The NSW Archaeology Reading Group will next meet at 6.30pm on Monday 10th April at Unit 94 / 120 Saunders Street, Pyrmont.
To satisfy participant demands for Historical archaeology content, theory content, and some Binford, I've dug out a couple of my favourite items to
read, centering around the topic: Binford & Historical Archaeology
Be assured, they are not your characteristic slog through Binfordian hyperbole and hypothetico-deductive puritanism. They are relatively light & I think captivating reads, and also illustrate change in Binford over time.
The two items are:
1) Binford, L. 1977: 'Historical Archaeology - It It Historical or Archaeological?' Pp13-22 in L. Ferguson (ed) Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things. Special Publication Series Number 2. Society for Historical Archaeology (USA).
2) Binford, L & M Thurman 1998: Conversations with Lewis R. Binford on Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology, Vol. 32, No. 2 (1998), pp. 28-55
If you have any difficulty locating either of these, please contact me and I will supply (firstname.lastname@example.org / 0413 564 995).
Members in New Zealand who are wishing to participate in the NZAA Archaeology Week (1-7 April 2017) activities can find an event schedule at the following link: www.nzarchaeology.org
Events include lectures, tours, walks, mock-digs for kids, exhibitions and displays, and open days. Please support these events which aim to raise
awareness about the importance of archaeology to the public.
All are invited to ‘Looking back, looking forward for La Trobe Archaeology’. This event, which ties in with La Trobe University’s 50th Anniversary, will connect students, staff, alumni and others, showcase La Trobe Archaeology’s capabilities and build pathways for future careers and research-industry collaborations. It will comprise a panel discussion on career pathways by alumni working in archaeology and cultural heritage management; discussions and demonstrations of the equipment and services offered by La Trobe Archaeology; and an opportunity for students, staff, alumni and others to meet, reconnect and create work opportunities and collaborations over light refreshments.
Please save the date, and stay tuned for more details:
Date: Friday 19th May 2017 (National Archaeology Week 2017)
Venue: La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora campus)
The Minister, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, has announced that, this year, an extension to the current protection afforded only to shipwrecks, plane wrecks, Indigenous heritage sites and other underwater cultural sites, under the Historic Shipwrecks Act (1976), will be made under a new Underwater Cultural Heritage Act.
It was noted that this change will mean the historic sites will be registered on the Australian National Shipwrecks Database, and all access will require a permit, which acts as a deterrent to vandalism and theft. Additionally noted was that this would broaden and improve the protection of Australia's underwater history using the principles set down by the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, and it will also enable Australia to pursue ratification of the convention.
For further information see http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/frydenberg/media-releases/mr20161129.html
Develop and promote knowledge about this specialised area of environmental practice
Advance the professional standing and recognition of heritage practitioners through the CEnvP Scheme.
For more information, please see the following link: https://www.eianz.org/about/heritage
We are pleased to advise the opening of applications for two of the Heritage Near Me grant streams, which will see nearly $5 million available in the next financial year for local heritage projects.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program grants are being offered for the first time, while the Heritage Activation Grant Program has opened round 2. The new Local Heritage Strategic Projects program will provide $2 million in funding each year over three years, to provide new opportunities for local communities to collaborate on projects that conserve and rejuvenate their local heritage places. They will drive reform in how we protect, share and celebrate our heritage spaces with initiatives that focus on management and activation in communities.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program encourages local communities to identify their own priorities under four broad categories covering conservation and restoration, raising community awareness, innovation in heritage management, and broaden understanding of heritage values. Successful applicants of Local Heritage Strategic Projects will also be provided with specialist support and advice from initial project planning, through to delivery and evaluation from the Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.
The second round of funding through the Heritage Activation Grants stream is now open with a further $2.67 million available. These grants are designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage by supporting projects such as physical works for better public access, new and innovative public programming, and the development of strategy and business plans.
Owners or managers of heritage items that are listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan and regularly open to the public are invited to apply for funding through the Heritage Activation Grants program. Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects are open year round subject to available funding. Applications under the Heritage Activation program are open from now until Monday 21 April.
We encourage all eligible individuals or groups to apply and please contact the Heritage Near Me team with any questions.
For more information and to apply, visit the Heritage Near Me Incentives program page.
Associate Professor Judy Birmingham is a significant figure in the history of archaeology in Australia. She studied at the Institute of Archaeology in London under Sir Max Mallowan and undertook extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, Cyprus, Greece and Britain with some of the most famous and fascinating figures of 20th century archaeology. Beginning with the Near East, she went on to pioneer the development of Australian historical archaeology in the 1970s and 1980s, leading excavations at sites such as Irrawang, Wybalenna and Regentville.
Sharing memories of the resistance she overcame while developing Australian historical archaeology courses, Judy will talk what it was like to be the first female archaeological staff member at the University, and her involvement with the Nicholson and Macleay Museum collections over five decades.
[Editor: To read more about Judy's contribution to Historical Archaeology in Australia, see the 2006 edition of Australasian Historical Archaeology, which included papers in her honour.]
Details: Tuesday 21 March, 6pm, Nicholson Museum
Price: $40, $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum and their Guests; includes light refreshments. RSVP Book and pay online HERE, email email@example.com or call (02) 9351 2812.
Image Credit: John Carmichael, 'Irrawang vineyard and pottery, East Australia', 1838. National Gallery of Australia.
Interpretation Australia and Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology are pleased to announce their joint 2017 conference: “Travelling Stories: connecting people and landscapes”
The conference aims to pull together folk with the ultimate aim of creating a greater understanding for all of the environments in which we live. This will be a conference with a difference, one that will travel in its venues from Launceston to Hobart via key natural and cultural heritage places through Tasmania!
In submitting a presentation or other session (discussion/ demonstration) proposal please submit t00he following:
a title for your presentation;
an abstract of 150 to 400 words;
presenter’s name (including prenominal –Dr/ Ms/ Mr etc)and company/affiliation
a sentence or two demonstrating the link between your presentation and our theme (if relevant)
and whether you would be interested in your presentation being published in the form of a paper in a journal or publication arising from the workshop
Send submissions by 5.00pm Fri 15 March to the NSW/ACT AACAI Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org