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.