National Archaeology Week – Judy Birmingham and the origins of Australian Historical Archaeology


Thursday, 16 May 2019 | 5:30pm for 6pm – 7pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Before National Archaeology Week commences on Sunday, 19 May 2019, the RAHS is holding a pre-launch lecture entitled, “I want a really good man and I have written to Professor Mallowan …” Judy Birmingham and the origins of Australian Historical Archaeology

Judy Birmingham is well known for her roles in the development of historical archaeology and cultural heritage management, yet she arrived at Sydney University in 1961 on the basis of her credentials as a Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeologist. A review of contemporaneous correspondence throws fascinating light on the circumstances of her appointment and subsequent events that suggest some of the reasons for her change of career focus.

About the speaker: Andrew Wilson is an historical archaeologist with a particular focus on the application of digital methods archaeology. His research interests include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use in the interpretation and analysis of historical maps and the archaeology of Indigenous-European interaction in Australia.

[Image: Judy Birmingham and Andrew Wilson at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks on Central Australia fieldwork in 1994. Photograph by Alistair Patterson.]

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