Archaeology Week is full of life

National Archaeology Week 2020 is in full swing, with the public and students from many disciplines joining leaders of Flinders Archaeology in a series of special events.

Eminent guest lecturer, UNESCO Chair Professor Cornelius Holtorf from Sweden, will give a lecture tomorrow (Wednesday 20 May) and Flinders University Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Indigenous Australian Studies Dr Christopher Wilson  talks about Indigenous Archaeology on Thursday.

Dr Wilson, the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archaeology, will outline recent collaborations in Indigenous Australian archaeology and the global innovations underway in research and teaching including public outreach through museums and schools and benefits for Indigenous communities.

University of Sydney Dr James Flexner will follow Dr Wilson with a talk about the Archaeology of Vanuatu.

Under theme of ‘Archaeology of Society’, the online events kicked off yesterday (18 May) with Dr Ania Kotarba running an Opening Ceremony and then joining Associate Professor Ronika Power from Macquarie University for Q&A session (AMA – ‘Ask me anything’).

The online lectures continue on Saturday with a number of talks streamed in from eminent archaeologists around the world.

All lectures are recorded and will be available on ALL Archaeology FLO to be listened to.

Additional workshops and other events for Flinders students have been organised via the ALL Archaeology FLO site and can be accessed via eventbrite links that can be shared with members of general public.

Flinders Archaeology and History Society (ArcHSoc) has also put up a number of student-run events such as fieldwork workshops.

National Archaeology events can be found here – with profiles of other prominent archaeologists including Flinders University’s ‘Dr Space Junk’, Associate Professor Alice Gorman, and adjunct Associate Professor Lynley Wallis,  both also Indigenous archaeology researchers.

National Archaeology Week (17-23 May) aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage.

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