AAA Conference Code of Conduct

06th December 2019

The NEC of AAA have introduced a Conference Code of Conduct to be followed by conference participants. It can be downloaded here

ARC Linkage Grant for Cape York Rock Art

07th November 2019

A major new Australian Research Council Linkage project investigating Aboriginal rock art and cultural heritage management on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula has recently been awarded. The $1.342 million project (LP1901001940), led by Notre Dame University, with Flinders University, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, the University of Tasmania and University of Adelaide collaborators, is a major partnership with a number of Indigenous community organisations and agencies in the region.

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Nulungu Research Institute’s Dr Lynley Wallis and the team of experts and partners will spend the next five years mapping the largely unexplored Laura Sandstone Basin of Cape York Peninsula which hosts one of the richest bodies of rock art in Australia and the world.


For more information see:


31st October 2019

On 1 October, the Calga Aboriginal Cultural Landscape was recognised for its significance by being listed on the New South Wales Heritage Register.  Speaking at an emotional ceremony at Calga, New South Wales Aboriginal Affairs and Heritage Minister, Don Harwin, announced the heritage listing.  Minister Harwin acknowledged the exceptional social and spiritual importance of the Calga Women’s Site and its associated cultural landscape to Aboriginal people as the sacred birthplace of the creation deity, the emu-man Daramulan.

“I’m delighted that the Calga Aboriginal Cultural Landscape will be heritage protected as this remarkable site is such a sacred place for our First Nations people, particularly Darkinjung, Guringai and Mingaletta communities,” Mr Harwin said.

“This landscape is particularly revered by Aboriginal women as a link to their ancestors as well as a key resource for teaching future generations of Aboriginal children, particularly girls, about their culture and spirituality”.

MLC for the Central Coast and Hunter, Taylor Martin, agreed, saying: “Calga is a place of Law and ceremony and includes shared spaces for groups to gather and special gender-restricted areas for traditional ceremony by women

Wiradjuri woman and Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) member, Sharon Hodgetts, who helped save the site, was overwhelmed by the announcement: “Finally my obligation as an Aboriginal woman … can start to be fullfilled and I can start to do my role for my grandchildren, my granddaughters and for other girls to give them their culture. It’s a healing place for Aboriginal people … and everybody … it’s all about giving and sharing and loving.”

Tracey Howie, Cultural Heritage Officer at Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation, Traditional Owner, and AAA member, said she was lost for words after a 15-year battle drew to an end. “[I’m] ecstatic, absolutely ecstatic,” she told NITV News. “Words really can’t explain the relief from such a hard battle … and we overcame them all and we came together and the Aboriginal community has come together and we have united as one and we’ve been successful,” she said.

Annie Ross, a AAA member and one of the archaeologists who worked with the Aboriginal community in developing arguments regarding the significance of the landscape, was also delighted by the announcement.  “The Calga Aboriginal Cultural Landscape is unarguably one of the most significant cultural landscapes anywhere in Australia” she said.  The landscape brings archaeological evidence, oral history and ethnohistorical data together to produce a consistent and seamless narrative of heritage value.  There are elements in the landscape that are unique in Sydney rock art.  The associated totemic depictions in the many rock art sites in the landscape, the ceremonial sites, the resource areas, and the occupation sites all come together to tell a story of strong and ongoing connection to country”.

Following the announcement, members of the Aboriginal community performed a number of dances for the attendees.

AAA 2019 Early Bird Registrations close this Friday 11 October

08th October 2019

This is a reminder that the heavily discounted early bird registration rates close at the end of this week.  To take advantage of these rates please register by the close of business on Friday 11 October.

For those students, Indigenous representatives and carers that have applied for subsidies and are waiting the results of their applications, we will advise you before the close of the early bird rates in the next few days.

Register Here

Australian Archaeological Association 2019 Awards – Call for Nominations

09th September 2019

Each year the AAA aims to present four awards to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of members and colleagues to the field of archaeology in a number of ways.  This call for nominations sets out the criteria for each each of the four awards and the requirements of nominations.  If you wish to nominate someone who was nominated for the same award last year, but was unsuccessful, there is no need to resend your nomination documents.  Please just let the President know you wish to renominate that person, and last year’s nomination will be rolled over to this year.

1. Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology
The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development and promotion of archaeology in Australia. The Medal is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the field. Established in 2002, previous winners include Isabel McBryde (2003), John Mulvaney (2004), Sean Ulm (2017) and Harry Allen (2018).  A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.

Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s archaeological career and how this work has benefited Australian archaeology, as well as a full list of the nominee’s publications (in addition to the one page nomination). Note that nominees do not need to be members of the Association; be an Australian citizen; or work exclusively in Australia or on Australian material.  Nominations longer than one page will not be read.

2. John Mulvaney Book Award
The Award was established in honour of John Mulvaney and his contribution and commitment to Australian archaeology over a lifetime of professional service. It acknowledges the significant contribution of individual or co-authored publications to the archaeology of the continent of Australia, the Pacific, Papua-New Guinea and South-East Asia, either as general knowledge or as specialist publications. Nominations are considered annually for books that cover both academic pursuits and public interest, reflecting the philosophy of John Mulvaney’s life work. Established in 2004, previous winners include Val Attenbrow for Sydney’s Aboriginal Past (2004), Mike Morwood & Penny Van Oosterzee for The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that changed the Face of Human History (2007), and Nina Kononenko for Experimental and Archaeological Studies of Use-Wear and Residues on Obsidian Artefacts from Papua New Guinea (2012). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.

Nominations must be for books written by one or more authors, but not for edited books, published in the last three calendar years (i.e. 2017, 2018 or 2019). The nomination must be accompanied by at least two published book reviews. A short citation (no more than one page) on why the book should be considered must also be included.  Nominations longer than one page will not be read.

3. The Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement
This Award celebrates the important contribution that Bruce Veitch (1957-2005) made to the practice and ethics of archaeology in Australia. In particular, the award honours Bruce’s close collaboration with traditional owners on whose country he worked. It is awarded annually to any individual or group who has had long-standing and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities during archaeological or cultural heritage projects which have produced significant outcomes for Indigenous interests. Established in 2005, previous winners include Annie Ross (2008), Ian McNiven (2012) and Mel Marshall (2017). A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.

Nominees will have actively engaged with Indigenous communities to produce successful outcomes. The nature of nominations is flexible (e.g. video tape, audio tape, poster etc), considering the wide range of Indigenous collaborations and the remoteness of some communities. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include supporting statements from relevant Indigenous individuals or community organisations.

4. Life Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Previous winners include J. Peter White (2003), Luke Kirkwood (2004), Lynley Wallis (2012), and Jacq Mathews (2016).  A full list of past recipients can be found on the AAA website.

Nominations should consist of a one page statement outlining the nominee’s contributions to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Note that nominees must be members of the Association.  Nominations longer than one page will not be read.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations for all Awards will be considered by the Awards Sub-Committee and the Executive of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. with advice as appropriate from senior members of the discipline. The decision of the Executive is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Nominations to be addressed to the President at:
Mark your nomination “private & confidential”

and sent to arrive no later than 30 October 2019

Quinkan Country National Heritage Listing

07th September 2019

The Quinkan Country National Heritage Listing was enacted on November 10, 2018. As discussed at the last year’s AGM, the AAA thanks its members who made submissions in support of the National Heritage Listing of Quinkan Country. For more information on the spectacular Aboriginal cultural heritage of this area see:

AAA 2019 Abstracts submissions extended until 31 August

16th August 2019

Please note that in the tradition of AAA conferences the deadline for submission of paper abstracts has now been extended.  The revised submission closing date is the 31 of August.  There will be no further extensions beyond this date.

When submitting an abstract you will need to:

  • Provide a title, author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Nominate ONE session theme – more details here.
  • Indicate whether the abstract is an oral presentation or a poster presentation
  • Provide a 300-word abstract to appear in the Conference Booklet (maximum 2050 characters including spaces).

Submissions for abstracts close Saturday 31 August 2019

ICOMOS Conference 2019- Heritage of the Air: Modernism, Machines, Migration, Memories

11th June 2019

Australia ICOMOS is excited to present our 2019 Conference, Heritage of the Air: Modernism, Machines, Migration, Memories

The event will be held in Canberra, ACT, from 14-17 November 2019

This is a partnership event with the Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage Project, Aviation Cultures, Canberra Modern and ISC20C

You are now invited to submit your abstracts for papers for the conference sessions. Please see further details on the Call for Papers here.

You can access the conference website here

2019 Student Research Grants Scheme (SRGS) Results

09th June 2019

AAA congratulates the recipients of the SRGS for 2019.  This years successful grants cover a wide range of projects for students at various levels.  Congratulations to;

Katie Benfield (UWA), Sarah Collins (JCU), Joshua Connelly (JCU), Caitlin D’Gluyas (UNE), Calum Farrar (UQ), Robert Jones (Flinders), India Logan (UQ), Kim Newman (Griffith), Jordan Ralph (Flinders), Clara Santilli (Flinders), and Craig Westell (Flinders).

