Master Classes in Archaeology - 2015

Please Note:

1. Precise times of Master Classes are subject to change.  Make sure you check this web page again before attending any Master Class.

2. Owing to our need to book classrooms and in some cases vehicles and accommodation, we would ask that people please book in for the classes they are interested in at least 3 weeks in advance.   

 3. Graduate students will be given preference for all Master classes; undergraduate students SHOULD NOT APPLY unless the class specifically states that it is available to undergraduates.

If you are unable to attend a master class you have signed up for, you must let the PPPS office know as a matter of professional courtesy.  Students who do not give prior warning of their non-attendance of at least 24 hours (without a genuine emergency) will be excluded from the next two (2) classes they wish to attend. Students who repeatedly fail to notify PPPS of their non-attendance will be excluded from all future master classes.


Master Classes Semester One 2015


3 April 2015 - GOOD FRIDAY No classes



Potential and limits of ancient DNA in biomolecular archaeology —10 April 2015
Dr Bastien Llamas, ARC Senior Research Associate, Australian Centre for  Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES AFFILIATED WITH THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT MAY ATTEND.

After three decades of tumultuous existence, research in ancient DNA has morphed into the field of paleogenomics, reaching an unprecedented capacity to sequence complete genomes from a large number of long-dead organisms. By tracking changes in genetic diversity in real time, ancient DNA provides unique insights regarding recent evolutionary events, in particular regarding the hominin lineage. However, extracting and sequencing ancient DNA remains technically and economically challenging. This short lecture will give an overview of ancient DNA research with special focus on human evolution. I will briefly introduce the biochemical properties of ancient DNA and methods used in the laboratory, before highlighting the achievements, potential and limits of ancient DNA research.

Location: Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date: Friday 10 April 2015
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm
Costs: There is no cost.
Contact person: Mick Morrison
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Mid Semester Break: 17-24 April 2015 No classes


Specialist Library Skills for Independent Research – 1 May 2015
Aliese Millington - Humanities Liaison Librarian

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES AFFILIATED WITH THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT MAY ATTEND.

If you think you already know everything about the library, this master class will show you how much more you have to learn.  Delivered by the Humanities Liaison Librarian, Aliese Millington, this master class is designed specifically to assist graduate students who are undertaking independent research for Directed Studies, research methods, Masters or PhD theses, or any other research-based assignments.  It will show you how to use electronic and library resources more effectively, introduce you to some sources that you may not know about, and is a must for anyone who wants to succeed in their research.

Location: Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date: 1 May 2015
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm
Costs: There is no cost.
Contact person: Mick Morrison
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White Card Training - 8 May 2015

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES AFFILIATED WITH THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT MAY ATTEND. 
SPACES ARE LIMITED

The White Card course is a Nationally Recognised Training Course designed to provide the participants with a common understanding of Occupational, Health, Safety & Welfare principles and practices used on generic building, construction and civil sites. This course is a mandatory requirement for persons working on construction sites in Australia. This is a useful qualification for archaeology graduates seeking employment in the cultural heritage management sector.

On successful completion of the course students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry and their photo ID White Card.

Please note: this class requires registration and payment 1 week prior to the class commencing. Participants should also register with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Unique Student Identifier ahead of this course, and provide your USI number when you register. See: http://www.usi.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Location: Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date: Friday 8 May 2015
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Costs: $100 Payment must be made by 30 April. No refunds will be possible since the training provider is also unable to provide refunds unless cancellation is made 5 week days prior to the course.
Contact person: Mick Morrison
Click here to sign up .  (Note: Registration for this class will close 30th April)



Qualitative Research Methods for Archaeology and Heritage Mangement - 15 May 2015
Dr Darlene McNaughton, Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University

In this Masters Class, Dr McNaughton will provide an introduction to qualitative research by responding to the following questions: “What is Qualitative Research”; "What constitutes rigorous, trustworthy qualitative research”; and “ Why is it important  in Archaeology”.  Dr Darlene McNaughton is a social anthropologists who has undertaken long term ethnography fieldwork in Aotearoa, northern and southern India and western Cape York peninsula.  She teaches “PHCA9502 Qualitative Research methods” at Flinders university and has worked in cultural heritage for more than a decade

Location: Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date: 15 May 2015
Time: 10.00am-12noon
Costs: There is no cost.
Contact person: Mick Morrison
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22 May 2015 - To be advised



Knots and Splices – 29 May 2015
John Naumann, Department of Archaeology.

THIS MASTERCLASS IS RESTRICTED TO A MAXIMUM OF 10 STUDENTS.   UNDERGRADUATES AND COLLEAGUES AFFILIATED WITH THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT MAY ATTEND.

While knots, splices, and ropes were the everyday fare for maritime persons in days gone by, “city-slickers” need to be taught how to tie good, useful knots and they need to practice this skill.  This is not just a maritime skill either – every time you take a trailer out for terrestrial fieldwork you need to tie it down properly and safely, so knowing how to tie a good knot is an essential skill for all successful archaeological fieldwork.  

This wide ranging master class with Technical Officer and knot-wizard, John Naumann, will look at types of rope, how to care for rope, how to coil it and, of course, how to tie it.  John will cover a range of useful knots and splices for marine/maritime and terrestrial fieldwork.  Some of the knots covered will include the reef knot, sheet bend and double, double figure eight, bowline, eye splice and whipping.  The class will also practise the ever useful “truckies’ knot” (also known as the Waggoner’s hitch)—which is the ‘must have’ knot for any would-be serious archaeologist—rope work, throwing and pullies.

Location:  Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date:  Friday 29 May 2015
Time:  9.30am-1.00pm
Costs:  Nil
Contact person:  John Naumann
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Designing Professional Posters for Conferences and Community Groups – 5 June 2015
Dr Lynley Wallis, Wallis Heritage Consulting.

GRADUATES AND COLLEAGUES AFFILIATED WITH THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGY DEPARTMENT MAY ATTEND.

Thinking of presenting a poster at NASC, AIMA, ASHA or AAA this year? If so, then this Master Class is for you! Designed to teach you the basic skills required for creating professional looking posters for conference presentations and community groups, this Master Class will give you a general overview of poster dos and don’ts and some of the basics about software available.  Students will have the opportunity to put the theory into practice with a hands-on computer based session as part of this session.

Location: Flinders Campus, Humanities 112 (Archaeology Lab)
Date: Friday 5 June 2015
Time: 10.00am-1.00pm
Costs: There is no cost.
Contact person: Mick Morrison
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