Australian Museum Archaeological Collection Deposition Policy

04th December 2013

Dejanovic 2013The Australian Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Aboriginal archaeological objects for NSW: a collection notable by its geographic and thematic extent, historic nature, the quality of its documentation and its accessibility. The archaeology collections were largely closed between 2002 and 2010, with little or no archaeological material being accepted. The poster discusses the Australian Museums Archaeological Collection Lodgement Policy and Protocols for the Deposition of Archaeological Materials. It outlines the conditions under which the Australian Museum will consider accepting archaeological materials collected under the framework of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and/or the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. In assessing whether to accept any individual archaeological collection or object(s) the Museum considers both the value (and significance) of the material, and the Museum’s capacity to accept it. Capacity depends on a range of factors including the availability of suitable space and staff, and the ability of the lodging party to comply with the Museum’s specifications. This poster provides an outline of the main principals and requirements for archaeological practitioners. It details the stages of deposition, the packaging requirements and the deposition fee structure.

The citation for this poster is:

Dejanovic, A. 2013 Australian Museum Archaeological Collection Deposition Policy. Poster presented at the AAA Annual Conference, 2-4 December, Coffs Harbour.

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