The AAA NEC would also like to thank the SRGS subcommittee for their hard work; Jane Balme (chair), Tiina Manne, Daryl Wesley, and J. Peter White.

AAA 2019 Call for Abstracts

07th June 2019

You are invited to submit an abstract to present at the Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, ‘Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Inhabited Continent on Earth’.

In this conference we take the opportunity to reflect on how archaeology has developed as a discipline and as a community in the 50 years since John Mulvaney published his landmark Prehistory of Australia. How has archaeology disrupted and continued to disrupt understandings of the past and ourselves? How have our understandings of people and transformation in Australia changed in the last 50 years? How has archaeology disrupted our dominant paradigms in archaeological method and theory? How has the culture of archaeological practice changed?

The first presenters/authors of papers and posters are required to be members of the Association. Click here to become a member.

When submitting an abstract you will need to:

  • Provide a title, author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Nominate ONE session theme – more details here.
  • Indicate whether the abstract is an oral presentation or a poster presentation
  • Provide a 300-word abstract to appear in the Conference Booklet (maximum 2050 characters including spaces)

Agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics, Sexual Harassment Policy 2012, Discrimination Policy 2012, Equal Opportunity Policy 2012 and Website and Social Media Policies

The Conference Organisers reserve the right to reassign your paper if they feel it is more appropriate for another session theme.

Please note that an individual may be the principal author and present only ONE oral presentation and ONE poster at the conference, although they can be subsidiary co-authors on any number of other papers and posters.

Please note: If your abstract is accepted for presentation at the conference, AT LEAST ONE named author on each paper must be registered for the conference by close of business on Friday 11 October 2019 or the paper will be removed from the program.

Submissions for abstracts close Friday 16 August 2019.

Early bird discounts for registration are available now on the conference website

AAA Reconciliation Action Plan update

03rd June 2019

As Reconciliation Week draws to a close we though members might like an update regarding the AAA Reconciliation Action Plan.

At the start of 2018 we established a subcommittee tasked with drafting the AAA RAP.

At last years AGM we announced that the draft plan was complete and requested funds to use for a consultation phase.

In Feb/March we sent out over 1,000 consultation emails and phone calls to any and all registered Native Title and other Indigenous representative groups regarding consultation.  We then sent out the draft to those (only a small number) who asked to be involved and will be checking on this soon.

We have also met and have very productive discussions with the Australian Indigenous Archaeological Association and have their feedback incorporated in the RAP, and are starting work on a draft MOU between our two Associations.

The next stage will be the coordination of a series of workshops held around Australia between July and September where we encourage all AAA members to attend, and get involved in the reconciliation conversation with the subcommittee.  This will be followed by an email out of the final RAP to all members (likely in October).

The final stage will be to seek formal endorsement of the RAP at the 2019 AGM during the Gold Coast Conference – yet another great reason for everyone to attend AAA this year!

Its never too late to get involved in this AAA project, and if you would like to be a part of the RAP subcommittee please get in contact at

Call for Papers: Rock art symposium, 11th October 2019, University of Melbourne

09th May 2019

Call for Papers: Rock art symposium, 11th October 2019, University of Melbourne

The aim of this one-day symposium in Melbourne is to have a robust discussion about the social and political dimensions of rock art in Australia. The symposium seeks to analyze the mechanisms under which rock art operates in Australia beyond archaeological engagement. The overall aim is to review and highlight what is and what is not working in rock art preservation in Australia. 

The symposium will be held following a three-day workshop in Gariwerd (the Grampians). The three-day workshop is facilitated by Parks Victoria, Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Nulungu Research Institute (the University of Notre Dame Australia), where Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners from around the nation will have the opportunity to discuss experiences, knowledge, ideas, challenges, successes, memories and traumas regarding rock art conservation and management. Their ability to join in with this workshop will provide fresh insights into future strategies.

We seek papers that present a methodological intervention into reductionist conservation histories by developing a more diverse vocabulary and directions for future research in and on this field. Please send abstracts of 200-300 words and queries to Antonio González ( Deadline is 20th May 2019.

Please see attached document for further details Call_for_Papers_Rock_Art_Symposium_Oct_19

Deadline for Conference Session Submission Closes Friday May 3rd

02nd May 2019

The deadline for session submissions closes this Friday (3 May 2019).  We urge all members considering convening a session to make sure their proposal is submitted on time.

Session organisers should provide a title and brief abstract (up to 200 words) of the proposed session(s), with an estimate of the number of individual paper spots requested. All individual sessions will run for 2 hours and include 6 presentations. All papers will be strictly 20 minutes in duration (15 mins speaking + 5 mins question time). Speakers may only present one paper during the conference, although they may be co-authors on other papers. Sessions that clearly relate to the Conference Theme will be prioritised for acceptance in the event of over-subscription.


