Topic ID #37815 - posted 12/19/2016 4:49 PM

Ethnoarchaeology Field School - South Australia


April 10-14 2017, Flinders University




 The Ethnoarchaeology Field School teaches students how to undertake ethical and culturally sensitive ethnoarchaeological research with Aboriginal communities.  Activities may include site recording, artefact recording, and collecting oral histories.

  Themes explored include:

    • Relationships between sites, people and landscapes

    • Aboriginal people and contemporary meanings of places, sites and landscapes.

    • The sophistication of Aboriginal social systems.


This field school provides a unique opportunity to learn about doing archaeology with Aboriginal people.  The topic is open to university students and to members of the public, through the short-course option.


This fieldschool provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake 'community' archaeology in Australia. Students will have the chance to learn field-based archaeological skills, while at the same time developing other practical and personal skills necessary to conduct archaeological research with Aboriginal communities.

In 2016 the Ethnoarchaeology field school will be run at Port Lincoln, in South Australia.

 * Archaeological site recording *  Indigenous Australian culture * Archaeology and ethics *

Arrival and Departure

 Make sure you schedule your travel to arrive before the field school begins and leave after it finishes.  This means that all students need to be in Port Lincoln on the evening of the 9th of April, departing on the morning of the 15th of April.



In 2017 the Ethnoarchaeology Field School will be held at Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Port Lincoln is located 650km from Adelaide.

The Eyre Peninsula was renowned for the violent contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers in the 1840s and 1850s. Against this background the Lutheran missionary Clamor Schurmann arrived as Assistant Protector of Aborigines in 1840, intent on imparting ‘Christian instruction’ to local Barngarla people and bringing about amicable relations between them and settlers. After much campaigning he received government funds to set up a school east of Port Lincoln in 1850. This operated entirely separately to the nearby Poonindie mission and taught children in the Barngarla language.

As one of the few ‘missionising’ sites to operate outside of punitive or isolationist modes of thought, Schu?rmann’s school speaks directly to Barngarla people’s ability to engage with Europeans on their own terms. Schu?rmann’s school, situated as it was within an otherwise fraught frontier, was probably one of the few places of safety for Barngarla people and because of its bespoke purpose continues to function as a central place within contemporary community value systems today.

This project will conduct archaeological work at the site in order to reveal valuable—and rare—information about early cross-cultural encounters at Port Lincoln. The archaeology of this site can offer material insights into Indigenous perspectives as people creatively adapted to, and shaped, colonial encounters in this place, as well as revealing the everyday aspects of frontier life which have hitherto been marginalised in colonial accounts.


There are 2 enrolment options:

  1. Flinders University students please enrol using the same process as for your other topics. Please contact Heather Burke ( for further details about the field school and selection procedures.
  2. Non-Flinders University applicants please click on the following link:


For further information

If you need further information please contact the Project Director, Heather Burke, in the Department of Archaeology:


Phone: 08 82013795

c/- Department of Archaeology,
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia


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