Monitor NEWS PICTURED is the group currently participating in the archaeological program (from left) Mick McKenzie, Oliver Macgregor, Heather Leasor, Lisbeth Louderback, Kimbi Macy, Marjorie Sullivan (partially obscured at the back), Bonnie Mayo (with hat), KayLee Abbott, Philip Hughes (with beard), Ben Marwick, Angela Spitzer, Laura Minchk, Jo Thredgold (at the back), Mark Agostini, Rukie Hartman-Thomas (in the front with long hair), Paulina Przystupa, Jordan Martinez, Traevis Field, Harry Dare (with beanie).
‘Australian Desert Archaeology Field School’ brings American students to OD By Celeste Lustosa
ver the past three years a team led by two of Australia’s leading archaeologists, Drs Philip Hughes and Marjorie Sullivan, has been identifying and recording archaeological sites in the vicinity of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia, ahead of the proposed expansion English visitors John Carpenter and Katie Duckworth with Roxby host Teresa (centre).
From England to the Outback By Celeste Lustosa
to see the ‘real’ Australia, which would have to inohn Carpenter and clude the Outback. Katie Duckworth “We wanted to see the are a couple from red sand and more of Australia. So a friend that we England and less than made at the winery told us a year ago they had no that he knew Teresa and idea of the adventures she lived in Roxby Downs. and unforgettable times Soon enough she invited they would have in the us to come and visit,” Katie Australian Outback. explained. During their visit to Australia became part Teresa Baddely and Leigh of their itinerary because Malcolm’s home, the couKatie knew people in Adple had a chance to visit elaide. Soon they found a the Lake Eyre and William job at a winery in WoodCreek. side, in the Adelaide Hills “People in South Ausand they fell in love with tralia are so friendly and we were very touched that Teresa and Leigh opened their house to host us. “I don’t know what we have done in our lives to deserve to be so well looked after,” Katie said. LIVE When asked what the ENTERTA INMENT! favourite Australia spot ! D “Rocky was, the couple could River FOO not pick one place. Band” “We have had so many diﬀerent experiMAR ences everywhere that is K hard to pick one place, STAL ET but we definitely love LS! it here in Roxby,” Katie explained. “Australia is just so E TH different from EngFUN FOR LY! land and Australians AMI from diﬀerent regions WHOLE F are also diﬀerent from each other, so it’s been amazing months,” John added. a Jumping They also visited New a Wheelbarrow Castle Zealand and Fiji and are Race a Billy Kart Race heading to some Asian countries after leaving All Enquiries: Australia.
the place. “This whole trip has been amazing; the best experience I have ever had,” said Katie. John said he had travelled with friends before, but nothing that can be compared to this trip with Katie. “It’s very different to make a trip like this with your girlfriend and be together all the time, but we have been having the best times,” he said. After travelling through the big cities in Australia the couple felt they needed
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According to a BHP Billiton’s spokesperson, this work has now moved to a new phase in which some sites will be salvaged, so that information about the presence and activities of Aboriginal people over time can be available to future generations. “This work has been undertaken in full consultation with the Kokatha, Kuyani and Barngarla Aboriginal communities. “The archaeological team includes a representative from each of these communities who are working fulltime with the team.” At present the team has been joined by a group of students in the
‘Australian Desert Archaeology Field School’ being run by the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington State. The goal of the students is to contribute towards understanding the patterns in the distribution of tool types and other site attributes, by analysing the distribution of the sites that they record and identify relationships between archaeological attributes and geomorphology and geology. They will also be analysing the material they excavate and identify changes in these patterns and relationships over time. This data will be suitable for undergraduate research projects at the University of Washington and potential dissertation topics for honours and graduate students. Students are being deeply embedded in Australian rural and industrial cultures, which are very diﬀerent from what the students are familiar with, and exposure to them will broaden their understanding of the range of cultural variation, even amongst English-speakers. Also by working on a large mining operation students will experience
the culture of this industry, especially by learning and following the strict safety procedures. Students will be accommodated directly with mine workers and will have ample opportunity to socialise and discover similarities and diﬀerences between the local way of life and their own. The team includes three archaeologically trained ﬁeld assistants from the local Aboriginal traditional landowner groups who will be on hand to work with the students and introduce them to aspects of the local Aboriginal culture. “They will be at Olympic Dam for five weeks in July and August identifying, collecting and analysing archaeological sites as part of their scholarly work under the supervision of an Assistant Professor at the University, Ben Marwick, who also has been working on the project since it started. “This reﬂects the international signiﬁcance the work has – it is believed this is one of the largest site recording and salvage programs of its type ever undertaken anywhere.” Overall, the entire salvage program at OD will take four years to complete.
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