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ASHA committee/University of Sydney

Dr Barra Ó Donnabháin will soon present a free public lecture: Our experiment at Spike Island: archaeology of a Victorian convict depot in Ireland . Dr Donnabháin's visit has been sponsored by the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, ahead of the 2017 conference.

The lecture will focus of the Spike Island Archaeological Project is the Victorian convict depot that, opened in 1847 at the height of the Great Irish Famine and closed in 1883. In the 1850s, the prison was the largest in the then United Kingdom. The convict depot was an important holding centre for convicts transported to Bermuda, Gibraltar and Van Diemen's Land, and it operated during a critical period for the development of the modern prison system.

A combination of archival and archaeological research provides a means of investigating daily life in the prison and the triangle of relationships between convicts, warders and the institution. At a broader level, Spike Island is an important site for the exploration of complex questions of inequality and race, as well as the ambivalences and contradictions of empire.

The lecture will take place on 17th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm at the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

For more information, and to register please see: http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/our-experiment-at-spike-island



Bronwyn Woff

Heritage New Zealand and Spokes Canterbury (cycling advocacy group based in Christchurch) are holding a guided cycling tour around Christchurch City. The tour will take place on 15th October, 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3.30pm. The guided cycling tour is free, but bookings are required:  https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/events/show/12   Self-guided tour brochures are also available from Heritage New Zealand.



Auckland Heritage

The Auckland Heritage Festival is on from 30 September to 15 October. This spring, hit the streets and waterways to discover the stories and secretes of Auckland's heritage! For more details, including details about upcoming walks,, talks, workshops, exhibitions and entertainment, please see: http://www.heritagefestival.co.nz/



Caitlin D'Gluyas

Following our first reading group event (with the theme of interpreting historical archaeology) in August, ASHA will host a casual/informal walking tour of Parramatta on Saturday, the 23rd September. This will be a chance to have a look around at some interpretive displays of historical archaeology. Perhaps some food for thought for the upcoming conference (don't forget to register for the conference by COB on Wednesday 20th September).

The walk will start at 2:30pm, meeting at the convict hut site on the corner of Marsden and Macquarie Streets. We'll be meeting on the steps out the front of the site. Final list of sites to visit to be confirmed, but please let us know if there is somewhere that you'd like to see. The tentative list includes: Bakers Mews-50 O’Connell Street, 25 Smith Street, 1 Parramatta Square.

On the same day, GML is also having an open day (another form of interpretation to talk about!) of the Parramatta RSL site, which can be booked through the RSL website. The last tour will be at 1:00pm, so you could book and attend that before the walking tour if you're interested. Book through the RSL reception: (02) 8865 5100. For more details: http://www.gml.com.au/lawn-bowl-thing-past/



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

The "Travelling Stories" joint ASHA and Interpretation Australia conference is just around the corner. Is there a seat with your name on it on the bus and you just haven't gotten around to registering yet? Don't forget that registrations close 5pm on the 20th September and seats are filling up fast.

For more information and to register follow this link: http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories-registration/



Caiti D'Gluyas, Helen Nicholson and Iain Stuart

Fancy catching up over a cleansing ale with fellow archaeologists? Or, perhaps you just wish to meet people you don’t know or may not have seen for a while? ASHA is looking to expand opportunities for networking and professional development and would appreciate your input and ideas.

‘Archaeology in the Pub’ is popular in the UK where a short talk is given followed by discussions. Interested? Then come along to the Shakespeare Hotel from 5.30 pm on Thursday 14 September. Enjoy free bar snacks and help us shape future Archaeology in the Pub and professional development events.

The Shakespeare Hotel is at 200 Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, just a few minutes walk from the Southern exit of Central Station.

It would be helpful (but not essential) if you could RSVP to secretary@asha.org.au.



AACAI NSW/ACT chapter

Archaeobotany for consultant archaeologists! AACAI NSW are pleased to present two speakers and a discussion on archaeobotanical sampling methods, techniques and controls for interpreting and dating archaeological sites, reconstructing past environments and understanding past Aboriginal and European land uses. Key speakers include: Dr Andrew Fairbain (University of Queensland) and Dr Emilie Dotte-Sarout (Australian National University). Attendees are invited to bring your questions for discussion!

Details

Thursday 21 September
Door opens 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre at YHA the Rocks
Costs: AACAI Members and Students (must show student ID): Free
Non-Members: $10
Pay at the door

Please RSVP by 20 th September for catering purposes to dianacowie@gmail.com



Travelling Stories Conference Committee

The ASHA and IA Travelling Stories Conference Committee have released an update on the conference locations. The pre-conference evening reception will be held at The Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston. 
The first day of conference papers will be held at The Tramsheds, Launceston 

The second day of conference papers will be held in Hobart after a day of site visits, and will be split over two locations. The plenary session will be held at The Baha’i Centre, Hobart. The paper session will be held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery , Hobart. The conference dinner will then be held at Brook Street Larder

We are looking forward to seeing attendees at the conference!



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

Early bird registration for the joint ASHA/IA Conference have been extended! The new early bird deadline is 5pm on September 4, so get in quick to take advantage before conference fees rise by $50! Follow this link to register.



CAA Australasia Spring Institute 2017 organising committee

The CAA Australasia Spring Institute on Digital Methods in Archaeology, to be held at the ANU's Kioloa Coastal Campus, is fast approaching. We have 5 places left and encourage any staff or graduate students with an interest in digital methods to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss issues, learn new skills, brainstorm ideas, find solutions and network with the CAA Australasia community.

All-in registration cost for the 5 day workshop, including accommodation, food and transport from Sydney or Canberra has been kept to $250, thanks to a generous subsidy. We also have student travel bursaries available to equalise airfare costs for interstate and NZ participants at $200 - see website for details: http://au.caa-international.org/spring-institute/

Feel free to contact James Flexner ( james.flexner@sydney.edu.au ) for more details, or sign up directly.

We hope to see you there!