School of Social Sciences In this talk I would like to take you on a voyage of discovery as we probe the ancient mysteries of Atlantis. I would like to reveal the location, history and customs of the Lost Continent, and the Wisdom it has to teach the modern world...
Unfortunately, as much as I would like to do these things, I do not actually think that there is any reason at all to believe in Atlantis (let alone Atlantean “Wisdom”). Atlantis is entirely imaginary, and the thousands of books about it are works of fiction. These works reveal nothing about a “Lost Continent”; rather, they tell us a good deal about certain aspects of Western culture during the last century and a half. In this lecture, I argue that attempts to imagine Atlantis are often really responses to modernity, and discussions of issues relevant to the modern world, such as race, identity, and science. The process of imagining Atlantis starkly reveals one of the social functions of pseudo-archaeology and fringe ancient history: the search for a “usable” ancient past.
All welcome. Entry is by gold coin donation at the door.
Please join us afterwards for light supper and a chat – find out how “down to earth” archaeologists really are.
Calling interested members to help with CAS ACT Heritage Grants: Crinigan’s Hut Conservation and signage The remains of John and Maria Crinigan’s hut are conserved off Wanderer Court in Amaroo, currently surrounded by a temporary fence. The remaining stone walls require some conservation prior to removing the fence and interpreting the story of the hut and surroundings. There is also some cleaning of the site to be done, to remove broken bricks and stone etc.
CAS member Marilyn Folger is a descendant of the Crinigans, one among many dedicated souls who remember their roots and keep an eye on the place. The descendants and CAS are teaming up to work on the site, from muscle work to stone conservation to research and compiling text. We also plan to involve the local residents in caring for the site so will advertise around Gungahlin and hold a field day when the site is opened to the public.
Marilyn and Louis Folger will be working on the site on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 8, 9 and 10 May and the weekend of 26 – 27 May and some dates to be advised in June. Volunteers to help with the conservation, weeding and cleaning work will be much appreciated. Please contact Marilyn on (02) 6281-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get there and confirm times etc.
ACT Heritage Store CAS, working with staff in the Heritage Unit, is to sort through and record the heritage items in the store, make an inventory, gather any historical background, link to reports and files and advise on future storage and conservation.
Six members attended on 16 April and commenced a first sweep of what was there. Vulnerable items were relocated from substandard containers to a dry shed and work space sorted. A spreadsheet is in development and also recording sheets.
Access to the premises in Lyneham is now imminent, and our first working bee is planned for Saturday 12 May from 2 – 5pm. Please contact Helen (details below) if you can attend, especially to confirm that we do have access.
Girrawah Park sign CAS is to work with the Indigenous representatives on wording for an interpretive sign on this park and playground in the suburb of Ngunnawal. We are hoping an Indigenous person will help us with this project.
Helpers Please contact Helen for any further information on these grants and to offer your assistance. These projects are taken on to promote archaeology in ACT and to provide enjoyable learning experiences for our members.
Image and Reality: Representations of Daily Life at Ankor, as shown on the reliefs of the Bayon and Banteay Chhmar Temples
The archaeology of privilege and servitude at Lake Innes.
Direct Dating of Human Fossils
'Hollywood and Archaeology: representations of archaeologists and the past in feature films'
APPLICATION FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
Closing Date: Friday 25 May 2007
The CAR (Centre for Archaeological Research) radiocarbon dating service includes up to 60 radiocarbon dates offered by the Waikato Radiocarbon Laboratory and funding up to the value of $1800 to access other analytical facilities on campus (ANU) or off campus to complete specified archaeological research (eg. SEM, isotope analysis, OSL dating).
Eligibility to apply for dates in the CAR scheme is restricted to members who are current ANU staff on contracts of 12 months or more and to graduate students at the ANU. Applications to CAR must be submitted on or before the deadline: 5pm Friday 25 May 2007. For details and the application form please go to the CAR website http://car.anu.edu.au/facilities.html
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Treasurer: Katarina Boljkovac
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Membership Secretary: Stephanie Hill - firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Member: Llanon Davis
Emma Bonthorne, Llanon Davis & Rose O’Sullivan
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The registration for the forthcoming ANU symposium Drawn Together: on the practice and collection of indigenous drawings is now open. We have a great group of participants and so if you are interested registration details and several of the abstracts are now available at: http://www.anu.edu.au/culture/events/drawing/index.php
Bacterium found in soil and dirt improves peoples’ spirits Research has revealed that bacteria common in soil and dirt can improve peoples’ spirits, as reported in the Sunday Times (Elliott 2007). Studies found that Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae) stimulates the body’s immune system, which also leads to the increased production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin being a hormone associated with feeling of wellbeing, the effect has been described as being similar to that of antidepressants.
This not only demonstrates the way the body communicates with the brain and the link between physical and mental health; but also the danger of raising children in sterile environments. Exposure to common microbes in early life helps develop the immune system and without such exposure, the immune system is likely to mistake the body’s own cells as invaders. This is thought to be linked with the surge in such conditions as asthma and eczema.
Research was carried out by Dr. Chris Lowry, a neuroscientist at Bristol University. Details of this study can be found in the Neuroscience journal.
This also goes to show yet another way in which archaeology benefits society – it provides people with an opportunity to play in the dirt, and is therefore a good, healthy career that should be given more government funding.
Elliott, J. (2007). Health and happiness is all down to a roll in the dirt. The Sunday Times. 2007: UK newspaper article.
Australian Archaeological Association Media Releases: New Website A new web site, the media release page is now in operation. To view previous releases go to:
http://www.australianarchaeologicalassociation.com.au/media Any appropriate media releases can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Nicolas Peterson and Professor Matthew Spriggs Invite you to attend supper
in the Manning Clark Centre Foyer following: The 2007 MULVANEY LECTURE Reconsidering antiquarianism in the history of Australian archaeology
Professor Tim Murray
Thursday 17 May 2007 7.30 p.m.
Manning Clark Centre Theatre 3 RSVP: 11 May, 2007 for catering purposes
T: (02)6125 3498
Canberra Archaeological Society Trivia Night
7pm Friday 25 May, Friends Lounge, National Museum of Australia.
To celebrate National Archaeology Week, CAS is holding an Archaeology Trivia Night. Bring your own drinks and nibbles to enjoy outside beforehand!
Any donations are very much appreciated, and will be acknowledged in Old News, as well as on the night.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Emma Bonthorne on 0402649123.
anu HISTORY SEMINAR SERIES All seminars are scheduled for 11 a.m. Fridays and in the Fairbairn Room (HA1207) of the Hayden-Allen Building. Please direct queries to Mark Dawson: email@example.com 11 MayProfessor Barbara Caine (Monash University):
‘Writing the History of Friendship’
18 MayProfessor Ann Curthoys (ANU):
‘The Ideal of Liberty in a Colonial Context: Indigenous Peoples, the British Empire, and Self-Government for the Australian Colonies’
25 MayChris Bishop (ANU):
01 JuneTravis Cutler (ANU):
‘Filming a Colonial History: Exploring Deadwood, Visualising Thick Description’
ANU Anthropology Seminars Time: Wednesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:15
Place: Coombs Building, Seminar Room A
Convenor: Alan Rumsey, Dept. of Anthropology, RSPAS
firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 6125-2365
May 9Tamara Kohn, Anthropology, Melbourne University.
Discipline, creative power, and the body in martial arts practice
May 16Kalpana Ram, Anthropology, Macquarie University.