2004 Life Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Australian Archaeology Association

Luke Kirkwood

Luke Kirkwood’s journey in archaeology began with winning a high school Earthwatch competition to excavate with Bruno David in Cape York Peninsula followed by an honours degree at the University of Queensland. Luke’s major contribution to the Association has been to commit months of voluntary time as AAA Webmaster to build two complete versions of the website over the last 5 years (and all this while completing a PhD!). Luke’s work has made the website the major public face of the Association (with over 50,000 visits per month and growing) and provides services to members and access to a wide range of resources for the broader archaeological and non-archaeological community. These resources are not readily available elsewhere and are vital to the Association’s core mission to promote the advancement of Australian archaeology. Luke’s other contributions to the Association include: coordinating IT for the 2001 Hervey Bay conference; co-editing the 2001 conference proceedings (published as Tempus 7); building a new user-friendly AAA membership database; assisting with digitising AA1974-2003 and production of the DVD; creating the National Archaeology Week website, including working on the popular Meet the Archaeologist page; publishing research in AA; and active participation at AAA annual conferences. Luke’s work has almost single-handedly brought the Association into the 21st century and the website stands as a substantial and enduring contribution.