WA: Ten Hundred Words of Archaeology – UWA archaeologists explain their research


Event Details


Using only the most commonly used English words this seminar will treat you to the state of PhD research in archaeology from UWA. The remainder of this abstract is written using only the ten hundred words people use the most often, which is also known as Up Goer Five.

We look at old things from the past and what people did with them and why. We have not finished looking at those old things at this place with many books and people reading them. The talks are by both students and teachers and will be about their work and then how writing this talk was hard. Each talk will be short and will be about:

  • How long did people from the past in the north west wear small hard white things from the sea to make themselves look beautiful? – Fiona Hook
  • Putting rock art together with other old things by seeing where it is to know if from long ago or not so long ago – Lucia Martinez Clayton
  • Did people who lived near the beach north of here always eat sea food? – Carly Monks
  • The study of a shop owner’s life a long time ago when the city north of the big city was still a small town – Melissa Hetherington
  • When water does not run: understanding life on the streets of the big town up the river – Sven Ouzman, Rebecca Foote, Natasha Busher, Liam Phillips

About the speakers:

  • Fiona Hook (PhD Candidate; Honorary Research Fellow, UWA). Fiona studies what people did a long time ago and is a student. She has done this type of work for a long time, often for money but not always.
  • Lucia Clayton Martinez (PhD Candidate, UWA). Lucia is a student that likes to know where everything is and why.
  • Carly Monks (PhD Candidate, UWA).  Carly studies dead animals and other things, to understand how people lived and what they ate in old times.
  • Melissa Hetherington (PhD Candidate, UWA). Melissa studies what people did not that long ago, she studies bottles and other things left behind in shops and houses and wants to know why people say one thing about drinking but do something different.
  • Sven Ouzman (Discipline Chair Archaeology, UWA).  Sven and Marnie are closer to when they will die than when they were born while for Rebecca, Natasha and Liam it is the other way around. We all study people today and also long ago.

All welcome!

Time and date: 4-5pm, Thursday 24 May 2018

Location: The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009