Caiti D'Gluyas

Late in 2017 or early in 2018 ASHA will be hosting a workshop at the Big Dig Centre in Sydney, and we would like to get feedback from ASHA members regarding what type of workshop they would be interested in.

Please assist us with organisation by completing this three question survey by Wednesday 30 August.

Alternatively, please email Lara at with your suggestions. Further information will be released in the coming weeks.

AACAI Committee

AACAI is hosting a Photogrammetry for Archaeological Consulting Workshop on September 22, which will be presented by Andrew Wilkinson. The workshop will be held at Biosis Pty Ltd, 38 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne.

The one day workshop is designed as an intensive course to introduce the basics of photogrammetry and how this technique can be applied in archaeological consulting. The workshop will cover the application of photogrammetry in archaeology, how to capture the subject, how to process the images, and applications for presenting the final product.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will have an understanding of photogrammetry and be able to record a subject and produce their own photogrammetric models.

Due to the practical nature of this workshop participation will be limited to 20 people. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Numerous lunch venues exist within close proximity to the venue.

The workshop will be demonstrated with Photoscan Standard edition. Participants should bring a laptop with Agisoft Photoscan software installed, a digital camera (DSLR preferred) and notebook. Participants will be working in groups, so those who do not have access to a laptop, the Photoscan software or a camera, should be able to work alongside someone who does.

Agisoft Photoscan software download and computer requirements are available from their website: 30 day trial and education licenses are available. Notes will be made available to participants prior to the workshop. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Cost: AACAI members $150, Non-AACAI members $200

Payment details:

For more information, contact: Adrienne Ellis

Paul Macgregor, The Uncovered Past Institute

The Uncovered Past Institute will be undertaking the first archaeological excavation in Victoria of a Chinese mining settlement between 9th - 28th October 2017. For around thirty years from the late 1850s Harrietville was home to hundreds of Victoria’s Chinese gold miners. The largely undisturbed site includes mine workings, water races, building foundations, and gardens: a rare survivor of the heyday of Chinese gold mining in Victoria.

The project, happening over three weeks in October 2017, will be led by archaeologist Gordon Grimwade and run as a field school, and funded by public participation, along the lines of public field schools held overseas. It is an initiative of The Uncovered Past Institute, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to run archaeology projects based on public participation. Students and members of the public are encouraged to participate in this excavation.

The project team includes archaeologists Gordon Grimwade, Melissa Dunk, Jennifer Chandler, Allison Carrol and Asa Ferrier; and historians Paul Macgregor, Diann Talbot and Andrew Swift.

Highlights of project participation include:
Intensive training, and participation in, fieldwork (site excavation, site surveying), and artefact processing (cleaning, recording, identifying and cataloguing).
A maximum of 4 participants for every supervising archaeologist in our team.
Guided history and heritage tours of the Upper Ovens Valley, focusing on mining history and the Chinese pioneers of the Valley.
Daily and evening workshops and lectures.
Working alongside some of the most experienced archaeologists and historians of Chinese heritage, and mining heritage, in Australia.
Learning how to identify Chinese artefacts such as ceramics, coins, bottles, foodstuffs and beverages, medicines and opium-smoking paraphernalia.
Being a part of archaeological discovery in one of the key areas of 19th century Chinese mining history in Australia.

For more information, please visit the project

Caiti D'Gluyas

The first ASHA reading group will be taking place this Thursday! Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

ASHA is initiating a reading group for historical archaeologists in Sydney!

This is a semi-regular (quarterly) opportunity to catch-up with other historical archaeologists and discuss themes of interest. The venue, topic and facilitator will change with each event. There will be opportunities to start similar events in other places once we get going.

The first topic is 'Historical Archaeological Interpretation', in preparation for the upcoming conference, with Abi Cryerhall as this topic's facilitator. This event will be held on Thursday 24 August, 6pm, at GML Heritage (Level 6, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills).

Primary reading (please read this one as a priority):

McManamon, F, Archaeological Messages and Messengers in The Heritage Reader, Fairclough, G, 2008.

Additional readings:

Heritage Council of NSW, Heritage Information Series - Heritage Interpretation Policy.

Lewis, K, 2000, Imagination and Archaeological Interpretations: A Methodological Tale, Historical Archaeology, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 7-9.

Ireland, T, 2016, Up Close and Personal: Feeling the Past at Urban Archaeological Sites, Public History Review, Vol 23, pp. 43-55.

The event is free and open to anyone who is interested, however, RSVPs are essential (to Please also get in touch if you are having difficulties sourcing the papers. Expressions of interest for the next venue, topic and facilitator are also welcome.

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney presents a lecture by Nathalie Cohen, Head of Community Archaeology at the Museum of London Archaeology: Knole Unlocked- The secret history of a country mansion. This lecture will take place on 17 August 2017, and the evening will include champagne and pies.

Knole is one of England's largest country houses and is owned by the National Trust. Over the last five years, a major program of conservation has been underway, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This has involved repairs to the roofs and exterior, and extensive work within the showrooms, removing panelling and lifting floorboards to allow for repairs and new services. Archaeological investigation and recording of these previously unseen areas has greatly enhanced our understanding of this great house and this presentation will describe discoveries made during the course of this project.

