Location: Esperance, Western Australia, Australia
This unique field programme offers travellers, students or interested groups the opportunity to experience the incredible cultural heritage, seascapes, outback, and wildlife of Western Australia’s south coast. The programme provides practical field training, cultural activities, and workshops, centred on:
Traditional Culture and Life Styles
Indigenous and Maritime Archaeology Methods and Fieldwork
Human-Environment Interactions over the last 15,000 years
Methods of archaeological survey, mapping, recording, and excavation
Wildlife surveys and threatened species monitoring
Practical experience in heritage conservation and rehabilitation
Bush survival, hiking and navigation
The field work is part of a holistic research programme conducted by a range of specialists in collaboration with the Traditional Owners:
Modelling and understanding past climate change and the formation of the Recherche Archipelago and the present-day mainland.
Archaeological surveys and excavations to examine patterns of human occupation and use of this landscape over the last 15,000 years, and documenting known and recently discovered rock art sites and other cultural features.
Searching for evidence of the rich maritime history, including the investigation of shipwreck sites and the activities of Australia’s only known pirate, Black Jack Anderson.
Surveying for and monitoring populations of rare and endangered flora and fauna, including the Australian Fur Seal, Western Ground Parrot, Cape Barren Geese, Whales, and Great White Sharks.
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Pleistocene, Early, Middle, Late Holocene
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 15 days
Room and Board Arrangements
All accommodations and meals provided with registration - accommodations vary from cabins to camping.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
- The Archaeologist's Field Hanbook, by Hether Burke and Claire Smith.
- Prehsitory of Australia by John Mulvaney and Johan Kamminga