Indigenous Archaeology in Australia Field School (ARCH3310/ARCH8803/8809)

Students who have completed a previous Indigenous Archaeology Field School can only undertake a second if it is at a different site and with a different Aboriginal community.

In 2014 the ARCH8803/8809 field school will be run as part of a the Ngadjuri Heritage Project (NHP), a co-ordinated approach by the Ngadjuri Nation to the research, planning and management of key areas and regions in Ngadjuri land.  It has the following specific aims:

  • Identify and record Aboriginal sites on Ngadjuri Land.
  • Integrate this data with data collected over the last two years of the project (funded by the National Heritage Program) to develop a database of site locations for the region.
  • Augment the above data with ethnographic and historic data on site use and significance through the conduct of archival research and oral histories.
  • Use a GIS program to pull these different forms of information together to develop cultural maps for the region.

The cumulative outcomes of this research are:

  • The development of a significant database of Ngadjuri heritage sites.
  • An overall strategic cultural heritage management framework for Ngadjuri lands.