Archaeology Field School in the Remote Aboriginal Community of Barunga

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Location: Barunga, NT, AU

Season: July 6, 2019 to July 12, 2019

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: 20% discount for AIA members

Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Flinders University

Project Director:
Professor Claire Smith

Project Description:

This Barunga community archaeology fieldschool has been running annually since 1998. It runs from July 6th to 12th each year. It is led by Claire Smith and Gary Jackson,who have worked with this community every year since 1990, and by community Elders, Rachael Willika/Kendino, Nell Brown, Joslyn McCarthy and Jeannie Tiati. We often work with Aboriginal artists, Wesley Willika and  Trevor Atkinson.

Community archaeology has an important focus on community participation, training, capacity building and outreach. Our community archaeology field school is organised around community requests for assistance to document, record, preserve and manage important aspects of their local heritage.

This topic will develop students’ abilities to participate in community archaeology work in both an Indigenous and non-Indigenous context.  Students will be required to employ skills to an advanced level, which may include those related to site and artefact recording, mapping, collecting oral histories, and ethical interactions with community members, as appropriate to the community archaeology context.  

Participants are taught by community members, who are experts in cultural in knowledge, as well as by staff and postgraduate students from Flinders University.

More information is available here:

Period(s) of Occupation: Ranges from the deep past (rock art and excavations) to the contemporary world (graffiti and graveyards), depending on what the community wants done that year.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: The full period

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: None. This is a teaching field school. We are more interested in whether you want to learn from Aboriginal people about Aboriginal culture.

Room and Board Arrangements:
We all camp. We share the cooking, the cleaning and the washing up.  Cost: There are different costs associated depending on your enrollment: Flinders University Students a. The normal 4.5-unit topic fee for archaeology and students may choose to defer payment via HECS. Enrolled international students are liable for normal international tuition fees. b.  AUD$1,110 * (inclusive of GST) Fieldwork costs (this includes all accommodation, food, travel between Darwin and the field school location, and incidentals). Overseas Short Course Participants a. AUD$3,350 tuition fee (inclusive of GST). b. AUD$1,110 (inclusive of GST) Fieldwork costs (this includes all accommodation, food, travel between Darwin and the field school location, and incidentals). Non-Flinders University Domestic Short Course Participants a. AUD$2,133 tuition fee (inclusive of GST). b. AUD$1,110 (inclusive of GST). Fieldwork costs (this includes all accommodation, food, travel between Darwin and the field school location, and incidentals).

Academic Credit:
Overseas short course participants receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that the short course is equivalent to the completion of the Flinders University topic ARCH8801, a 4.5-unit topic. Participants should be able to use this to negotiate their own credit transfer with their home institution. credits offered by Flinders University. Tuition is Assessment is conducted during the fieldschool. It usually consists of three short blogs (before, during, and at the end of the fieldschool), a test about culture and Aboriginal relationships to land, a journal, participation and a community product/report..

Contact Information:

Claire Smith

Flinders University GPO Box 2100


South Australia



Phone: 882781934

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