Nathalie Cohen has worked on a number of different archaeological projects over the past 20 years, including: the Monuments at Risk Survey in the East Midlands, the Grimes London Archive Project and the Thames Archaeological Survey, and overseas at sites in Israel, the Czech Republic and Romania. She has also worked at the Museum of London Archaeology Service (now MOLA); as the Archivist for the unit, as a field archaeologist on excavations, and as a foreshore and built heritage specialist, on sites across Greater London, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Somerset, Devon and Surrey. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate at UCL, and also the Cathedral Archaeologist for Canterbury Cathedral.

Event details
6.00pm - 7.30pm Nicholson Museum The Quadrangle
Cost: $40, $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum and their Guests. $10 for Students.
RSVP: Please follow the link to register and pay online.

Conference Committee

ASHA and IA are pleased to announce the sessions for the 2017 joint conference entitled 'Travelling Stories' which will take place in October in Tasmania. We welcome all proposals for papers or presentations but especially those that fit in one of the sessions or with the general theme of the conference. There is currently room in the draft programme for both ASHA and IA to have a ‘general’ session where papers or presentations on any topic might be scheduled. However, please be aware that if new sessions are developed or existing sessions attract large numbers of proposals, these general sessions may be curtailed or dropped.

The list of sessions (which can be found here) is divided into:

  • ‘Joint Sessions’ which will be scheduled as plenaries; there will be no other concurrent sessions
  • ‘ASHA Sessions’ which will have a focus on historical archaeology but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with IA sessions and possibly other ASHA sessions
  • ‘IA Sessions’ which will have a focus on interpretation but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with ASHA sessions and possibly other IA sessions.

For more details about the call for papers/presentations, the sessions, how to submit or other general conference information, please see the following link:

And remember: early-bird registrations are now open!

To register please click the link below:

Compiled by Bronwyn Woff

The Heritage Act 2017 which becomes operative on 1 November 2017 is proposed to be supported by new Victorian Heritage Regulations 2017 and Heritage (Underwater Cultural Heritage) Regulations 2017 announced by the Minister for Planning. The Regulations will “set fees for certain activities, set penalties and infringement offences, require details and results of historical archaeological surveys to be provided to the Executive Director, prescribe documents and forms for activities established by the Heritage Act 2017”. A Regulations Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared, and comments are invited on this and the two sets of Regulations themselves. The closing date for submission of comments is Friday 28th July.

For more information, please see the following link:


Compiled by Bronwyn Woff

Excavation of the historic Bridge Inn Hotel is taking place at Mernda, north-east of Melbourne. Archaeologists have uncovered footings of the early hotel just under the top soil. Various artefacts have been found, as well as aboriginal artefacts. An open day is being held on Saturday, 8th of July between 10am-2pm.

For more information, please see the following links:

NASC Australia Committee

This year at NASC 2017 we are taking abstract submissions of 250 words for three categories, they are as follows:

Research Presentations:
  • A presentation of any original archaeological research conducted by or partly by the speaker. This could be research at any level of study (Honours, Masters, PhD etc). All types of research will be considered. Time limits will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
Excavation presentations:
  • A presentation of 5 minutes with 2 minutes of question time. The presentation is to cover details of an excavation which the speaker took part in. All types of excavation will be considered with the aim to give students the opportunity to hear about excavations happening globally. Speakers are advised to discuss their experiences, how they became involved in the excavation and any tips they have for people participating in an excavation.
Poster submissions:
  • A poster discussing any original work undertaken by or partly by the person submitting the poster. There is a size limit of 841 x 1189 mm (A0 size).
  • Poster submissions may be by individuals or as a group.

If you would like to present in one or more categories please fill out the form at:

Submissions for abstracts close on 1st August 2017

ASHA/IA Conference Committee

We are pleased to announce that registrations for the Travelling Stories Conference are now open! Options include registration for the whole conference (October 10th - 13th), or single days, as well as two optional conference-related tours, and the conference dinner.

Full registrations cover:
October 10th: attendance at the opening evening event in Launceston
October 11th: full day conference sessions in Launceston at The Tramsheds
October 12th: day trip by coach from Launceston to Hobart via key places along the Midlands Highway (the World Heritage-listed Brickendon Estate; Ross; and either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Shene Estate)
October 13th: full day conference sessions in Hobart at The Baha’i Centre for Learning (morning and lunch) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (afternoon)
Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea on October 11th, 12th and 13th

Two optional tours are available:
October 10th, Visit to Oura Oura in the Liffey Valley (numbers limited to 24) - $20.00
October 14th, Port Arthur Seminar, Port Arthur Historic Site (numbers limited to 50) - $50.00

An early bird rate will apply to registrations until August 31st

For full details and to register please follow the link below.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read the instructions for registering carefully before booking; it is most important that a new booking is completed for each individual wishing to attend the conference. The instructions can be found on the registration page.