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Applied Archaeology Field School

Location: Esperance, Western Australia, Australia

February 10, 2012 to March 30, 2012

Session dates: 
Four programes per year - see brochure

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon gk_field_brochure.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Gabbie Kylie Field School

Project Director:

David Guilfoyle

Project Description

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

Australia archaeology anthropology environmental conservation

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 15 days

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

All accommodations and meals provided with registration - accommodations vary from cabins to camping. 

$AUD2500 per fortnight

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
David Guilfoyle
1803 Northwestern Avenue
Recommended Bibliography: 

- The Archaeologist's Field Hanbook, by Hether Burke and Claire Smith. 

- Prehsitory of Australia by John Mulvaney and Johan Kamminga