Sessions can be submitted at the below link:

Barka, The Forgotten River Exhibition Adelaide

30th March 2019

For those members in the Adelaide region, or visiting Adelaide between now and mid-May, the ‘Barka, The Forgotten River’ Exhibition is on at Tandanya in Adelaide, exhibiting works by Barkandji artist Badger Bates and Justine Muller. The work as exhibited from 29th March to 17th May 2019 at Tandanya, 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Detailed profiles of the artists and exhibition details can be found in the flyer here


CCANESA Apollo Fellowship Applications open

27th March 2019

The Apollo Visiting Fellowship – Closes May 31st 2019

Value: AUS $4,000

Background and Aims
The Apollo Visiting Fellowship is open to applications by young scholars of Classical Archaeology (defined as the archaeology of ancient Greece and Italy) to come to Sydney to consult with academic experts in their field and to work on their research at the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia at the University of Sydney for a concentrated period.

Terms and Conditions
The Fellowship is open to young scholars from any country outside Australia who are within three years after the award of their PhD.

PhD students in the final stages of the writing of their thesis may also apply, if they can demonstrate the benefit of consulting the academic expertise available at the University of Sydney for the completion of their doctorate.

The sum of AUS $4,000 is intended to serve as a total contribution toward the costs of travel to and accommodation in Sydney for the period of the Fellowship. The Fellow may determine the length of their stay but it is hoped that they will be able to remain for a minimum of two weeks. It would be desirable if some of their stay coincided with an academic semester (roughly: March-‐‐June; August-‐‐November). Office space will be made available for Fellows in CCANESA. Fellows will be asked to give a seminar and a lecture.

Application form can be found here

AAA 2019 Save the Date and Earlybird Pricing

25th March 2019

AAA will soon be launching the website for the 2019 conference in Surfers Paradise.  The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Continent on Earth’.

The NEC and conference organizing committee are working hard to make this a fantastic conference.  We will be meeting at the Mantra on View, located right in the middle of Surfers Paradise, and we have secured affordable accommodation packages with the Mantra.

As each year passes, we recognise that AAA conferences have unfortunately become more expensive, especially for students.  This year, we are very happy to announce that the NEC has substantially reduced the early-bird conference registration rates for students and regular members.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of the early-bird rates, which will be $200 for students and $400 for regular members.  These reduced rates, combined with other initiatives, aim to widen the appeal of the annual AAA conference and increase attendance; so if you work in the university sector, please be sure to encourage your students to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in Surfers Paradise this December!

Archaeologists for the Barka-Darling Subcommittee

17th February 2019

As discussed at the 2018 AGM, the AAA would like to formally announce the formation of the ‘Archaeologists for the Barka-Darling Subcommittee’. In consultation with the NEC, the subcommittee has offered the following ‘vision statement’ of its aims for the coming year:

The Archaeologists for the Barka-Darling Subcommittee aims to promote the conservation and improvement of environmental and cultural heritage management in the Barka-Darling catchment.  We view the environment and cultural heritage of the region as inseparable elements and lend our support to Indigenous people’s calls for improvement to the river’s condition.  As experts in archaeology and cultural heritage management our goal is to conserve heritage places and promote research in the catchment through advocacy, comment, media and submissons.

As most of you are aware, the region has been affected by horrendous environmental circumstances over the past month.  Thus, the formation of this committee is timely, and we are seeking expressions of interest from members that would like to assist the subcommittee.

The subcommittee is chaired by Doug Williams, and he advises there is plenty of scope to get involved. If you would like to be considered for this subcommittee, email your expression of interest to:

2019 AAA Gold Coast Conference – Save the Date

Famous for its the sun, surf and sandy beaches, you are invited to join us on the Gold Coast for the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Annual Conference, ‘Disrupting Paradise: The Archaeology of the Driest Continent on Earth’. Mark your calendar now for the 10 – 13 December 2019 for the premier Australian Archaeology Conference.

Being held at Mantra on View, Surfers Paradise, the AAA Conference will reflect on how archaeology has developed as a discipline and as a community in the 50 years since John Mulvaney published his landmark Prehistory of Australia. How has archaeology disrupted and continued to disrupt understandings of the past and ourselves? How have our understandings of people and transformation in Australia changed in the last 50 years? How has archaeology disrupted our dominant paradigms in archaeological method and theory? How has the culture of archaeological practice changed?

The 2019 Conference website with registration and call for sessions will be launched shortly.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in December.