WA: Back to the Future – Australian archaeology now and into the future


Event Details


Dr Michael Slack’s seminar is an exploration of Australian archaeology in 2018 in terms of research, teaching and as a profession. It will look at strengths and weaknesses, and looks forward to where our current trajectory might send us in the future. Discussing the changing face of archaeology and responding to the challenges of relevancy, new sciences, and inclusiveness the seminar explores the potential ways we can ensure a strong discipline in the future. Central to this discussion is the role that the Australian Archaeological Association plays and might play in the future.

Biography: Michael is Director of Scarp Archaeology, an archaeological consulting company specializing in large, complex projects for major industry, specializing in remote arid and semi arid environments, and is the current President of the Australian Archaeological Association. He is a Partner Investigator in the Centre of Excellence in Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), Research Fellow at James Cook University, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Since 2007, Michael has led many large-scale survey and excavation projects throughout Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. In particular he has specialized in the Pilbara Region.

Michael has qualifications in archaeology and in history from Sydney University, the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. His PhD (conferred in 2007) examined the prehistory of the Waanyi People of northwest Queensland from an evolutionary anthropological perspective, recording evidence of the oldest occupation in Queensland and strong indications of glacial refugia settlement.

Part of the University of Western Australia Archaeology Seminar Series 2018

All welcome!

Time and date: 12-1pm, Tuesday 22 May 2018

Location: Social Sciences, Room 1.93 (Fishbowl), The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

Enquiries: Ana Paula Motta anapaula.motta@research.uwa.edu.au or Martin Porr martin.porr@uwa.edu.au