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The Canberra Archaeological Society was formed in 1963 to cater for the needs of all people interested in archaeology. Monthly meetings are held at the Australian National University, with guest speakers talking on a range of topics from Australian prehistory to historical archaeology and classical studies. The Society is an Associate Member of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies.

Members have the opportunity to join in field work involving both site recording and excavation. No experience is necessary as training on the job is provided; enthusiasm is the only requirement and the aim is to enjoy the time in the field.

If you wish to become a member, simply download our membership form, fill it in, and send it in to us with your payment.

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Springbank Archaeology Project

Do you live in Canberra and have an interest in local history/ archaeology? Do you want to experience archaeology? If so join our team in a quest to find Springbank Homestead. Now in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin the site of this 19th century residence literally saw the first European settlement of Canberra. A Canberra Archaeology Society and ANU initiative, funded by ACT Heritage, now plans to survey and excavate the site to uncover European and non-European stories of this area. We hope you will join our group and should you wish add stories, documents to this page. You may then wish to join us on the island when excavations begin. It's your project Canberra!

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CAS Events

CAS Events Timetable 2016

Date Presenter Event Location Cost
Wednesday 17 February 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Prof. Matthew Spriggs The Hidden History of a Third of the World: the Collective Biography of Australian and International Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP) Project Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 16 March 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Prof. Mike Smith The Australian Archaeologist's Book of Quotations Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 20 April 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Dr Duncan Wright and Dr Peter Dowling and Dr Ash Lenton Springbank Island and Triabunna Projects Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 18 May 2016
School of Archaeology & Anthropology, ANU 4.30pm
Prof. Bernard Wood Human Evolution: A bush or a ladder? Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 5, Australian National University
Wednesday 22 June 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Dr Dougald O'Reilly Grass Roots Preservation Initiatives: Heritage Watch in Cambodia Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Saturday 23 July 2016
CAS & National Trust (ACT) 9am-6pm
ACT Heritage Symposium Theme: Landscapes Mugga Mugga Cottage, 129 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston ACT
Wednesday 17 August 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Dr Rebecca Parkes Googong Project Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 14 September 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 7.00pm
ANU Students ANU Projects Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 19 October 2016
CAS/CAR Lecture 6.00pm
Ben Keaney Brindabellas Project Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free
Wednesday 16 November 2016
AGM 6.00pm
Lecture 6.30pm
Marilyn Truscott Oman's Heritage: First Peoples, Frankincense, and Forts Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 6, Bldg 26A, Union Court, ANU Gold coin donation, CAS members free

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the Centre for Archaeological Research for joining with us to present the evening lecture series, usually on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.00pm.

Autographed copies of Australian Archaeologists' Book of Quotations by Mike Smith and Billy Griffiths available for $20 (RRP $25) from CAS. Contact Sally Brockwell: Quote-books-flyer

Other Thank-yous

Thanks to Russell Kightley for managing our website!