News and events

Archaeology hosts a variety of events, including seminars, lectures, colloquium and social gatherings. We also run a field school each June-July in South Africa.

Regular events:

Archaeology morning tea

Archaeology staff and Postgraduate students are all invited to Monday Munchies, a morning tea held each Monday at 11am in MB 160B. Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided.

Archaeology seminar series

La Trobe's Archaeology Program holds a weekly seminar each Thursday during the semester, in which Australian and international archaeologists working in a range of professions discuss their work.
Contact: Andy Herries

Annual Allen Archaeology lecturer

The Allen Lecture was established in 2005 to honour the career and achievements of Professor Jim Allen, the Foundation Chair of the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University.
The next Allen Lecture will be held in 2016.
Contact: Richard Cosgrove

Victorian Archaeology Colloquium

The Victorian Archaeology Colloquium is a one-day event for people working in Victorian archaeology to share the results of their work over the past 12 months, and to catch up generally.
The next Colloquium will be held on Friday 5 February 2016 (registration opens January 2016).
Copies of the Colloquium publication – Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria – can be purchased here
Contact: Caroline Spry

National Archaeology Week

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia's unique cultural heritage.
La Trobe University will be organising a student lecture series and other events for National Archaeology Week 2016. Watch this space for more information!

La Trobe University Archaeological Society

The La Trobe University Archaeological Society (LAS) is a vibrant community of archaeology students, professionals and enthusiasts, and hosts numerous events throughout the year. Membership is open to all irrespective of qualification or experience. View LAS upcoming events.

Special events:

Drimolen Field School 2016, South Africa

Every June-July, between semesters 1 and 2, Archaeology runs an Undergraduate and Postgraduate field school in geoarchaeology and palaeoanthropology at Drimolen Cave in South Africa. The cave is dated to around 2.0-1.4 million years and has yielded over 130 specimens of the early hominin species Paranthropus robustus and early Homo, as well as Early Stone Age stone tools and some of the earliest bone tools in the world. It has also yielded a wealth of other primate, antelope and carnivore fossils, including false sabre tooth cats.

The field school has an excavation element as well as nightly lectures covering all aspects of South African archaeology, palaeontology and geology. Currently credit for the field school is gained by undertaking a related reading course subject, but in 2017 the field school will hopefully run as a full credit out-of-semester study tour (fieldwork) course.

For more information, a brochure and applications contact Andy Herries

Bolt's Farm investigations, South Africa

Archaeology at La Trobe has been involved with excavations at the fossil site of Bolt's Farm for a number of years. The deposits here are entirely paleontological in nature, having not yielded stone tools or hominin fossils, but do contain a wide array of important specimens, particularly of large extinct false sabre tooth cats.

La Trobe University Postgraduate students have been involved in mapping of the geology of the sites and their dating through ground penetrating radar (GPR) analysis, palaeomagnetism and electron spin resonance (ESR) studies. There are further opportunities to be involved with this research as part of our HDR and honours programs.

For more information contact Andy Herries


Latrobe historian and author Clare Wright to tour China

Latrobe historian and author Clare Wright is currently on a ten-day speaking tour of China, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and organised by the Australian Embassy in Beijing. She will be giving lectures and writing workshops in Guangzhou, Hefei and Shanghai, as well as participating in the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing.

PhD student Matt Carter begins fieldwork for 'The First Ships Project' in New Zealand

PhD student Matt Carter has commenced fieldwork for the 'The First Ships Project' in New Zealand.

To follow progress of these investigations, check out the project blog here or Facebook updates here.

Listen to Matt Carter's interview on NZ radio about his recent dig at NZ's earliest Pakeha shipyard.

Announcement of ARC Discovery Project 2016 funding

Congratulations to Associate Professor Susan Lawrence on receiving funding for the project Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historical Gold Mining for Victoria's Rivers.

In collaboration with:

  • Associate Professor Ian Rutherford (The University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Ewen Silvester (La Trobe University, School of Life Sciences)
  • Dr Darren Baldwin (CSIRO)
  • Professor Mark Macklin (Aberystwyth University)

$650,187 over three years

Announcement of 2014 Undergraduate Archaeology Prizes

Historical Archaeology in Australia Academic Achievement Award

  • Awarded to the student who achieves the highest result in Historical Archaeology in Australia. The recipient receives $1000 donated by Ochre Imprints Pty Ltd.
  • Recipients: Anthony Romano and Isabel Tickle

Indigenous Archaeology in Victoria Academic Achievement Award

  • Awarded to the student who achieves the highest result in Indigenous Archaeology in Victoria. The recipient receives $1000 donated by Ochre Imprints Pty Ltd.
  • Recipient: Chris (Alvington Christopher) Silvester

La Trobe 3MT Championship

The 3MT is a research communication competition, during which PhD students discuss their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.
The La Trobe University 3MT Championship was held on Wednesday 2 September 2015. Archaeology Postgraduate student Edwina Kay represented the College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce (ASSC) in the Championship, discussing her thesis topic 'The Archaeology of institutions: The former Convent of the Good Shepherd, Abbotsford'.
Edwina's fantastic presentation can be viewed here:

Aboriginal earth oven recreation experiments in Horsham 23-24 October 2015

Archaeology students from La Trobe University, led by PhD Candidate Maurizio Campanelli, helped Barengi Gadjin Land Council build an earth oven, which Aboriginal people traditionally used to cook food.

More information about these experiments can be found here or by contacting Maurizio Campanelli.