exploring the relationship between raw material and morphology in a lithic assemblage from Lake George NSW: A close look at backed artefacts and core production and their connection to raw material
  • Jacinta Koolmatrie (Flinders University) Adnyamathanha Yura Malka
  • Liam Norris (Australian National University) The Aboriginal history north of Bateman’s Bay

2016 Recipients:

  • Lorna Cooper (University of Western Australia) An archaeology of the dynamic physical and social landscape of Gallop House, WA: Using geospatial and geophysical techniques to interrogate archival resources within a historical archaeological and heritage management context
  • Karen Horn (University of Western Australia) Paint recipes: Can near infra-red analysis detect anthropogenic organic materials added to ochre to make paint?
  • Sarah Slater (James Cook University) Exploring a novel site expression of Polymesoda erosa in the archaeological record of the South Wellesley Islands
  • Lara Tooby (University of Sydney) Shell monuments: What can shell deposits in Ballina reveal about socio-cultural processes of the past?

2015 Recipients:

  • Lee Sheppard (UQ): Cultural heritage offsets in the mining industry
  • Anna Kreij (JCU): Modified landscapes: High-resolution LiDAR mapping and analysis of Indigenous fishtraps
  • Emmy Frost (La Trobe): Investigating Indigenous occupation and subsistence strategies at a late Holocene marine shell hidden in south-western Victoria

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:

  • Tamika Goward (University of Sydney) Flaked glass in the Sydney region
  • Elyse Beck (University of New England) Evaluation of PXRF for rapid on-site artefact characterisation: A case study using coarse ware ceramics from Central Anatolia
  • Rebecca Andrews (University of Sydney) Memorials in carved stone

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