Joint Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology/Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Conference
Sponsored by Australian Archaeological Association
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 7:00pm

University of Notre Dame Australia and the Western Australian Museum
Fremantle , WA

2012 ASHA and AIMA 'Surf and Turf' Joint Conference

This conference aims to draw together the shared interests of researchers in historical and maritime archaeology by linking aspects of land and sea - ‘Surf and Turf’. Together, such sites form a holistic landscape that can be documented and interpreted to provide a better understanding of past events, activities and human behaviour. 

Areas of interest to archaeologists such as exploration, colonisation, trade and communication have similar conjunctions with no distinction between the low tide mark. Papers and posters will explore the networks and connections between land and sea both conceptually and archaeologically.

Keynote speaker

The conference’s keynote speaker is Christer Westerdahl from the Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Westerdahl has written extensively on maritime cultural landscapes, with many papers and articles (c. 700) on the topic and related prehistoric cosmology based on the relationship between sea and land, concepts of maritime cultural theory, and how the sea is tied with the inland by transport.


Registration is now open for the 2012 ASHA/AIMA Surf and Turf conference, for rates and to register online please see the website, Registration includes Admission to the full conference program; Welcome event on Sunday 30 September at the Maritime Museum’s Victoria Quay Function Centre; Morning and afternoon tea on each day of the conference, and; Registration bag and abstracts brochure.

Post-Conference Tours

Thursday 4 October 

Perth walking tour
Tour Leader: Richard Offen, Gaye Nayton and Robert Cross    
Price: $10
Richard Offen from Heritage Perth, Gaye Nayton and Robert Cross, archaeologists will give a guided tour of the archaeology of Perth’s government area. Richard will introduce the architecture and heritage of this half of the original Perth town site set aside for administrative and religious functions. Robert will guide the tour through the heritage and archaeology of St Mary’s Cathedral precinct including the Cathedral, the Pro-Cathedral with a possible look through Mercy Convent. Gaye will introduce the archaeology of the Government Domain which is the only government domain in Australia still in its original location. The tour will be allowed into the Government House Gardens to view the First Government House site, the late 19th century pleasure garden under which lies the governor’s farm, Drummond’s 1834 botanical garden and the original road to the port of Perth edged by a convict built wall still standing. Outside the gardens on the reclaimed foreshore Gaye will end the tour by introducing the archaeology of the Port of Perth.

Garden Island and Peel town
Full day tour of the 1829 British camp on Garden Island and Peel town on the mainland. Price $40, with a minimum of 15  
for tour to run. Please contact Shane Burke at

Friday 5 October 

Lime kiln tour
Tour leader: Gaye Nayton
Price: $50
Pickup: Conference venue, Fremantle
One day bus tour of the lime kilns of the Wanneroo district. The Wanneroo district has a collection of early 20th century lime kilns in ruined condition and one surviving working kiln. The tour will take in the archaeological sites of the Emerald Reserve Kilns and camp site, Cooper’s Kiln, Kiln Road Kilns and Lake Road kilns. The tour will also include a visit to the Wanneroo Regional Museum to view, amongst other things a short film of the Susac kiln in operation. If time allows Cockman House museum and Perry’s Paddock can be added to the tour. Morning tea at the Wanneroo Botanical Gardens and lunch at the Café Elixar is included.


Please note the call for papers and posters has now passed and a preliminary program is now available online,

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